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Students Learn About Flight Nursing

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Senior and junior students in the Arkansas Tech University nursing program had an opportunity to learn more about careers in flight nursing during an on-campus demonstration on Monday, Nov. 14.

A team of three pilots and flight nurses associated with Survival Flight Inc. and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville landed their helicopter on the band practice field located on the north end of the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville.

Students and faculty from the Arkansas Tech Department of Nursing visited with the crew and learned about the life-saving tools on board the helicopter.

"Demonstrations such as this make the idea of various careers more accessible to our students," said Shaana Escobar, assistant professor of nursing at Arkansas Tech and co-coordinator of Monday's event along with fellow nursing faculty member Susan Self. "It has opened their eyes to the idea that there are more options in nursing than being a floor nurse."

According to the online resource, individuals holding the Registered Nurse credential who work as flight nurses in the United States have a median annual salary of $78,185.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department of Nursing.