Flight nurse research activities

Cheryl J. Erler, Angela B. Fiege, Cheryl Bagley Thompson

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Introduction: The study purpose was to identify how members of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), formerly called the National Flight Nurses Association, use research in their flight nursing practice. Methods: A survey was mailed to each ASTNA member requesting demographic data and a description of research activities used in their practice of flight nursing. Results: Thirty percent of the 1643 members (n = 497) completed the survey. Sixty-four percent (320) of respondents were direct patient care providers, and 47% were certified flight registered nurses (CFRN). Thirteen percent (65) reported that research was mandated in their job description. Sixty-three percent (315) used research to guide practice, and 37% (183) incorporated research into policies and procedures. Thirty percent (149) actively conducted some type of research, 15% (76) presented at national conferences, and 11 % (53) published in professional journals. Conclusion: Components of the ASTNA research standard are being met by most flight nurses. However, only a small percentage of these nurses are designing and conducting studies and formally disseminating their research findings. Flight nurses are involved in research, but their overall participation could be improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalAir medical journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Flight nurse
  • Research
  • Standards of practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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