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Fly Guy JB


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Fly Guy JB has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in Emergency, Critical Care, Pre-Hospital,.

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  1. Fly Guy JB

    The Stigma of Men in Nursing

    Do we want nursing to be less female-centric? It doesn’t feel like it. Few men teaching in nursing schools. Despite the experience of nurses above, there is a certain amount of discrimination in OB sections in school, interestingly, as someone pointed out the percentage of male physicians in OBGYN has no correlation with the amount of male nurses in the same specialty. Though I will be excoriated, the name isn’t inviting for men (please don’t try to make the argument that “nursing” isn’t a female signaling title), though I knew what I was getting into it isn’t inviting for many men as evidenced by men staying away in droves. Policemen, firemen, etc were forced to change their titles and their female ranks swelled. I may be part of the problem, I have often described myself as, “not that kind of nurse.” I have always been in areas that are, as described by others, male friendly areas (administration, emergency, flight, CCT). I didn’t go there because I was excluded elsewhere, I just felt more comfortable in these areas. What do we do to make the profession more attractive to men (and women) as we are short of nurses in many areas with the projection that the shortage will only get worse. Emphasize the valuable nature of the work, stop referring to it as a calling (we aren’t priests and nuns), emphasize the good schedules and pay, the transportability of the profession, and the ability to change specialties and advance into leadership, education, or advanced practice specialties if one desires. Disclaimer: My opinions are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my current or previous employers.
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    The Stigma of Men in Nursing

    It’s interesting that you pose the question this way in the same month the Washington Post provides this headline: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/health/the-big-number-women-now-outnumber-men-in-medical-schools/2019/12/20/8b9eddea-2277-11ea-bed5-880264cc91a9_story.html%3FoutputType%3Damp Women outnumbering men in medical school is a big headline, <20% men in nursing, who cares? Should we be seeking something near equal parts, or as you assert, who cares?
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    Career Path to Flight Nursing

    I know this is an older thread but maybe someone scanning like I was may find it useful... I give this recommendation to most of the people who ask... I work for a hospital based program that uses Air Methods as our vendor (they provide helicopter, pilot, and mechanic) our Hospital provides the medical crew. Look around your area for an air service, most services have ride along programs, it gives you both an opportunity to see each other for "fit". It's nice to try to ride along early and make sure it is what you hope it is. You'll usually need 3-5 years in a busy ED or ICU. My program allowed me in with ED only, but as we do 80% inter facility calls I was not as prepared as I could have been had I had some ICU experience. Here is the brochure from Air Methods, the largest provider of air medical in the US. This will give you a basic "feel" for what you need to get started. All programs have their own requirements, but they are all fairly similar as the programs seek to meet national certification standards. https://www.airmethods.com/docs/default-source/default-document-library/so-you-want-medical-e-single.pdf?sfvrsn=7c469c95_4 Here is another great site with very practical resources and information for someone looking to get into air medical. EMS Flight Safety Network | The people who keep air medical flights safe. Watch the ECHO page Training Overview — East Coast Helicopter Operations or their Facebook page. They do a prospective flight crew academy to help you prep for this job. JB
  4. Fly Guy JB

    Which field of nursing is the most technically hard?

    Darn skippy! Keeping up with flight certifications, especially if you work strattling state lines, can feel like a full time job in itself.
  5. Fly Guy JB

    Which field of nursing is the most technically hard?

    Darn skippy!
  6. Even if the ads say ED or ICU, unless the service you are looking at has mostly scene work, go ICU. After 20 years as a paramedic and 8 years as an ED nurse, it was a steep learning curve to proficiency in a mostly inter facility (as most are) service. Not that it couldn't be done, it just required a ton of work on my part. Best of luck!
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    Older nurses

    Love it! I didn't start nursing school till I was over 40 (darn near dead according to the OP) at 50 and change I work the ED and now flight nursing. I worked (and work) more than the younger Nurses and, in most cases, run circles around them. Maybe it's just my work ethic, maybe I'm just a Viking...
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    Making 100k salary/ income?

    Yup, I didn't, knowingly, take a vow of poverty. This is a business proposition. I provide you with a service and you pay me a acceptable wage. If either of us fail that contract, we are free to move on, no excommunication needed.
  9. Fly Guy JB

    2017 Nurse Salary

    Location: Metro Philadelphia Experience: 8 years as RN, MSN ©, multiple certifications Specialty: CCT Facility: Urban, Academic, Level 1 Trauma Center Pay: NON-UNION Tier 2 RN - $40/hr + 10 % diff. nights Live in the suburbs so housing is fair, travel is longer.
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    Making 100k salary/ income?

    If you are looking for $100k anywhere but CA you want to give some thought to APRN. CRNAs starts way above this level and NPs are close w/o OT. Other than that, go to a metro area union hospital. Cost of living will be higher though. I have made >$100k the last few years as an ED RN & Flight RN with LOTS of OT!
  11. She stated that this is her opinion and based on her experience. As such, we should not expect her to reference a peer reviewed journal, this is an opinion piece.
  12. Fly Guy JB

    RN to BSN without statistics/chemistry

    Excelsior College doesn't have a chemistry requirement but does have a prerequisite or co-requirement for statistics during the research class. Hope that's helpful!
  13. The papers weren't too hard. They were, on the whole, regular research papers, with the occasional group paper (not my fave). I'm not sure what your free time looks like or your work schedule for that matter., I took one class at a time and it was certainly manageable. With the full-time work schedule and a large family commitment, three classes would've been way too much for me! Best of luck!
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    License by endorsement HELP

    OMG! Despite the unfortunate actions of a single nurse, this system is draconian! If NJ, et al would participate in the compact this system would be far more streamlined. They were just fine taking my money...immediately deposited! To tell me that that this is a 2-3 month process is not positive for business and certainly not for those who wish to work in this state.
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    License by endorsement HELP

    I can't say that I'm happy that everyone has the same problem with the New Jersey Board of nursing! They've had my information for about a month now, after calling yesterday, they said oh, your fingerprint cards are in the mail. They are very good at lowering expectations! By starting off with, "Oh, you are very early in the process!" Early in the process, it's been a month already! They were kind enough to inform me that it usually takes about three months to get your New Jersey license, even by endorsement. I too am just in Pennsylvania. It seems both unreasonable and unwarranted to take three months to endorse a license from and adjoining state. Especially when they were states that you can walk into you with all of your information and receive he seemed a license. Do I have no plans to drive to new work to get my license I will be calling more frequently to update myself on the process. Thanks everyone for your comments
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    Becoming a transport RN right out of school

    If you know where you'd like to practice and can work, even per diem, you may be able to transition from critical care paramedic to RN at the same company. I was a paramedic for 10 years before going to Nursing school and am a PHRN for the same company I worked for in school. Depending on what you want to do, you would be best served going the ICU route rather than working in the ED. Though many service say ICU or ED experience they really prefer ICU where you have familiarity with meds, machines and procedures. CCRN and CFRN/CTRN will be the certifications to get rather than CEN. Keep all your paramedic certifications especially NREMT-P, I let mine go in favor of state cert. which is good but not the same. Good of luck on your future endeavors!

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