Critical Care Transport Nurse


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BASIC DESCRIPTION

The critical care transport nurse (CCTN) provides essential services in ensuring the safe on-ground transfer of acutely ill patients from one health care facility to another. The CCTN assesses, monitors, intervenes, and stabilizes critically ill patients during transport.
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
A registered nurse license and at least 2 years of critical care or emergency room experience are required; current Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support certifications are required; certification as Certified Transport Registered Nurse is available from the Emergency Nurses’ Association Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Ability to work in a high-stress environment
■ Ability to lift or move objects over 80 pounds
■ Excellent communication and assessment skills
■ Strong computer skills and ability to use electronic health record/documentation effectively
■ Strong clinical, critical thinking, and decision-making skills

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (www.astna.org)
■ Emergency Nurses Association (www.ena.org)

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