About the Flight Nursing Program
The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Flight Nursing Program at FPB is the first formal training program of its kind to prepare nurses at the advanced practice level to provide care to individuals outside of hospitals, while still at a hospital level of care. The program is part of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing, and is a subspecialty of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.
While enrolled in the program, you will receive specialized training in caring for critically ill and injured patients in such locations as, roadside of an accident or at the scene of a natural or technological disaster. Our local partnerships will allow for you to work with Cleveland Clinic’s Critical Care Transport and MetroHealth Medical Center’s Metro Life Flight to bring what you’ve learned in the classroom to life.
In addition to your work in the classroom, gain real-life experience for yourself in the nation’s first flight nursing simulator. This state-of-the-art simulator mimics all the sounds, vibrations and movements of treating critically injured patients from takeoff to landing. The simulator even projects images of actual flight patterns on the helicopter windows to create a truly realistic experience.
Your training won’t stop there. FPB offers an annual flight nursing summer camp that gives ACNP flight nursing students real-world education and practice. This week-long program is comprised of didactic lectures and surgical skill stations encompassing human simulation, natural environments and real time air medical practice strategies. On the last day, a realistic simulation disaster drill puts the participants’ practiced skills to the test. View previous camp videos to learn more.
Influence around the World
In 2008, the Advanced Practice Flight Nurse Program and Case Western Reserve University signed a partnership with Japan's Aichi Medical University to help establish the first graduate-level acute care nurse practitioner/flight nursing program in Asia.
Students must meet the physical ability requirements of our clinical agencies, including the air medical services providers, to be able to provide care while ensuring the safety of students, crew members and the public in unstructured environments.