By joining our team, you will become an elite member of one of the nation's leading Level 1 Trauma Centers and a nationally renowned critical care transport program.

You will be exposed to challenging emergency air/ground transport cases within North Carolina, as well as portions of South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee, treating all populations from neonate to geriatric.

Patient encounters through Duke Life Flight are some of the most mentally and physically demanding as well as rewarding experiences for team members.  We are looking for individuals with exceptional endurance and an ability to think clearly under strenuous situations.

Additional Considerations

  • Two ground transport bases: Durham and Smithfield
  • Two helicopter bases: Durham and Smithfield
  • Positions are staffed in rotating 12-hour shifts.

 

Job Requirements

Please click on the arrows below to see general job descriptions. Official job descriptions can be found on the Duke HR Website:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/jobs/job_descriptions/index.php. Reference the job codes listed below when searching for official job descriptions.

Critical Care Transport Nurse (4024)

General Description

  • Provide comprehensive, safe, effective medical care to patients transported by Duke Life Flight. All positions are 12-hour shifts, day/night rotation with weekends.
  • After orientation to our ground transport units, newly hired employees will be transitioned to flight training as quickly as possible depending on the needs of the program.
  • Strongly prefer experienced ground and/or air transport nurses.

Work Performed

  • Plan, provide, supervise and document professional nursing care utilizing the nursing process for patients in accordance with physician orders and established policies and procedures
  • Use professional nursing judgment to individualize the plan of care based on assessment of the patients’ baseline needs and response to care
  • Delegate tasks and supervise the activities of other licensed and unlicensed clinical care providers
  • Monitor and initiate corrective action to maintain the environment of care including equipment and material resources
  • Participate in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs, and seeking appropriate assistance or educational offerings
  • Act as a preceptor and support the development of other staff and formal learners
  • Participate in the identification of clinical or operational performance improvement opportunities and in performance improvement activities.

Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 years critical care experience preferred with a strong preference for experienced ground and/or air transport nurses.
  • Must have recent direct patient care experience within the last six months of application.
  • Successful completion of BLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, and NRP will be required (ITLS or PHTLS preferred)
  • Must have the ability to work in a diverse, autonomous environment.
  • Physical requirements (height/weight restrictions)
    • No greater than 220 lbs in full uniform
    • No greater than 6’2” in height

Education

  • Work requires graduation from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree or Nursing or Nursing Diploma program.

Emergency Medical Technician (4063)

General Description

  • The EMT Driver will perform a variety of activities associated with Duke Life Flight to include operation of the Life Flight Critical Care Transport ambulance and medical support systems, and assist with operations of associated satellite base and ongoing continuing education outreach programs.

Work Performed

  • Responsible for minor repairs to the unit to include: changing light bulbs, replenishing fluids, tightening nuts and bolts, inspecting tires, etc.
  • Responsible for daily maintenance including fueling and cleaning of vehicle.
  • Responsible for reporting minor and major repairs needs to the site specific Clinical Operations Director.
  • Responsible for assisting nursing staff with patient care as requested to include loading and unloading operation of commonly used equipment and providing family members with information about and directions to Duke.
  • Responsible for replenishing air, oxygen, and medical supplies used during transport.
  • Knowledge of streets and highways within the response area of the mobile intensive care unit.

Experience Requirements

  • Two years’ experience operating an ambulance or fire truck equivalent to the Duke mobile intensive care unit.
  • Two years EMT experience with an active EMT provider
  • Current certification as a North Carolina EMT
  • Current Class C driver’s license

Education

  • Work requires a high school diploma or equivalent degree.

Communications Specialist (4034)

General Description

  • The communications specialist will perform a variety of activities in the Duke Life Flight Communications Center database, mapping systems, and related systems and equipment in support of air medical and ground-based patient transport services.

Work Performed

  • Operate communications center switchboard, two-way radio transmission and receiving console, weather radar system, computer database, mapping systems and related systems and equipment
  • Respond to emergency transport calls and dispatch Duke Life Flight crew according to established procedures
  • Receive incoming calls and set up teleconferences with attending physician(s), flight nurse, referral source and appropriate receiving units; provide information on aircraft or ground transport availability, weather projections, locations and time projections.
  • Recommend appropriate utilization of Duke Life Flight services to medical control officer on duty; outline available options and recommend course of action based on assessment of all relevant factors.
  • Maintain interface with Public Safety to ensure proper coordination of transport services in emergency and trauma-related transport activities.
  • Monitor, read and interpret weather radar information as requested
  • Maintain database on referrals and hospital locations; access, read and interpret county, state and specialized maps for determining locations of accident scenes or referral sites.
  • Provide statistical information as requested to flight crew to include average flight distance, average time, latitudes and longitudes; provide directions for landing sites.
  • Participate in Duke Life Flight educational outreach programs as directed.
  • Enter and record a variety of data and maintain a file of reports, forms, records, and daily log.

Experience Requirements

  • Two years of dispatching experience in 911 control line, fire or police dispatching, air traffic control, hospital-based health or related setting.

Education

  • Work requires the ability to operate radio/console equipment and transmit information generally acquired through a high school education.
  • Requires North Carolina EMT Licensure.

 

If you haven’t already, please utilize the following steps to apply:

  1. Go to www.dukenursing.org.
  2. Go the “job search” section on the left side of the page.
  3. In the fourth box “Keyword(s)”, type “life flight”.
  4. Click on search.
  5. Click on the job title (EMT, Registered Nurse, Communications Specialist, etc.) that you’re interested in.
  6. Click on the ‘Apply to this job’ button at the bottom of the page

For questions not answered by the above information, please contact the Duke Life Flight office at 1-(800)-362-5433 or via email at dukelifeflight@dm.duke.edu