To keep it short, I’m physically and mentally ill from working 48 and 72 hour shifts with no sleep. I’m done being dispatched to calls where firearms are pulled on me, and having to physically take away weapons from patients with no police backup. I’m sick of having broken equipment to work on dying and dead kids, and having to wonder why the hell nobody cares that we are failing them. I’m also pretty god damn sick of being backstabbed and cheated out of my paid vacation days when I try to give adequate notice because I’m mentally not okay. I digress and apologize for the rant, but I’m done being a paramedic. I just got a job in a busy metro ER as a medic, and I’m looking at going to Herzing because they have a nearly all online program that is supposedly rotating schedule flexible. Anyone have experience with this? I have always had a massive respect for trauma ICU nurses. It is the only part of nursing that makes me go “wow, that’s damn impressive.” It’s no wonder why ICU experience is required for flight/prehospital and CRNA’s. They are SOLID critical thinkers with a strong level of autonomy. I am used to being the sole ALS provider on scenes with a 30-60 minute transport time, and I’m also a massive black cloud; so I’m not afraid of handling dying/critical patients completely on my own. A week ago I had to figure out how to get an unresponsive level one head trauma patient with a blood-saturated (not patent and actively choking) airway to a level one trauma center an hour away with a clamped jaw, no paralytics, and an unpalpable blood pressure. Kill the pressure even further with versed, or aspirate and go into cardiac arrest as a result of respiratory arrest? I’m by no means an “amazing medic,” like some of those flight medics and paragods out there, but I’ve been forced to adapt and work under constant pressure like the scenario above. I think this makes me a good fit. I haven’t been at my emotionally best lately, but I’m a strong guy and I don’t break under the pressure. Any recommendations on making the switch? Also, what is the current realistic starting salary for a critical care RN? I read online that $28 an hour is typical for central Florida, but I have no idea if that’s true.