Would Emt certification help to get into the ED?

  1. I got accepted to nursing school this August. I work in the ED not as a tech but a patient transporter. Very hands off in terms of patient care. The tech positions are given out by managers to favorites and the main girl doesn't like me at all but I digress. Eventually want to be an ER nurse. Would an Emt cert help? I don't plan on ever going into the field at all due to a DUI on my record.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Sh0rtyking
    Hi ! I am not a er nurse yet but i did internship there and notice most of the staff nurse were either emts or paramedics before becoming rn! I would suggest to get part time job as a emt to buikd your experience and make connections! Hope this helps
  4. by   Altra
    The certification without ever having worked as an EMT - no. Actually working as an EMT - yes.

    As for the DUI issue, you need to think about how this will affect your candicacy for nursing licensure and employment prospects in general.
  5. by   One1
    Quote from Altra
    The certification without ever having worked as an EMT - no. Actually working as an EMT - yes.
    I agree. The certification alone doesn't mean anything. If you can put actual EMT/ED tech experience behind it, then it will be a different story. What about applying in another hospital or work with in an Urgent Care clinic?
  6. by   Pneumothorax
    ya if that chickie doesnt like you,i would try to apply somewhere else.
  7. by   BellaInBlueScrubsRN
    Unless you work as an EMT, then I don't think it will help much. Also there are different levels of EMTs; basic, advanced, paramedic. Paramedics take longer, but in the ER they pretty much work like nurses. EMTs don't make much money. I know a lot that transfer to ER as PCAs/nurses assistants for more money. That position would help you get your foot in the door. Otherwise, might as well just stick as a transporter or look somewhere else if ED is where you want to be.
  8. by   One1
    Quote from BellaInBlueScrubsRN
    Unless you work as an EMT, then I don't think it will help much. Also there are different levels of EMTs; basic, advanced, paramedic. Paramedics take longer, but in the ER they pretty much work like nurses. EMTs don't make much money. I know a lot that transfer to ER as PCAs/nurses assistants for more money. That position would help you get your foot in the door. Otherwise, might as well just stick as a transporter or look somewhere else if ED is where you want to be.
    Depends on where you work. Our paramedics have the same scope of practice in the ED as our EMT-Bs. We also only have EMTs in the ED as techs, no PCAs or CNAs.
  9. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    Not necessarily. I have 20 years experience as a NREMT, can't get an interview in our local ER. That's OK though, I've moved on.
    I think your DUI conviction will possibly be more of a stumbling block on your path to becoming an RN than it would be to obtaining an EMT license. If you're going to go through the trouble of taking the class, sitting for the exam, etc, why would you not actually work as an EMT? Rural areas are crying for people to staff their ambulances!
  10. by   Medic2RN
    An EMT without experience won't be of any use. Perhaps try another ED to get a job as a tech?
  11. by   Faro
    Ok thanks all for the info.

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