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I see this has been sitting here for quite some time but I thought I'd respond anyway. I'm a nurse. Formerly a firefighter/paramedic. I live in NY. What I know pertains to NY but perhaps is similarly applicable in Illinois.
In NYS there is no reciprocity between EMS and nursing. Extensive paramedic/firefighter experience got me nothing when I started in nursing. Which really ticked me off. Anyway...there are programs out there to "challenge" a paramedic level of care in EMS. In NY you MUST have at least a basic EMT card which is a 6 month class and some clinical time. I know, it sucks...but in the grand scheme of things it is a small commitment. There is a school out there advertising a RN to Paramedic bridge program but it is $$$ and I'm not sure about reciprocity into Illinois. That is one of the reasons I went from EMS into nursing - state to state reciprocity is so much easier than trying to move a paramedic card around the USA.
Anyway, hope this finds you well. I'd kill to be working CFD instead of doing what I am.
There is no reciprocity between professions. But, in some states and RN can challenge the Paramedic exam if the have the necessary qualifications.
For example in NEW YORK: (straight for NY DOH)
A Registered Nurse (RN) who is a Certified Emergency
Nurse (CEN), and has ACLS and ATLS or equivalent training with work experience in
an emergency department, may only need to complete a small portion of a paramedic
program and a field internship in order to complete all of the objectives
Since your Paramedic course is only 6 months, that does not even come close to being an RN. The prerequisites alone are a year. Paramedics are not RNs. Perhaps if your Paramedic program would have required you to have college level A&P courses you would have gotten some credit for the nursing program in the prerequisite section.
Paramedics also do not have any problem moving from state to state if they have the NREMT credential. It is recognized in 46 states for certification. It also allows Paramedics in the other 4 states to take the state exam.
Creighton has a great program which might be the way for the OP to go. But, he should first check with the IL EMS board.
If you don't like what you are doing, STOP. You are not doing the patients or your co-workers any favors by being unhappy and disgruntled at work.