Buying a Job?
I have spent time trying to gather the additional "letters" to follow my name and this is what I've found. It is expensive as SHIT! I am currently waiting to take my CEN exam (CEN= Certified Emergency Nurse) a cake cert for anyone who has Level 1 ER experience as I do. The downfall? These fucking three letters cost $316.00! This is for a cert that lasts 4 years. Next I need to take CCRN (Critical Care RN) and you guessed it... another $300.00 for that test. So you figure, those 2 certs, PALS (pedes advanced life support) PALS instructor (most flight programs want that), ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) and ACLS instructor, NRP (neonatal resuscitation program.... saving newborns and preemies) and god help if I choose to take paramedic or CCEMTP (critical care emergency medical transport) which costs $1,300 and is usually held in Baltimore.
What upsets me is that if I want a flight job, it appears that I am going to have to "buy" one. In order to be competitive you have to have these certifications and, obviously, they don't come cheap. I just found that concept very disheartening. So as if I didn't work all the time already.... looks like I'm going to need more overtime!