About eight months ago, I decided that I would like to be a flight nurse. I currently have a BSN and am BLS, ACLS and PALS certified. I was a CNA for 10 yrs and have been an RN for almost six yrs in April. I worked at an LTACH for four yrs, brain injury/general rehab for one yr, and just got my foot in the door in MS/Neuro ICU in October 2018.
I had an extended orientation in the ICU because I needed to improve my prioritization and time management skills. With three weeks left in the said "extended orientation," my manager and supervisor decided that I should transfer to a Med Surge/Progressive Care unit to work on the aforementioned skills and then see if I would like to rejoin the ICU team (~6 months).
With that said, I respect their professional feedback, but feel like if I would have had the opportunity to complete the remaining orientation, I would have improved those skills. My preceptors had told me they could see the improvement since I started orientation. A few also told me that it took a long time for them to build a routine.
So, I will interview for a position on the progressive care unit, which I shadowed. But, with wanting to be a flight nurse, I know I have a lot of work ahead of me and have many questions on which route I should pursue. I need critical care experience and am wondering if I should apply for an ED position or a different ICU position at another facility?
I know that different FFL companies require different certifications and having them increases your chance of qualifying for a position; so, should I try to complete some of them now (e.g., Paramedic)? Should I go back to school for my MSN? If so, which program? Is there one that is geared towards flight nursing? I do not know what I should do or where I should start with so much ahead of me. Any feedback or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated.