Become an RFDS Flight Nurse (Midwifery)

Flight nurse Charelville

A rewarding career

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Work in a job where no two days are the same.

RFDS (Queensland Section) flight nurses specialise in providing aeromedical retrieval and inter-hospital transfer services.

They transport patients with a wide range of medical conditions, including acute medical conditions, trauma cases, the transfer of expectant mothers and infants to specialist care and much more. 

The clinical presentations requiring retrieval are diverse, including intensive care, trauma, emergency, cardiac, neurology, obstetrics, paediatrics, and neonates. 

No two days are ever the same in the role of a flight nurse (midwifery) with the RFDS (Queensland Section).

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What does it take to be an RFDS Flight Nurse (Midwifery)?

  • Registered Nurse and Midwife with AHPRA registration.
  • Demonstrated five years post graduate experience (full-time equivalent).
  • Demonstrated three years’ experience in a critical care environment. Either in ED with 24-hour in-department medical coverage or a recognised ICU. This experience can be obtained after employment.
  • Current Advanced Life Support (ALS2).
  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) -Neonatal resuscitation certification.
  • Ability to be adaptable and resourceful.
  • Ability to be a confident advocate for your patients as flight nurses are both decision makers' and primary caregivers.
  • Highly committed to quality patient care.
  • Ability to work autonomously, with many taskings flight nurse only. 
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable. Things can change quickly on the job, and you always have to be ready.
  • Experience working with a variety of presentations across the lifespan.
  • Ability to apply experience outside a hospital setting.
  • Both traditional and Inter-Facility transfer bases have different work profiles and volume. The versatile nature of the work suits an experienced ED nurse. 
  • Ability to build positive relationships and work closely with local healthcare providers and communities. 
  • Shifts are typically 6 am to 6 pm and 6 pm to 6 am.

Development opportunities with the RFDS (Queensland Section)

  • Midwifery Scholarship Program: This offers the opportunity for skilled registered nurses with extensive backgrounds in critical care to receive financial support to complete a midwifery qualification.
  • Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program: This is an internal scholarship to support flight nurses in their nurse practitioner studies
  • Internal training: The RFDS (Queensland Section) run a number of internal training and professional development opportunities across many areas including cabin safety, emergency procedures and clinical learning.
  • Professional Development opportunities: Formal support and training can be organised for specialist areas such as obstetrics and neonatal.

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Benefits of working for the RFDS

  • Flight Nurses in Queensland take pride in being individually responsible for a significant geographical area during their shift. This encompasses the crucial role and personal responsibility they hold within the network.
  • During a night shift, you are one of just seven nurses providing the finest care to the furthest corner. 
  • No two days are the same as a flight nurse. You could be in Cairns or Cunnamulla with no routine which makes for both a challenging and rewarding role.
  • The opportunity to work autonomously with 80% of taskings flight nurse only.
  • Patient ratios never go above three patients to one flight nurse. Typically, a flight will have two patients, although when you have a critical patient, two clinicians will be on board to support.
  • Be part of a hardworking, dedicated and highly regarded team, providing the finest care to the furthest corners of Queensland.
  • Working within a small team, you will be involved in making decisions and providing assessment of taskings from a nursing perspective to ensure the best outcome for the patients.
  • Always have the support of the pilot and wider engineering and logistics team to ensure smooth transfers.
  • Reduced administration load given the focus on proving care to the patient during flight.
  • The role is solutions focused, with each tasking seeing a resolution when a flight is completed.
  • Build connections with community and other local healthcare providers.
  • Supportive and available leaders who are there to provide ongoing support each and every day.

" There is no better sight than the RFDS on the horizon. You know help is coming." - Station owner

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Extra benefits of working for the RFDS

  • Generous base salary of $133,000 (FTE) + superannuation.
  • Access to generous not-for-profit tax-free benefits of up to $18,550
  • Extensive orientation program ensuring you are well equipped to be confident in your new role.
  • Commitment to your professional development with paid study leave.
  • Education Entitlement: The RFDS (Queensland Section) will recognise your additional relevant post grad qualifications with additional pay-points.
  • Six weeks annual leave.
  • Relocation allowances up to $7,000 plus support with RFDS paid accommodation while you settle.
  • Extra benefits of working at a western base:
    • Gratuity of $3,700 after 12 months and $5,550 after two years.
    • Rent/mortgage assistance of up to $23,000 In Mount Isa and $13, 000 in Charleville.
    • Remote area payment of $4,688.
    • Remote area housing assistance - rental 50% reduction of taxable value for FBT.
    • Remote area residential (not vehicle) fuel 50% reduction of taxable value for FBT.
    • Remote area housing assistance - mortgage interest 50% reduction of taxable value for FBT.
    • Remote area travel assistance – 50% reduction of taxable value for FBT.
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Where you could work

As an RFDS (Queensland Section) flight nurse, you could work at any of the following bases:

  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville
  • Cairns
  • Mount Isa
  • Charleville

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