Hey everyone! I've run into a little dilemma...
I'll start by giving a little background-
I've wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember. As a little kid, while my friends still had basic career goals, I aspired to go to Duke and become a neurosurgeon. Things have changed since then but the general scheme still remains. I graduate high school shortly and will then be off to USF to start premed! I'm so motivated and driven to reach my goal of becoming a doctor and I'm finally getting to take the first steps. I'm outrageously excited to say the least! I already got a MCAT study book haha.
Now when I got my MCAT book, I also stumbled upon the book Trauma Junkie: Memoirs of an Emergency Flight Nurse.
I have been completely fascinated in my life by three main things, the world of science and medicine (stemming from watching ER nonstop as a child), flying (I LOVE flying, been to England many times, TOP GUN is my favorite movie ever, etc) and cars. I also considered going into the airforce to become a fighter pilot, or to go to Embry Riddle to be an Aeronautical Engineer minoring in flight. Now I find this career that combines two of my passions into one but just lacks the prestige of either. I feel like I would be limiting my potential as a flight nurse. As a doctor I would have so much more responsibility and control. I'm not going to lie either, the pay difference in monumental.
I'm just having such a hard time with this right now. I wish "flight doctor" was available.
I have some questions to help me:
>What is the starting pay for a flight nurse? Pay potential? I've already done research on this but have found scattered results. I've seen anywhere between $37k/year all the way to $100k/year. According to Salary.com the median salary is ~$65k/year and the 25th and 75th percentiles come in at ~$60k/year and ~$75k/year.
>I do not have much interest in being a general RN, especially over being a doctor. Is nursing experience mandatory in becoming a flight nurse?
I would also greatly appreciate anyone's personal opinions on this issue as well.