More RN to EMT and Paramedic questions - page 2

by GeorgiaBoy61

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Hello- Thanks everyone who contributed to the previous thread on RN to EMT/paramedic pathway. Does anyone know of any bridge courses offered in the Chicago, IL area? I used to be a basic EMT-A (the equivalent of an... Read More


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    Quote from hagory
    Hi all
    I am new to this forum and I need to know about this subject i need to get the NREMT certificate and I am an RN I went to their web site to see the process but didn't find the answer I am looking for..can I just take the exam to be certified as an EMT or do we need to take any classes I didn't think so considering the education we got as RN's but some answers here confused me..thanks
    That will vary from state to state and your state's EMS website should have the specific steps for this. Once the requirements in a state are met by the RN and the necessary paperwork is completed, the NREMT may allow testing. Some states also use their own test and not the NREMT. Either way the state has the ultimate say in the process.

    Here is a survey of a few states done a couple years ago.

    http://www.nasemso.org/NewsAndPublic...rvey051208.pdf

    So start with asking your question directly to the state EMS office.

    http://www.emsworld.com/survey/
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    Quote from Edelee
    Hi, Im new to the forum, Im a student nurse in the UK, would like to move to the US for a while when I qualify, and my main aim is to persue my goal of becoming a Paramedic.

    Im really interested in this PHRN role - What exactly are these nurses allowed to do?


    Thanks.


    Here is an example for the PHRN in Pennsylvania. Usually a PHRN can do everything a Paramedic can do plus what is allowed by their RN license. An RN usually has a more extensive list of drugs and equipment.

    http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/dat...4-30/1372.html

    examples of additional training:
    http://www.hacc.edu/HealthCareers/Pr...PHRN/index.cfm

    http://www.jefferson.edu/tjuh/jeffst...rses.cfm?id=17

    application process example:
    http://www.emsi.org/Files/Admin/PHRN...20Process2.pdf

    Florida Paramedic exam challenge:
    http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/emt-p..._emtlicreq.pdf

    California - to Paramedic
    http://www.emsa.ca.gov/paramedic/fil...dQuestions.pdf

    California MICN is specific to each county. Used extensively for communication between field and base hospital personnel.
    ex.
    http://www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us/ems/...horization.pdf

    California RNs do CCT interfacility and Flight including scene response.

    Nevada has the EMS-RN
    http://www.nursingboard.state.nv.us/...tification.htm
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    Quote from GeorgiaBoy61
    Hello-

    Thanks everyone who contributed to the previous thread on RN to EMT/paramedic pathway.

    Does anyone know of any bridge courses offered in the Chicago, IL area?
    I used to be a basic EMT-A (the equivalent of an EMT-B now, if I understand the new system) in IL in the late 1980s, but allowed my license to lapse. I hold a valid RN and have med-surg but no ACLS, PALS etc. yet.

    Ultimately, I'd like to get a paramedic cert. down the road, but for now, getting an EMT-B and National registry would be a good start. Once I get some ICU or ED experience, then I can shoot for the paramedic license.

    Anyone know the fastest way to do this? Obviously since I've been through an EMT course already, and remember it well, my preference would be a quick bridge course. Talked to Creighton, which one of you mentioned, but they are not offering it until March 2007.

    Any other ideas? I can travel out of state for a week or two as needed.

    Thanks for your help!

    I am a medic/EMT-B in the Army National Guard. I have an NREMT EMT-B. I once had an IDPH EMT-B. I let my IDPH EMT-B lapse. I am trying to get my IDPH EMT-B reinstate They said I used the retrospect once and now want proof I got training I told them I am a Medic/NREMT EMT-B in the National Guard. They are saying that is not enough So I ask what they want and I am waiting for an answer.
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    Hey,
    I thought EMT theoretically may lead one to want to be an RN. Therefore it seems thow art going backwards??
    what is going on here?
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    Quote from zenji's mom
    Hey,
    I thought EMT theoretically may lead one to want to be an RN. Therefore it seems thow art going backwards??
    what is going on here?
    This is an old thread, but to address this logic, it's not going backwards. There may be pay differences, but EMT's have a very different scope of practice than RN's do (and get to sit around the station and actually relax or sleep on occasion).

    I had my EMT-B prior to getting my RN, but am now looking at getting my EMT-P as it's essentially a requirement to do transport nursing in my state.
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    hr at the hospital i work at told me that, according to the illinois nurse practice act, a person working as an r.n. cannot work as a cna, pct, or er tech as well. is it different for emt-b and paramedics? i have read threads where people say that they work as both a r.n. and a paramedic. i live in illinois, i don't know if it varies from state to state. is this allowed by the illinois nurse practice act?
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    Quote from MedicRN111

    This is correct, but dont get to excited. You cannot have any Pt contact nor perform any medical care. While on any ground unit it is the Paramedic that has ultimate Pt control and care. As working in the field, is out of a RN's scope of practice. You will sit and watch and basically remain quiet.
    Guess that all depends on the state you're in. I'm in NC and on the MICU trucks and air medical helicopters nurses function as a nurse on any scene run. They work side by side with medics and do everything to include intubating patients in the field. They function within their scope under the license of medical control dr just as medics and EMTs do.
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    Quote from mmmrn
    hr at the hospital i work at told me that, according to the illinois nurse practice act, a person working as an r.n. cannot work as a cna, pct, or er tech as well. is it different for emt-b and paramedics? i have read threads where people say that they work as both a r.n. and a paramedic. i live in illinois, i don't know if it varies from state to state. is this allowed by the illinois nurse practice act?
    im in il, its because as an rn, you are licensed to provide a higher level of care than a cna,pct, or er tech (usually a basic..and if paramedic..cant delegate/initiate orders etc in-hospital... scope is diff.)

    a friend of mine is both a pm and rn, she works on the ambulance as a medic, but in the hospital as an rn, hope it makes sense to ya :d


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