any time that i see vs in a post, i just know that conflict is in the air.
and (if you have seen any of my posts) i really hate conflict - i have a special distaste for unnecessary conflict.
i have been in both sides of the house. i have never had a less than stellar partnership with anyone that i have worked. i can occupy either seat (but - not both - lol) i am always paid as a rn. i may fly with dual certification/licensure but i am held to my "highest" standard of training. like it or not - agree or not - that is the registered nurse license. now, state laws and scopes of practices differ - so, there are some variances in what either can do in the field. but, my state and company hold the rn as the higher level of care
. but, i never have an issue with any paramedic i work with - and you can also bet that if i am in the medic seat for a shift (and doing all the fancy airway stuff), i am not inferior to my co-worker that occupies the rn seat. actually, i think of all my co-workers as different, but - equal.
caution: most programs will hire you based on your qualifications for the job. medics 3-5 years. nurses 3-5 years. a new rn with 10 years medic experience would not be eligible as a flight nurse hire in most organizations. likewise, an rn already working flight that gets a medic license/certification will probably not use that rn in a flight medic spot without the requisite "street" time. sure, there are exceptional cases - but, i had to qualify for each "spot" on an individual basis. luckily, i had the kind of experience that allows me to function well in either role.
now, a word about medic/rn teams. best of both worlds. like any true partnership - they should play off each others strengths (and most do!). a lot of it depends on your services mission profile.
or speciality transfer
this should dictate that staffing configuration. medic/rn, rn/rn, rn/rt, rn/md. each staffing "mix" has its own advantages/disadvantages.
i have only heard of conflict over "who is in charge?" in very rare cases. i do not think this is a problem. with rare exception the men/women that do hems are an exceptional group - with professionalism to spare!