When I was in high school, I worked at an animal sanctuary/wildlife park. They wanted me to be a vet tech, so I was going to a vet tech program at the community college during my senior year in high school. That program wasn't even 2 years, so I was working as an active vet tech at the aforementioned wildlife park before I was even 19 – and I had some degree of exposure to the vet field as early as 14 years old, from being in the volunteer program at that park.
While I was working there after my vet tech licensure, I got the opportunity to do all sorts of intubations (yes intubation is within a vet techs scope). I got to tube all sorts of animals ranging from large mammals to small reptiles & birds. It's definitely a perishable skill, but it isn't super difficult. I had double digits successful intubations before I got to medic school. Aside from that fact, paramedics can intubate (and I completed medic school & my first 2 years of nursing school together while working part time).
I don't understand why intubation isn't a nursing skill. Nursing school is 4 years, there's plenty of unnecessary nursing theory fluff that could be replaced by clinical skills like intubation. If nurses can manage a ventilator (which is 100x harder than intubation), or titrate critical care meds, we should 100% having intubation included in our education and scope of practice. Especially when COVID-19 is running rampant, hospitalists should be doing much more ventilator management and nurses should be doing way more intubation.
Just a rant post.