Flight Nursing Inquiry Theory

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Reimer & Moore (2010) state “The concepts depicted in the diagram are shown as a process from left to right, with the left-hand section containing the input concepts of experience and training. The middle of the diagram displays the throughput or processes concepts used during decision-making, and the right-hand sections depict the output, the actions taken by the flight nurse” (p. 1189).
By combining the Theory of Flight Nursing Expertise and simulation training, patient outcomes can be improved. Without the Theory of Flight Nursing Expertise, there is not a standardized guide on becoming an expert flight nurse.
In the first study, Gates, Parr, and Hughen (2012) conducted an institutional review board (IRB) approved experimental designed
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The control group had a score of 64.4 for procedure skills and a score of 16.2 on teamwork. The following test were used in the study: Two-tail Student’s t-tests (P-value s thinking, and (4) ask “what-if” questions to probe hypothetical situations on how the flight nurse might have responded differently.” (Reimer et al. 2013, p. 278). After analyzing the cycles of inquiry, three themes emerged. The three themes are: partner cuing, anticipating future events, and expanded decision making. The original theory was then refined to include partner cuing and expanded decision making. The study was used to refine and validate the original theory. The study was very limited with only three flight nurses being interviewed and eight flight nurses completing the eight question questionnaire. The flight nurses expressed their own thoughts and opinions. This study presented at a level V evidence (Facciano & Synder, 2012). Reimer et al. (2013) did state “This investigation provides initial empirical support for the new middle-range theory of flight nursing expertise.” (p. 279). There was not any evidence of IRB …show more content…
183). By following the diagram of the theory and use of an airframe in a flight simulator, the flight nurse, and flight nurse practitioner can train in an environment as close as to reality without harming the patient. They then can review the simulation and follow the diagram of all nine concepts of experience, training, psychomotor skill, cue recognition, pattern recognition, transport environment of care, flight nursing knowledge, decision-making, and