I think that the biggest problem with the turf war between paramedics and nurses is the great degree of variability in education and training. I went through a degree paramedic program and felt like I learned much more in a month then I have learned in the entirety of my nursing school
stint. But, there are paramedic program's that are once a week for several months (shake and bake medics) and there are others (like mine) that are structured similarly to an adn or bsn program, with extensive clinical requirements. Additionally, orientation and preceptorships vary greatly. sometimes it is just weeks before you are released on your own, and as anyone who has worked EMS knows, patients rarely fit protocols and those protocols leave lots to be desired anyways. The same holds true at the EMT-B level. Before we can be respected as a profession, some degree of uniformity needs to be present in our training and education. All in all,
It angers me that the professions don't have more mutual respect for each other. There is a great deal of misunderstanding about each professions roles from the opposing profession, even though we work so closely. That being said, you are more then just an ambulance driver! Basic skills do more then drugs and tubes ever have. Make sure you respect the nurses and do your job well, and you will be a part of fostering good, mutually respectful relationships with the nurses in your area.