I was a medic in the Army 6 years ago and just finished Respiratory Therapy school (Independence University) in Janurary. I have an interview at a hospital this week for a respiratory position. The only problem is that it is 45 minutes away and I have to drive over a mountain pass that is frequently closed between October-March. I live in a rural area so I don't have a lot of options to work in this field. I would love to attend Excelsior but I'm afraid that I will still have a hard time finding a job, seeing as I will still have no current work experience by the time I'm done.
Should I just apply to a brick and mortor school for nursing or will my experience as a medic and respiratory clinicals be somewhat sufficent? It has been 6 years but as a medic I learned to start I.V.'s, blood draws, vitals, vaccinations etc.
Thanks for the help!
It has been almost a year exactly since I posted this and am back to thinking about Excelsior again. I have been working as an RRT for 9 months and love it, particularly the ER. As much as I love being an RT I feel as if there isn't as much room to grow as there is in nursing, hence my consideration of Excelsior's program once again. I need to just go for it! I don't know why I get cold feet every time I think of enrolling.
Last edit by NEWRRT on Mar 20, '14
: Reason: Posted before I was done