As stated TraumaRUS, I have seen many people do the same route. I have only been doing flight nursing for the past 4 months and truly enjoy it. You have to give 100% of your time through academy and after that there is continuing education each quarter. I just finished ACNP school the beginning of the month. I have spoke to many doctors and board members and they said that an ACNP new graduate who have experience with flight nursing looks good on the resume. As you had stated flight nurses will have 3-5 years experience in ED/ICU prior to even being hired. A new graduate ACNP who may not have many years of experience compared to a ACNP/flight nurse with a minimum of 3-5 years of acute care would be more appealing to a hiring manager in my opinion. But that’s just me!