Thank you so very much for taking time to read this post. I am a new graduate FNP (haven't started worked as an NP yet- but have passed the ANCC national certification exam) and I am interested in doing critical/emergency care. My dream job would be to do some type of ER/Wilderness/Flight/ mobile intensive care nursing (a dream that I just realized at the tail end of my FNP program).
The problem is that I only have 3 years of med/surg/tele RN experience. I know that if I want to make this dream a reality I have to obtain some critical care experience.
So the other problem is figuring out how to go about obtaining critical care experience that I so desperately crave. Being an RN in ER/ED or FNP in ER/ED? What type of experience would be better in obtaining my goal, ICU or ER/ED? I would consider going back to school to become certified as an ACNP, but right now I think gaining more practical/work experience is more important.
Some websites that I have read about wilderness/flight nursing, recommend paramedic training in addition to nursing experience, but is becoming a paramedic really necessary? For what it is worth, I would still like to continue working as an RN to gain critical care skills in addition to gaining NP experience. Am I asking for too much? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading and for your time!