Air ambulance company transports about 3,500 patients a year by helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft.

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What do you do? I am a flight nurse and regional manager for Airlift Northwest, an air ambulance company that transports about 3,500 patients a year by helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft.

Best part of the job? Being able to help critically ill or injured patients and bring them to a tertiary hospital. Whether it is in the San Juan islands or southeast Alaska, I feel that this job makes a difference in their outcomes.

How do you become a flight nurse? We require five years of critical-care experience … and a professional certification like Certified Emergency Room Nurse, Critical Care Registered Nurse or Certified Flight Nurse.