Tony L. Smith, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CFRN, NREMT
Tony was awarded the 2013 VUMC Research and Evidence-Based Practice Award. See here.
Type of project: Program Evaluation
Title of project: Flight Paramedic to Flight Nurse: A Pilot Program
Co-workers involved in this project: Shala Horton, ADN, NREMT-P, CCRN and Jeanne Yeatman, MBA, BSN, RN
Description of project: This program was developed and implemented to assist with the transition of the flight paramedic, who has achieved his/her nursing degree, in becoming a flight nurse. The state requirements differ between a flight paramedic and a flight nurse. This program was structured to meet not only state requirements but the industry standards. The pilot mirrored the current VUMC nurse residency, however after "placement" the medic-nurse pilot was tailored to fit the state experience requirements.
Why you chose this project: At the time of implementation there were no best practices identified for this type of career transition.
1.) Flight Paramedic to Flight Nurse: A Pilot Program - Air Medical Transport Conference, Seattle, WA. October 23, 2012. (Podium)
2.) Flight Paramedic to Flight Nurse: A Pilot Program - VUMC Nurses' Week Research Poster Session, May 3, 2013. (Poster)
Future plans: Tony is in the process of writing a manuscript on the results of this pilot, and will submit for publication in the near future.