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The ASA+ FNA Conference Photo Competition for 30th Aeromedical Society of Australasia and Flight Nur

Education Matters - the next 30 years

Christine Wilson
Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Ops, Adelaide Airport, Australia



Christine is the recently appointed clinical educator for Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations. She has a background in Midwifery, Intensive care nursing & Retrieval nursing and has been a university lecturer of both nursing and paramedic students. Having recently taken on the role she has recently reviewed the clinical education requirements for flight nurses and this paper comes from this review.



To explore the scope and maintenance of knowledge and skills for flight nurses Australia wide. Currently there is limited consensus in both mandatory and desired knowledge and skills of flight nurses. Whilst there are common skills checklists within services there is no formal agreement.


Nature and scope
This presentation seeks to highlight the complexity and breadth of skills required by flight nurses through cases and the difficulty in achieving effective maintenance of skills over long time frames.

Issue for consideration
This paper seeks to reactivate discussion around the skillset of contemporary flight nurses Australia wide and the maintenance of competence in this austere and often solitary nursing practice.


Generate inclusive cross – organisational service discussions to create a framework and consensus around core flight nursing knowledge and skills.


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