This is one of the most interesting threads I have came across in the employment section on this forum, ever. Great info guys.
I see this post is a few months old. Any luck on getting the position? What can you say about accommodation now that you are there, and your overall experience?Someother things I'll add to from my interview:
NR vs state - your state is fine but they would want you to get your NR within a year
I would think of it as skill sets also. There's no radiologist, no lab, no surgical team.
You have five paid training days, wasn't 100% clear on that. But, one thing I like is they will pay for your PALS, ACLS, ITLS, and so on if you can justify it being a necessity on the job. Considering the widened scope you'll have onboard, I don't see that a problem.
There's some flexibility for the schedule. As my interviewer put it, they want 8 months of a year out of you. So, 4 on 2 off then maybe a 3 on 1 off if something important comes up (like a wedding). The time you have off is yours however you want to spend it.
Costs on the ship are basically zero except for, of all things, detergent. Your room is cleaned daily and they do your laundry for you.
They are doing a training session in LA for Sept 12, 13th and then they take it from there. There's a mountain of paperwork and a requisite physical and dental check-up.
This is my take on it:
I've worked in a very advanced system as far as equipment and electronics. Didn't change the calls, and my scope was becoming increasing narrower. I was becoming a specialist in... nothing medical. That's fine if you want to end up working for an FD that doesn't fight structure fires very often and running the same number of medical aids.
I want to travel and I don't want to dissappear for 1-2 years from friends and family. Also, I need to work. Stupid me bought a house You don't spend a lot of time at the exotic locals, but you can learn where to go, where not to go. You also have a great opportunity to meet/work with people from other parts of the world and network. Say you end your rotation in SE asia or aussie. Don't think you HAVE to go home and stare at the walls; go take a month to explore then go home for a month (take ITLS or any certs you can nab) then back to it.
And, if all my lofty extrapolations are wrong, and the high turnover is because you're always working, not learning, and can't have much fun then... bail.
I've yet to know or hear what the pay/salary is for meidcal officer (paramedic) on Princess. From my first interview, and what they post on their web page, it was noted that your room and board is obviously covered.