I am currently an RN in the ER. I have been working there for a little over a year and worked a year in a peds unit prior to that. I am looking at applying for graduate school and getting into either a FNP program and get an ER specialty or an ACNP program.
Now I was wondering, do any of you know about nurse practitioners working in a flight helicopter? Do they have their FNP or ACNP? Do they have any extra certifications besides the required CEN, TNS, PALS, and ACLS? Does this job actually exist or am I just making it up? How would I find more information? Thanks guys for any comments back.
ACNP is the way to go. I am currently a flight nurse practitioner and finished a masters program to obtain ACNP while practicing as a flight RN. I disagree with the above comment that NP is a waste. When I was a flight RN, I thought I knew a lot about critical care but you really don't understand the limited knowledge you have untill you obtain that knowledge. You will learn more than you think in school.
Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 27, '13
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this in no way implies your (or any other RN) knowledge is limited...one might not understand what he doesn't know until they actually know it...if that makes sense.
ACNP not only expands on ones current critical care knowledge, it teaches one how to use the vast information available and interpret it into their practice.
Anyone can publish a study and get results but what do those results mean? Are they valid? Are they valid to your patient?
Last edit by operationflightnurse on Jul 1, '13
Jul 10, '13
If I am reading your question correctly, I think you are asking if there is a job for a "flight nurse practitioner" rather than JUST a "flight RN". The answer is no, there is not. There are some NP's and PA's who are also flight nurses, but they do not practice as a NP or PA on the rotor or fixed wing. When they are flying, they are ONLY a flight nurse. (I say "ONLY" to make a distinction between RN and NP; I am not dissing RN's!) I am sure the education that you receive, to get your NP, will help you tremendously as you practice as a flight RN because you will understand disease processes, medication, and treatments at a more advanced level.
Last edit by NurseBettieGray on Jul 10, '13
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