Q: I am a nursing student and I have always dreamed of traveling with science and humanitarian expeditions and, as a future nurse, it may be possible. My question to you is, how can I use my RN degree to become an expedition medic? Is it possible as a nurse to contract myself out or apply for jobs as the medic on a science team exploring who knows what? Any advice and information would be fantastic!
A: I suspect being an RN will open doors not open to many EMS practitioners. Getting EMS training (Basic good; Paramedic much better) is still a good idea though, because you will get a level of practical training not provided in most RN programs. Becoming a nurse practitioner would be a great additional upgrade because on top of everything else you would have prescription writing capabilities.
The Wilderness Medical Society is a good place to start to make some contacts. Don’t be bashful about going to organizations that do things you know something about. In the beginning most opportunities will be as a volunteer. Once you develop a positive reputation, people may come looking for you.