Employment

Work for one of the nation's best ground and air medical programs. Named the 2020 Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS).

AAMS Program of the Year LogoLifeFlight flight crew (nurses, critical care paramedics), critical care ground transport (AEMTs, Critical Care Paramedics, RNs), ground EMS (AEMTs and paramedics), event medicine (AEMTs and Paramedics), and communications (AEMTs and paramedics) staff positions are listed online at the Vanderbilt Human Resources site Jobline. 

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Positions that we may have open include Event Medicine AEMTs and Paramedics; Ground EMS AEMTs and Paramedics; Flight Medical Personnel (critical care paramedics and RNs); and Communications personnel. 

Here are the positions we normally hire in each of our divisions, and their minimum requirements. Please note that this list is not necessarily all inclusive and does not represent open positions. You must go to the VUMC Career site to search for any open positions, and apply there.


Ground Ambulance Division

  • BLS/ALS Ground Ambulance Transport (Bases in Nashville, Lebanon, Clarksville and Tullahoma)
  • Critical Care Ground Ambulance (Nashville Based)
  • Discharge Coordination Center
  • Emergency Communications Center
  • Event Medicine

Positions are listed online at the Vanderbilt Human Resources site Jobline. 

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LifeFlight Discharge Transport Coordination and Emergency Communications

Communicator (ground ambulance transport coordinator)

The LifeFlight Ground Ambulance Transport Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordination, and dispatch of all emergent and non-emergent LifeFlight Ground Ambulance transport requests as well third-party transport vendors who augment transport requests to and from VUMC facilities. 

High School Diploma / GED

  • Two years relevant experience
  • TN EMT or Paramedic License (if transferring from another state, must have verified TN license by first day of employment)
  • Current AHA BLS certification

Communicator (Flight Coordinator - Licensed EMT)

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Current TN Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) required
  • 2 years of experience (or equivalent)
  • National Association of Air Medical Communications (NAACs) preferred.
  • Licensed Emergency Medical Technician Required

Communicator (Flight Coordinator - Unlicensed PRN)

  • Performs dispatch, communications and coordination of LifeFlight Ground Transport and LifeFlight Event Medicine
  • Two years relevant experience (Required)
  • Public Safety 911 communications experience or equivalent EMS agency dispatch and logistics coordination (required)
  • Emergency Medical Technician field experience is preferred but not required.

Positions are listed online at the Vanderbilt Human Resources site Jobline. 

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Ground Transport EMS

LifeFlight Ground Transport teams are an integral part of a comprehensive community-based EMS system, designed to provide both high-acuity urgent interfacility transports to a higher-level care and scheduled non-urgent transport of patients from VUMC hospitals to post-acute care facilities or home.  LifeFlight Ground EMS also responds to requests for mutual aid to support any community 911 or hospital system during times of natural disaster, mass casualty, or other extreme circumstances.  Each LifeFlight Ground transport base is specifically aligned in communities requiring direct support of VUMC hospitals or partnering facilities; however, the entire program responds to requests across a multi-state region. 

Paramedic (BLS/ALS Ground Ambulance) (Full time or PRN)

The paramedic is responsible for assessment, treatment, and transport of all types of patients and conditions, and must be able to provide the level of care required to match the patient’s needs (ALS, BLS or Specialty Care).  The paramedic must initiate and or adapt patient care plans according to scope of practice requirements and LifeFlight approved treatment protocols and medical direction.  The paramedic is responsible for continuously reassessing and adjusting care as conditions change with the goal of always optimizing outcomes. The paramedic is expected to always deliver exceptional compassion, professionalism, patient care, and customer service.  Effective communications and close collaboration with EMS team members, hospital staff, communicators, and other key stake holders is essential.

The paramedic will communicate with all medical personnel and facilities’ staff in a respectful manner while obtaining instructions or feedback for transport and hand-off.  The paramedic will communicate clearly and concisely via radio to relay critical and time sensitive patient information to receiving facilities.  The paramedic will complete all required documentation appropriately and in a timely manner.  The paramedic will always operate an emergency vehicle and equipment in a safe and effective manner. The paramedic will work closely with their teammates to check, restock, inventory and clean emergency vehicles and supplies as to stay ready for a timely response.  The paramedic will stay in good standing with state and institutional requirements.

  • High school diploma/GED
  • TN Paramedic License (if transferring from another state, must have verified TN license by first day of employment)
  • TN Driver’s license with F endorsement required or if resident of another state, must have a valid driver’s license in that state that meets that states EMS requirements.
  • Two years of relevant Paramedic experience (or equivalent) (Preferred)
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Training and VKF training is required (Can be taken during the orientation period).
  • BLS, ACLS, PALS required. PHTLS must be obtained within 90 days of hire, and TECC must be obtained within 120 days of hire.

Critical Care Paramedic (BLS/ALS Ground Ambulance, Critical Care Ground) (Full time or PRN)

  • Job requires Graduate of an accredited discipline specific program
  • Three years of experience as a paramedic in an emergency setting (required) however five years is preferred
  • Certifications including BLS, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS or BTLS
  • Licensed Paramedic in TN and KY or the ability to obtain license in these areas
  • Tennessee Critical Care Paramedic (CCEMT-P) certification required and additionally Flight Paramedic Certification, (FP-C) preferred. FP-C certification is required within one year of employment

Ground Transport AEMT (BLS/ALS or Critical Care Ground) (Full time or PRN)

The AEMT is responsible for assessment, treatment, and transport of all types of patients and conditions, and must be able to provide the level of care required to match the patient’s needs (ALS, BLS or Specialty Care).  The AEMT must initiate and or adapt patient care plans according to scope of practice requirements and LifeFlight approved treatment protocols and medical direction.  The AEMT is responsible for continuously reassessing and adjusting care as conditions change with the goal of always optimizing outcomes. The AEMT is expected to always deliver exceptional compassion, professionalism, patient care, and customer service.  Effective communications and close collaboration with EMS team members, hospital staff, communicators, and other key stake holders is essential.

The AEMT will communicate with all medical personnel and facilities’ staff in a respectful manner while obtaining instructions or feedback for transport and hand-off.  The AEMT will communicate clearly and concisely via radio to relay critical and time sensitive patient information to receiving facilities.  The AEMT will complete all required documentation appropriately and in a timely manner.  The AEMT will always operate an emergency vehicle and equipment in a safe and effective manner. The AEMT will work closely with their teammates to check, restock, inventory and clean emergency vehicles and supplies as to stay ready for a timely response.  The AEMT will stay in good standing with state and institutional requirements.

  • High school diploma/GED
  • TN AEMT License (if transferring from another state, must have verified TN license by first day of employment
  • TN Driver’s license with F endorsement required or if resident of another state, must have a valid driver’s license in that state that meets that states EMS requirements.
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Training and VKF training is required (Can be taken during the orientation period).
  • BLS required, PHTLS must be obtained within 90 days of hire, and TECC must be obtained within 120 days of hire.

Positions are listed online at the Vanderbilt Human Resources site Jobline. 

Search keyword LifeFlight for current positions and job descriptions.


Event Medicine AEMT (PRN)

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • One Year relevant AEMT 911 experience (or equivalent) (Preferred)
  • Licensed Advanced Emergency Medical Technician in Tennessee Tennessee Drivers License with F Endorsement
  • Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Certified (Preferred)
  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (Preferred)
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Certified 

Event Medicine Paramedic (PRN)

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Two Years relevant paramedic 911 experience (or equivalent) (Preferred)
  • Licensed Paramedic in Tennessee Tennessee Drivers License with F Endorsement
  • Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certified
  • Pre- Hospital Trauma Life Support Certified (Preferred)
  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (Preferred)
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Certified

Positions are listed online at the Vanderbilt Human Resources site Jobline. 

Search keyword LifeFlight for current positions and job descriptions.


Flight Division

Vanderbilt LifeFlight, named the 2020 AAMS Program of the Year, is Tennessee’s premiere air medical transport program, providing service via helicopters, a fixed wing aircraft and ground ambulances. Our team has an accident-free safety record since its inception in 1984. We accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Trauma Systems (CAMTS) and are an IFR program.  Our aircraft fleet includes the following: EC145, EC-135, and EC-130. Our fixed-wing aircraft is a Pilatus PC-12.

We transport to all Nashville hospitals and have immediate access to the region's only Level I Trauma Center, Burn Center and Children's Hospital, all at Vanderbilt. Our helicopters will carry a Nurse/MD, NP/Paramedic, NP/Nurse, Nurse/Nurse or Nurse/Paramedic team. All RN helicopter crew members are dual licensed with both RN and EMT-P or EMT multi-state licenses.

Flight Critical Care Nurse (full time positions only)

  • Three years ED/Critical Care experience (ideally at a Level I Trauma Center)
  • Pediatric experience greater than 640 hours if not included in above experience
  • Tennessee or National Registry: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P)
  • BLS
  • ACLS
  • PALS
  • NRP
  • One of the following: CEN, CCRN and/or CFRN certifications
  • Either a Trauma Nursing Core Course or a Transport Nurse Advanced Trauma Course (TNATC)
  • Strong preference for previous flight experience

Flight Critical Care Paramedic (full time positions only)

The Flight Paramedic provides advanced pre-hospital and inter-facility patient care from initial contact until care is relinquished to the accepting medical facility. Maintains thorough patient care documentation of assessment and intervention throughout the entire transport and will practice within the scope of practice as defined by the state of Tennessee and programs protocols. Demonstrates proficient clinical knowledge and competency of psychomotor skills during transport and will maintain through actively participating in ongoing advanced skills laboratories and hand-on clinical exercises. Acts as a clinical role model and resource to resolve complex situations and patient care issues. Participates in improvement activities and problem solving projects as assigned by the leadership team. Communicates safety concerns to leadership team, educational needs of customers and service area and deliver stellar customer service to both internal and external customers.

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 3 years in an emergency setting
  • Licensed TN Paramedic - Critical Care
  • Tennessee Driver’s License - F Endorsement
  • Licensed EMT-P in Kentucky Required
  • BLS
  • ACLS
  • PALS
  • NRP
  • PHTLS/ITLS
  • EVOC
  • Preferred:
  • Flight experience
  • FP- C

 

Positions are listed online at the Vanderbilt Human Resources site Jobline. 

Search keyword LifeFlight for current positions and job descriptions.


Pilots and Mechanics

Pilots and mechanics are employed by Air Methods Corporation. Current job openings and requirements are available at www.airmethods.com.