AIRLIFE serves a ten-state region including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Texas and South Dakota (Neonate Team). Helicopter transports achieve a 150-mile radius from our various bases, while fixed wing aircraft enable AirLife crews to transport up to a 500-miles. Air ambulance licensure is maintained in both Colorado and Wyoming, which are home to our operational and crew bases.
AIRLIFE provides unique services to a large rural area in addition to providing critical care transport services to the Denver metropolitan area. Rural constituents have limited access to specialized services. The rapid access and critical care services provided by AIRLIFE during transport to higher levels of care have significantly improved patient outcomes for the rural communities. The AIRLIFE team thrives on providing cutting edge technology, skill, and service to their patients. AIRLIFE continues their mission to meet the needs of the community and the region.
EDUCATION: Five years of transport experience required. Previously flight experience preferred. Able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of critical thinking skills and practice. Able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of critical care transport.
EXPERIENCE: Five years acute care minimum. Prefer previous critical care or flight transport experience. Able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of emergency medicine/critical care theory and practice. Able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of critical care transport.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, REGISTRATION Current Colorado Certified Paramedic. Nationally Registered Paramedic preferred. Current BCLS, ACLS, PALS, and NRP required at time of hire. F-PC with Critical Care endorsement by State of Colorado required at time of hire.
DEGREE OF SUPERVISION REQUIRED Able to work independently and autonomously with practice guidelines and medical policies and procedures with minimal support or supervision within scope of practice.
ORIENTATION PERIOD Based on experience and continuous assessment of progress of Director, Assistant Director/Chief Flight Nurse, Educator and Medical Director. Orientation ranges between 16-24 weeks. Orientation includes formal hospital and department orientation of 2-4 days during first 2 weeks of employment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS Must be able to work in highly dynamic environment with exposure to noise, vibration and weather extremes. Must be able to wear Night Vision Goggles (NVG's) and helmets for extended periods of time in flight. The weight of each helmet is approximately 3.64 pounds with the additional weight of the NVG's of 1.84 pounds.
Maximum weight of 250 lbs with gear . Weight proportionate to height. Able to lift using proper body mechanics. Activities may include: Lifting patients and equipment weighing up to 400 lbs. into and out of aircraft with assistance. Carrying equipment (50 lbs.) over a variety of terrains without assistance. May need to perform CPR for up to one hour without assistance. Paramedics with chronic medical problems will require approval of AIRLIFE Medical Director/Program Director or Chief Flight Nurse before employment. All employees must successfully complete a complete background check in accordance with HealthONE policy and procedure prior to employment.
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