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Wanting to apply to new flight RN job (newbie)

Specializes in Emergency, critical care, cardiovascular.

Hello all,

a flight base (Air Evac) just posted a flight nurse position that is pretty close to where I live; within 30 minute drive. I’m just not sure how my resume is going to stack up to other applicants. Here is a summary:

- First RN job when I graduated in 2016
-Currently work in the ER of a community hospital.
- 4 years RN experience; 2 of the years was in a CVICU at a level one trauma center, and 3 years at my current job.
-currently have my MSN in nursing education and am a part time nursing/clinical instructor.
-BLS, ACLS, PALS
-CCRN, CEN
-am charge nurse the majority of the time during my ER shifts.
-ultrasound IV certified (I know that doesn’t really matter for flying)
-5’9” 125lbs

I think this resume is fairly good for someone with only 4 years of RN experience, but am sure most other applicants would have much more than just 4 years of nursing under their belt. A few other downsides to my resume is that I do not have any trauma certifications or NRP.

any tips or suggestions would be appreciated!

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

On 8/17/2020 at 3:59 AM, KG MSN RN CCRN CEN said:

A few other downsides to my resume is that I do not have any trauma certifications or NRP.

Those are easily obtained and are not usually required before hire. Most hospitals give you a period of time to get them after hire.

On 8/17/2020 at 3:59 AM, KG MSN RN CCRN CEN said:

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... A few other downsides to my resume is that I do not have any trauma certifications or NRP.

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Unfortunately, I think this is going to be a problem. I reviewed the job criteria for a few Air Evac RN positions, and completion of both is required prior to flight status. Having said that, you might reach out to the chief flight nurse at the site you are considering as their might be some leeway for an otherwise qualified candidate.

Best wishes.

https://airevac-lifeteam-amgh.icims.com/jobs/12497/flight-nurse---ael-88---harlan%2c-ky/job

RickyRescueRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Trauma, CCT,Emergency, Flight, OR Nursing.

That should not be an issue as most program usually give one 6 months to get the NRP and TNATC or equivalent trauma nursing certificate/card. Just by what you mentioned here, sounds like you have the required experience and education for the job. I would strongly advise a visit to the local base to meet the crew and even do a Fly Along, if that is offered, to be sure that is where you want to work. Definitely keep a part-time/ per diem position with your current employer as transport/ flight nursing sadly does not pay nearly as well as Hospital nursing does.

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