I have been a critical care RN for 5 years and graduated last summer with my ACNP (acute care NP). I'm currently not working as a ACNP because I chose to work as a flight RN (civilian) for experience and a little excitement. I also joined the Air National Guard as a flight RN (46F) in an AES unit, but I'm still waiting on my schools (hopefully will happen in the next 6 months). My current thoughts are: 1) stay in the ANG for a couple years and try to do a couple of deployments as a flight nurse and continue doing my civilian flight nurse job, then applying for CRNA school and never working as an ACNP 2) considering joining active duty as an ACNP now and applying for CRNA school 3) applying for CRNA school now (afraid I won't get any flight time in AF)
The factors directing my decisions are: 1) my age-35 2) no experience as an ACNP 3) there are ACNP jobs, but I've always wanted to work as a flight RN and it is difficult to find per diem or part-time ACNP jobs without experience 3) I have a lot of debt, and being active duty would make it difficult to pay my bills unless there was a sizable bonus
I'm currently a 1LT in the CA ANG with 6 years of prior service in the Army Reserves as a medic.
Any advice, direction, or resources are appreciated. Thank you!