Transport Nurse Career Guide

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A Transport RN, also known as a Critical Care Transport Nurse, is a highly specialized healthcare professional who plays a crucial role in the safe and efficient transfer of critically ill or injured patients between healthcare facilities. These nurses ensure that patients receive the appropriate care during transit, often in emergency situations.

Essential Job Functions:

Transport Registered Nurses (RNs) are


To become a Transport RN, candidates need to complete a registered nursing program and obtain a state RN license. Most Transport RNs have a background in critical care nursing and may pursue additional certifications related to transport and emergency care.

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Related certifications

Candidates for this role should have experience in critical care settings such as intensive care units (ICUs) or emergency departments. Many Transport RNs hold certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Transport RNs require a combination of clinical skills, critical thinking, communication and adaptability. They must be skilled in assessing and stabilizing patients in various medical scenarios, as well as effectively communicating with patients, families and healthcare teams during high-stress situations.

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Transport RNs are responsible for assessing patients' medical conditions, administering medications, monitoring vital signs, managing medical equipment, providing emotional support to patients and families and collaborating with other healthcare professionals to ensure a seamless transfer of care.

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The average salary for a Transport Nurse is $3,196.00 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a Transport RN offers several benefits. These nurses have the opportunity to provide critical care in high-stress situations, make a significant impact on patients' lives and work closely with interdisciplinary teams. The role often involves a fast-paced environment and exposure to various medical cases.

However, there are also challenges. Transport RNs may face unpredictable and emergency situations, requiring quick decision-making

Transport Nurse Jobs

View job details for Methodist Children's HospitalStaff PositionMethodist Children's HospitalRegistered Nurse (RN) - TransportSan Antonio, TX$31-40/hr
View job details for Baptist Medical CenterStaff PositionBaptist Medical CenterRegistered Nurse (RN) - TransportSan Antonio, TX$29-41/hr
View job details for Texas Children's HospitalStaff PositionTexas Children's HospitalRegistered Nurse (RN) - TransportHouston, TX
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