Let me fill you all in a bit on Emergency Services.
I started many MANY years ago as an NA (this was before we were certified), then got my CNA, EMT-I, and Paramedic (EMT-P). Now I am in Nursing school at the ripe old age of 45.
First, you have to understand that being an EMT is NOT what you think. "Exciting" is far from the adjective I would be using here. "Deathly boring" would be a more apt phrase.
As an EMT (IF you can find a job that is), you will spend 90% of your time sitting around waiting to be dispatched.
Also, you will most likely be assigned to a BLS (Basic Life Support) Rig, or as we not-so-jokingly used to refer to as "The Big Red School Bus", since the majority of the time we were tagged as "transport", i.e. transporting a geriatric patient from an LTC facility to the hospital (and back again), or from the home to the hospital, ad nauseum.
ASL rigs (Advanced Life Support), at least in my part of the world, are mostly Fire Dept. guys, with only a few private Ambulance companies running them nowadays. Also, if you think you are going to be pushing meds as an EMT, think again. You'll need a Paramedic's license to push meds (and then only when the doc says.)
Exciting balls-to-the-wall, lights and sirens, adrenaline-filled, screaming rides down the roadways are far and few between, and after the first 3 or 4 of those it becomes old hat.
Most EMT's make about as much as you would working at Taco Bell. Dismiss whatever you saw on television. So NOT the real thing!!
Go for your nursing degree.
Bypass EMT, CMA, and CNA.
You'll kick yourself for spending time getting the intro-level certifications when you could have spent that time in a nursing program.
from one who's been that route and wished he could go back and do it right the FIRST time!
Quote from Pocahontas98_21
Well I talked my husband into "thinking" about getting into nursing. I told him before he started to try EMT (to me more exciting) to see if he likes it. He just passed his state test. He contacted NC nurse aid registry and can just take the test instead of going through the whole program to get his CNA. Just something to think about.