Critical care transport has been a huge interest of mine for several years, and I am working on making it a reality in my career. The hospital system I currently work for has an excellent transport team (ground and air), and I am looking to get on the neonatal-pediatric team someday (ideally sometime in 2014).
I would love some tips from all of you experienced transport nurses out there as to what I can best spend my time doing as I try to become the best candidate possible.
- BS in Neurobiology & Physiology
- Former EMT-B (certification has expired, only did volunteer work while I had it)
- Have worked 2.5 years in an urban Level III NICU
- BLS, NRP, and S.T.A.B.L.E. certified
- Active member of our children's hospital's nursing research & evidence-based practice committee, my unit's developmental care committee, and our local NANN chapter
- RNC-NIC certification exam in March
- ACLS and PALS certification classes also in March
- Hoping to shadow in critical care transport ASAP, hopefully more than once if they don't think I'm a huge nerd!
Our system's program requires a minimum 3-5 years of RN experience in either ICU, ER, or transport, so I know I still have to work on the time requirement (not complaining, I enjoy my job and I know I have much to still learn!). Unfortunately, our state doesn't have an RN to EMTP bridge program, though our hospital system is hoping to have one by 2014.
Any tips/suggestions/advice on what would make me the best candidate for neo-peds critical care transport would be appreciated! I want to be sure I'm spending my time doing something useful until I can apply.