I'm currently an EMT, but I'm planning to apply to a master's entry program soon. From my own experiences, some of the ER nurses are disrespectful to EMT's. Some nurses don't appreciate the care EMT's give, although limited, in the pre-hospital setting. Sure, nurses are much more skilled and have more knowledge for patient care, but they should at least be polite and professional. I've been ignored and even called "nothing but taxi drivers" and it really upsets me, but I just laugh it off and act as if they were joking, even though they weren't. I find it ironic that some of these nurses treat us like this yet they wonder why some doctors do the same to them. At least I know how it feels so that I know not to do this when I become an NP.
An EMT could be a highschool dropout who went through a 2 week shake-and-bake EMT course, and is driving the dialysis van, and doesn't know what a fistula is.
An EMT could have a BS in Biology, took a 180 hour EMT course, lots of CE, lots of experience, and is on a double-B rural 911 bus.
The average ambulance EMT has a little college, took a 120 hour 1-semeter course, and is on a BLS IFT rig or an B-P rig.
The ER RN experiences all of these EMTs.
The ER RN could be a LPN who worked for 6 months and then got their ADN online.
The ER RN could have a Masters in Exercise Physiology who then got their BSN, MSN/CNL, CEN, CCRN and has 20 years of ICU and ER experience.
The EMT runs into both of these ER RNs and all those inbetween.
Any one of the above examples could be a jerk, RN or EMT. It is important not to make assumptions.
Yes, EMT education is little more than first-aid on steroids, which is why the EMT scope usually leaves little room for harm through innapropriate intervention except through gross malpractice. However, good prehospital treatment fixes problems and prevents future problems. A good RN appreciates this from an EMT and doesn't belittle anyone.
-A new BSN RN with 8 years as an EMT.
Last edit by SummitRN on Oct 25, '12