Air Methods has confirmed that LifeNet Air, a not-for-profit air ambulance company, which serves the US states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, will be one of the first third party organizations to participate in its Ascend critical care clinician education programs.
The company announced it was opening the training programs to external trainees earlier this month.
The program is available to all of LifeNet Air’s flight crew members, and is expected to ‘advance their skills in patient care and increasing retention of qualified clinicians’.
Dr Stephanie Queen, Air Methods Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, said: “Having LifeNet flight crew members participate in our Ascend clinician education programs is an exciting extension of our long-standing partnership.”
Ascend offers both online and in-person courses, including ‘advanced manikin-based simulation and virtual reality training that mirror real-world patient care scenarios’. The courses on offer meet certification requirements for the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) and International Board of Specialty Certifications (IBSC).
“Equipping air medical personnel with advanced, high-quality education helps build confidence and clinical autonomy, alleviate clinician burnout and improve retention – all vitally important to delivering the best care possible to the emergent patients they serve,” Queen added.
“LifeNet Air is excited for the opportunity to have access to this world class, evidence-based medicine in an easy-to-access platform for our 34 flight crew members across four air medical bases,” said Jess Gibbs, LifeNet’s Director of Specialty Care Services.