By Job Shadowing a Real Flight Nurse on Board a Multi-Million Dollar Trauma Helicopter
Is it really possible to fly air medical for one day? Sounds crazy, right?
I mean, c’mon, you can’t just walk over to your local air medical base and ask to ride along for a day, and have them say “yes?”
Or can you?
The answer will probably surprise you.
Most people agree the idea does sound crazy.
It’s crazy to think flying air medical for one day is even possible. The idea seems too far fetched. It’s so unbelievable that a lot of folks dismiss the whole idea. And it’s these same folks who miss one of the best kept secrets in the medical field.
What is the best kept secret in the medical field?
The best kept secret in the medical field is air medical fly-along day. A real world opportunity to fly along with your local air medical crew.
Don’t miss out.
Fly along day is real. And it really is the chance of a lifetime for many people.
Fly Real Cases, Treat Real Patients, Decide if Air Medical is Really for You
So what exactly is Air Medical Fly-along day?
Air medical fly-along day is a job shadow program offered by most air medical helicopter companies. A chance to see first-hand what flight nurses, flight paramedics and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) pilots do on a “typical” day. Air medical job shadow programs are just like any other job shadow program, except for one very neat exception –you get to fly!
You already know what job shadow means
Job shadow means you follow around (shadow) a professional working in a career field that interests you. For example purposes, lets say a kindergarten teacher. So if you were going to job shadow a kindergarten teacher, you would do everything he or she does to prepare, setup and teach kindergarten classes to kindergarten students.
Air Medical job shadowing works the same way. You follow along and watch what real flight crews do to prepare, setup and fly trauma patients from accident scenes to hospitals, and from hospital to hospital.
You spend a day flying with actual flight crew on board real trauma helicopters. You get to see what the crews do. And you get to ask the questions you always wanted to ask:
- How fast does this bad boy go?
- When and where are we getting gas? When do we eat?
- How does the hospital know we’re coming?
- Shouldn’t somebody let them know we’re going to land on their roof?
You get the idea.
Who Can Benefit from Air Medical Fly-Along Day?
You can benefit from air medical fly-along day, even if you’re not sure air medical is the right career for you.
And if you already have an interest in air medical careers; you owe it to yourself to do a fly-along day.
There is simply no substitute for actual helicopter flying when figuring out if helicopter flying is for you.
Does anybody else benefit from fly-along day?
The answer is yes.
Your local hospital, the flight companies, and your local community all benefit from fly-along day.
This is one of the reasons air medical fly-along is possible. All three groups are trying to spread the word about the services they offer. All three groups need a certain amount of cases to sustain operations. All three groups benefit from the positive buzz and word of mouth advertising created through fly-along days.
Have I convinced you yet? I hope so.
I Want to Fly… How Do I Get Started?
How do you sign up for air medical fly along day?
You sign up for air medical fly-along day the same way you sign up for any other job shadow program.
Reach out to your closest air medical program and get the details of what they require to fly along. If you’re starting from scratch, it might take a little digging to learn the local process. But if you’re serious about flying, you’ll find answers quickly (probably within the hour).
The most important thing is to take action. They’re not going to call you, right?
So you have to show initiative and give them a call, or visit, or whatever it takes.
Flying along for a day is more than just a crazy rumor. It’s real.
And it’s up to you to make it happen.
So get started. Your flight plan is waiting.
Pay It Forward
Does your local helicopter service offer fly-along days?
Give them some love. Share your local air medical program in the comments section below (and any other helpful info).