M.S. (Master of Science)
School of Nursing
Aviation medicine--United States; Aviation nursing--United States
No data exist regarding the current status of flight nursing orientation practices in civilian United States' air medical programs. This descriptive study was designed to identify commonalities and differences in flight nurse orientation programs provided across the country. A survey was developed based on a framework for progression through levels of skills acquisition, current literature, and professional standards regarding flight nursing orientation. A questionnaire was mailed to all (n = 235) medical crew supervisors of flight programs belonging to the Association of Air Medical Services. Major findings included inconsistency in the application of national standards regarding flight nurse orientation hiring requirements, content and process, timeframe, and method of evaluating outcomes. Air medical programs and professional organizations associated with flight nursing should examine current standards and practice, and devise realistic, effective means to orient new flight nurses. Future research is needed regarding ways to improve the efficacy of flight nurse orientation.
Wagner, Peggy L., "Flight nurse orientation practices of air medical programs" (1994). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 3147.
vii, 109 pages
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