I am interested in becoming a flight nurse, but I am concerned that my actual or apparent age may be a hinderance to my aspirations. I am in my 40's and look it. I did spend 22 years as a US Army medic, including ten years in special operations (Green Berets), but I am a little hestitant in pursuing positions in a field that is probably populated with young and eager nurses.
I am sure that I can pass a flight phsyical and any physical activity requirements that our local medivac companies (Life-Flight and Calstar) could dream-up. However, I would like to know from if any of you have run into problems being accepted as older flight nurses.
Just as background, I am a "new" nurse, having returned to medicine in the last few years. I am MICN, CCRN, and NICU certified, and I was certified as a Flight Transport Medical Technican while in the Army (meaning that I proved my qualification and training allowing me to participate in over-water, long-distant transport of medically stable patients). I've participated in medivac operations in both peace- and war-time, and I've had battlefield experience. I've also been involved in rescue operations for both military and civilian personnel.
If any of you have some words of advice, please let me know.
Apr 16, '07
yeah.. what they said!!
sounds to me like you have great experience.. don't worry about the age thing...
we have many nurses and medics alike that are well into their 40's... WELL into them..
Last edit by nghtfltguy on Apr 16, '07
I agree with the others. Along with your experience, you would bring a degree of maturity and sense of work ethic that would be appreciated.
No flames, please. Just a comment on the (well-documented) generational issues that are in the workplace today.
PS...I just looked at your profile. I think most flight programs require an RN (not LVN) license. What part of the country are you in?
Last edit by sjt9721 on Jul 29, '07
Quote from JulieVan
Hi! I've had dreams of being part of the prehospital flight team. Do any of you have any recommendations as to what schools I should enroll in so that I'd be eligible to go into that career pathway? Right now, I am only an EMT-1 (Basic), but I plan to continue with school so that I can achieve that goal of mine. Do you guys have any recommendations on what I can do?
A little off topic from the original thread? You should find some answers if you look through the other threads in the transport forum. First, you will need to go through paramedic or nursing school, then obtain at least 2-3 years of solid experience before considering moving into the flight environment.
Regarding the age issue: I cannot see any problem unless a specific medical condition will prevent you from passing the physical. You will need to have a few years of solid ER/ICU experience. Personally, I think critical care is the way for a RN to go when considering a flight position. It looks like you have some credentials after your name, that does not hurt.
I assume the LVN is a mistake? You need to have a RN license to take the CCRN exam.
Last edit by GilaRRT on Jan 31, '09
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