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AFSC 46F4, Staff
AFSC 46F3, Qualified
AFSC 46F1, Entry

Specialty Summary. Provides comprehensive nursing care for all types of patients during aeromedical evacuation and airlift flights. Coordinates with and makes recommendations to staff agencies concerning aeromedical plans. Related DoD Occupational Group: 6E.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Performs as a member of the aeromedical evacuation crew. Functions as the senior medical member of the aeromedical evacuation team on CONUS, intra-theater, and inter-theater flights. Provides for inflight management and nursing care for all types of patients. Informs agencies and personnel concerned with changes in patients’ conditions or conduct of the mission.

Plans and prepares for aeromedical evacuation missions. Coordinates with the operational aircrew and preplans missions. Prepares patient positioning plan to facilitate patient enplaning, nursing care, comfort, and safety. Evaluates individual patient’s inflight needs and requests appropriate medications, supplies, and equipment. Supervises enplaning and securing of patients. Prepares and maintains plan for patient evacuation from aircraft in case of an aircraft emergency.

Plans and provides inflight patient care. Provides continuing nursing care from originating to destination facility. Continuously evaluates patient’s condition and reactions to inflight stresses. Initiates appropriate action in management of patients’ symptoms arising from illness, injury, and inflight stresses. Acts as liaison between medical and operational aircrews and support personnel in order to promote patient comfort and to expedite the mission. Maintains and annotates inflight patient records. Maintains and completes data on forms relative to the mission. Supervises deplaning of patients and off-loading of patient baggage, supplies, and equipment. Briefs medical personnel at receiving medical facility on continuing nursing care and requirements. Accompanies patient to receiving medical facility when appropriate.

Provides emergency care. Initiates emergency treatment in the absence of a physician for inflight medical emergencies. Provides emergency care to patients in the event of an aircraft emergency, wheels-up landing, ditching, rapid decompression, or fuselage fire.

Participates in nursing service administration activities. Participates in the instruction and evaluation of the performance and quality of inflight nursing care routines and practices.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: special aeromedical supplies and equipment in the management of inflight emergencies patient comfort and safety measures in the aeromedical environment, and principles and practices of nursing including the implications of drug therapy and the effects of altitude. The knowledge requirement is satisfied by completion of the mandatory flight nurse course and represents full qualification.

Education. For entry into this specialty, graduation from an accredited school of nursing acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF, is mandatory.

Training. For award of AFSC 46F1, completion of a Flight Nurse Course acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF, is mandatory.

Experience. For award of AFSC 46F3, a minimum of 12 months of assignment is mandatory to an aeromedical evacuation unit and at least 100 hours of flying time logged as a flight nurse. It is mandatory that experience include all phases of flight nursing techniques and management such as planning for aeromedical evacuation missions and providing for in-flight patient care.

Other. For entry into this specialty, physical qualification for flying duty according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examinations and Standards, Class III medical standards, is mandatory.

Specialty Shredouts:

None

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Above Information Derived from AFMAN 36-2105

 

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