alright so tomrrow is the very first day of my offical nursing school education...and all i can think is one thing, in two years, when i get out of here i want to pursue flight nursing....
good. it is a long road - tough to do well. work hard. always work to get better
not just get by
- my personal edict and i think it is an excellent guide and will stay valid with any good clinician.
so let me ask you seasoned professionals a few questions, whilst i bow down to your ablities.
so, not necessary. and if you find folks that will demand "kissing of the ring" - run - got that .... run. those folks are dangerous and not the kind of people you should associate with on the journey to being a professional.
how did you get started?
i took my first ambulance run march 1, 1991 - every experience since has made me "what i am". there are no shortcuts, if you want to do it well. flight is usually for rn's that have 3 - 5 minimum
years of high end experience in acute/critical care. imho - i think you need more than the "get by" - 3 - 5 seems so low and i think many are very unprepared with that limit of experience. you don't know what you don't know
(write that statement down! it is vital as you proceed!) - so, you are in a tough spot from the first bell. bad spot to be in - and worse for folks that think you are more than what you are. imagine being partnered with a medic with the minimum of 3 - 5 - you guys are gonna be over your head on lots of calls. not the kind of work i'd enjoy or be satisfied with - and you may not last long or worse.
what sort of experince did you need, emergancy department?
this question has been asked and answered - many times. the info is as good today as ever. do a search here on on flightweb.com. i'd gladly answer any pm if something remains unclear.
what are my chances of getting hired on at a flight company as a new grad?
i'd say zero.
but the bigger mystery is why you would think that may be a good idea
as a "place to start"? if this is something you would consider, even if given the chance, i'd recommend that you start over and research this speciality again. you are really missing something if you think that this is a place for a "new grad".
is your pay worth what you do?
sometimes. there are easier ways to make more money in other specialties.
where's the most exciting place you've worked?
not all that exciting. helped some patients, got to see an amazing amount of scenery, almost got hit by another helicopter while flying around, kissed the ground when we landed in a field & made it to some podunk hotel at 4am after flying in snow and no visibility - but, exciting is not very accurate.
do you stay at the hospital while you are on call?
no - not unless i would be held at gun point would i want to stay at a hospital for 24 hours. i have always been "community based" and that is at "independent" location, often at an airport - office space, crew bedrooms and a hangar for the aircraft. think isolated more often than not. but, locations do vary - so others will differ.
i sooo want this, really bad...so anything else you can think of to tell me about flight nursing feel free mean while i will be researching everything written here in allnurses...
this field is changing and has changed (not is a good way) over the past decade. i say slow down, learn a lot and in 3 - 5 years (after you have done everything that other posts detail as necessary experiences) take another look. things have a way of looking different after you see them up close. it is an amazing field in some ways - but, it is also a job. i have spent thousands of hours and dollars learning to do it and do it well - and, i still learn something new everyday. to be good - the experience is not to do just what is necessary - but, to do and learn as much as possible. you and your team are responsible for a life or many lives - it is not to be taken lightly or be caught unprepared. this is one field where you are it - sure, there some help, but you are on the bubble and if you fail - a life is lost. the life can be a patient or it can be your life
or that of your team
- this is not for those that do not bring it
- tough business. slow down - go to school - learn lots! in 5 years or so - check back. we will still be here - spinning up. good luck