I guess I'm just looking for a little boost of confidence from those who have been in my shoes. Like many, I have an interest to fly. I'm in my 18th year of working ground ambulances (yes, that's plural, I love :redbeathe my job as a Paramedic and I had, and still own, many ... apparently it's been said that makes me an EMS sl*t:smokin:)
I'm now an RN for 1.5 years and have worked solely for a community hospital ER, which sees about 33k patients annually. Becoming a nurse is a good thing, but leaving EMS (the job I love) to become a slave to patient needs/argumentative whining and losing my autonomy/performing advanced field skills has really beaten me down . I don't enjoy work, because of the endless responsibilities that are bestowed on us from :bowingpurOn High. Not to mention how the Supervisor belittles, and Patients & Families are overly demanding. Much of this is probably because a community hospital needs to pamper their customers for hopeful payment and influx of repeat business, and the community becomes spoiled and expecting particular high-end treatment ("can I mix that sugar in your tea for you??").
I know I need to be back doing what I Love and also what I do Best. I was far, far more compassionate and felt good about myself, even if I had no calls for the day. I have a profound desire to work in a different setting of EMS (flight) because of the higher acuity, it's teamwork driven by motivated professionals, and, let's face it... a Dauphene is more sleak and interesting than a Ford .
I've applied to a few flight services, but I feel undeserving should I be offered a job. And what are the chances of being offered that job? :uhoh21: I hold the certs (CCEMTP, RN, TNCC, NRP, blah, blah, blah) and experience of many years, but not "in a busy EMS system" or for a mega-city hospital. Although I've seen and dealt with my fair share of serious patients, especially given the difference of Rural EMS and InnerCity (much longer transport time, high-speeds, etc.)
How do flight agencies consider their multitude of applicants? Am I written off and need to get my butt kicked harder in a Large Level-1 ER for 3 more years and absolutely have a BSN and then still get cast aside... or am I comparible? As stated in the beginning, maybe I just need a boost... but I also need the truth. Has anyone felt this way, been in these shoes, or otherwise landed a flight job with similar or less experience? Your responses will be insightful. Thank you, ALL