Career Path to Flight Nursing

  1. Hi everyone-

    Hoping for some advice and guidance. I am a 25 year old nurse. I currently work on a neuro/neurosurgery/trauma floor at a level I trauma center city hospital. My career goal has always been to be a flight nurse. I also have a 4 month old boy and am hoping to have 1-2 more children. My husband works night shift as a police officer and my parents are very involved so we've been able to avoid daycare and hope to do so for all of our children until preschool age (no judgement on this please, this is just how we are choosing to raise our kids).

    I have some options for what I can do right now...

    -continue at my current job. I work 2 day shift 12's a week and am every third weekend and holiday. Great schedule. Am one of the charge nurses, place multiple IVs a day, am telemetry certified, and occasionally am involved in codes on the floor (a few a year when they happen). Don't love the hospital (but it is a trauma center) and don't love the patient population. Change jobs down the road, possibly once I'm done having kids.

    -work 24 hours at an infusion clinic. No weekends or holidays. A much more relaxed position at a hospital I love (but not a trauma center). A great job for a mom, but probably not very appealing on a resume for getting a critical care turn Flight nurse position.

    -start looking for ED or ICU positions (which do you recommend??) to start getting this experience under my belt. Most likely my schedule won't be so great, possibly only per diem since most open positions are night shift and I can't do that with my husband also working nights.

    The flight nurse positions I have seen posted are all full time, so I would wait to do it until my kids are in school. Mostly wondering how to balance my mom life and nurse life so I can have a schedule that allows me to care for my children at home until school age, while not forgetting about my own career goals.

    Thanks!
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