Flight Nurse Rescuer – RCH 100 – CON AIR 1 – Concord, CA Job at REACH Medical Holdings – 3.3 in Concord, CA

OverviewThe REACH Flight Nurse Rescuer position is an advanced, multifunctional role providing safe, efficient customer oriented, high-quality patient care in a public search and rescue professional model.

The Flight Nurse Rescuer exercises a high level of independent judgment, critical thinking and advanced problem solving. Excellence in this role is exemplified in the management of both strategic and tactical clinical objectives specific to the duties, tasks and responsibilities of the REACH Air Medical Services Public Aircraft Operations Division, which includes, but is not limited to: medical care and air transport of critically ill or injured patients, aerial firefighting, search and rescue services, and rescue hoist operations.

Nurses in this role will participate in public service education as well as Flight Team training and safety programs throughout the REACH Air Medical Services response area. The Flight Nurse Rescuer conducts training for new and existing Medical Crew members. In every situation, the REACH Flight Nurse Rescuer does what is right for the patient based on a thorough medical assessment, appropriate clinical care, implementation of Company protocols/SOPs, and professional, inter-agency collaboration and cooperation.


Delivers safe and efficient, customer oriented, high-quality nursing care to each patient throughout the transport process.

Utilizes REACH Clinical Protocols to provide high quality patient care.

Performs nursing expanded scope practice policies and procedures to deliver high quality patient care in the transport environment.

Demonstrates cognitive and motor skills necessary to perform nurse scope practice policies and procedures.

Monitors, records, and reports to receiving staff, patient condition and response to interventions.

Properly utilizes aircraft radios and navigation tools to assist in the safe and efficient transport of the patient as well as search and rescue assignments.

Represents REACH in public relations and safety in-services to improve awareness and safety.

Responds to a variety of emergency calls to provide medical care/oversight as well as other mission-critical functions including hoist rescue operations.

Other duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at any time at the discretion of management, either orally or in writing.



Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.

Current unrestricted RN license in State of practice.

Minimum of three (3) years of emergency/critical care experience (>1 year of adult ICU preferred).

PICU, NICU and CCT experience desirable.

Current Certifications (Pre-Hire)

Current AHA or ASHI Basic Life Support (BLS)

Current AHA or ASHI Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Current AHA or ASHI Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or

ACEP Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) or

ENPC Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course

AAP Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

Approved Trauma Certification within six (6) months of hire per Company policy

National certification desirable upon application but required within one (1) year of hire per Company policy

Experience in the following is preferred, but not required;

Meeting emergencies, rapid problem-solving, and sound decision-making in the field with changing conditions.

Building consensus and teamwork under stressful conditions.

Planning and organizing work assignments.

Low to high angle and swift water rescue techniques.

Helicopter hoist rescue techniques.

General Requirements

Excellent customer service skills.

Ability to communicate professionally, effectively and persuasively (oral and written).

Ability to maintain composure under pressure, work efficiently and accurately with frequent interruptions, and set and reset multiple priorities.

Presents a professional image as a REACH Flight Team member.

Maintains a positive team attitude and cohesive working relationship with nurses, paramedics, pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians, communication specialists and all other supporting departments.

Maintains proficiency and exercises best practices regarding relevant aviation SOPs, protocols and policies.

Stays current on local EMS Agency and/or county protocols and requirements.

Maintains proficiency and evaluates risk/benefit of helicopter and ground rescue operations.

Directs, educates and coordinates colleagues on medical calls and trauma scenes to achieve maximum effectiveness.

Works collaboratively with other public service/public safety entities in a variety of inter-agency operations.

Maintains currency in all required trainings and certifications.

NOTE: Please refer to SOP’s for part-time Job Requirements.

Physical Requirements (Standard)

Performs activities requiring a moderate amount of standing, sitting, and walking.

Able to conduct activities requiring a moderate to rigorous amount of static pushing, pulling, reaching and lifting (knuckle height and ankle height).

Capable of lifting 75lbs. floor to bench height.

Capable of safe and expedient ingress/egress to and from aircraft or emergency vehicles in undeveloped landing zones or unrefined, uneven ground.

Ability to hear routine aircraft and medical equipment noises.

Maintains a “duty” weight (body weight + uniform/equipment – helmet not included) of less than 220lbs (weigh-ins every quarter) for Rotor Wing (Helicopter) operations.

Must be able to wear a commercially available respirator mask with proper fit, when required.

Requires close and distant visual capability.

Periodic hands to key ability (typing).

Ability to work within a 24-hour job environment.

Physical Requirements (Enhanced)

The REACH Flight Nurse Rescuer is a multi-faceted, high performance role with enhanced physical demands, and increased levels of mental focus and elevated risk tolerance. As such, the following position-specific requirements are strictly enforced with mandatory pre-employment testing. Failure to meet any single item in this category results in disqualification from REACH’s Air Medical Services Public Aircraft Operations candidacy. The Flight Nurse Rescuer must meet all Standard Physical Requirements listed above as well as demonstrate ability to accomplish the following activities initially and annually:

Unaided 300-meter swim within 8 minutes, immediately followed by;

1.5 mile run within 13 minutes – OR –

3-mile hike within 45 minutes wearing a 45 lb. pack.

Basic lifting of a gurney (with a partner) weighted to at least 180 lbs.

The REACH Flight Nurse Rescuer must pass an annual Fitness for Duty assessment involving the swim/run parameters listed above. The Flight Nurse Rescuer will also be required to pass this same assessment if returning from a leave of absence lasting longer than two weeks (at the discretion of the Director in charge of the REACH Public Aircraft Operation Division).

Environmental Conditions

The Flight Nurse Rescuer’s duties are performed in either indoor or outdoor environments. The Flight Nurse Rescuer may be exposed to routine office noises along with frequent exposure to an aircraft hangar environment with loud aircraft noise, fumes, gases, odors, dust particles and mechanical/electrical and chemical hazards. Inside the aircraft and during flight operations, Flight Nurse Rescuer will be exposed to electrical or mechanical hazards as well as strong winds, rain, water and rough terrain during mechanical hoist, rappel and rescue operations. The Flight Nurse Rescuer must be present at work site to complete the job.

Protective Equipment

Nomex full body flight suit

Leather or Nomex boots

Aviation Helmet

PPE – latex gloves, goggles, and HEPA mask

Hearing protection (plugs, band or head set)

Work Place Conditions

The Flight Nurse Rescuer is physically based at an airport (or similar) “crew quarters” for 24 hour shifts and must be prepared at a moment’s notice (within 4 minutes) to begin air ambulance or rescue missions that last from ½ hour to 8 hours in duration. The crew quarters are equipped with kitchen, shower, rest and sleeping facilities.

Work Schedule

The expected standard shift for a REACH Public Aircraft Operation Division base is a nine (9) day rotating Kelly schedule and will include nights, and occasional weekends or holidays. Sometimes a flight shift may extend past 24 hours.

NOTE: Please refer to SOP’s for part-time Job Requirements.

Additional Information

REACH offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, as well as a 401(k) plan. We also offer a flexible paid-time-off program and voluntary supplemental life insurance packages.

The REACH Medical Holdings Family of Companies is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military/veteran status, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans).

About the Company

Company: REACH Medical Holdings – 3.3

Company Location:  Concord, CA

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About REACH Medical Holdings - 3.3