Hi all, I am currently practicing as an RN in a metropolitin ER in New Zealand. We have student nurses coming in and doing their rotations and have a preceptored and set program for their period of time here. We also have paramedic students come in and have a set requirement to do IV's and 12 Lead ECG's for their clinical rotations and if the ability arises assist in nursing assessment
and patient care.
What I want to know, is do any of you have a proper mentored program for paramedic students, what sort of things do they do? What sort of assessments do they sit with you? I was a paramedic before I was a nurse and found hospital rotations to be that there was a real Us vs. Them attitude from the nurses to medics. Yes I know the worlds are two very different places, but I want to create a proper placement program for these students and let them do more than just the IV's and ECG's etc. I have approval from the University for these students to become part of a proper student placement program as well as the ER heads and heads of nursing here, I also have approval from the EMS agencies to do so. What I am looking for is guidence, suggestions and anything that you can share with teaching paramedic students and what would be a good set of skills for them to learn and be assessed on by RN's? Like handovers, concepts of Hospital based triage, the flow of patients through the ER, lab values etc. Anything would be appreciated and no EMS vs. RN slagging or vice versa or I will remove the comments.