More RN to EMT and Paramedic questions

  1. 0 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!
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  3. Visit  GeorgiaBoy61 profile page

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    From 'Chicago, IL area'; 53 Years Old; Joined Feb '06; Posts: 54; Likes: 13.

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  4. Visit  EricJRN profile page
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    You might try the Illinois Forum for more responses.
  5. Visit  medic165 profile page
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    there's no need to get your EMT-B. RN's can work in a "Critical care ambulance" on the private sector. You get to work with two "critical care paramedics" in the ambulance. The service provider is here in Chicago and suburbs. You do about 3-5 runs per shift, and most are emergency calls. As far as getting your EMT-B, you can get it in less than one month, for free, if you agree to work for this provider. Let me know if you need more info.
    Last edit by medic165 on Oct 21, '06
  6. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    IL also has a pre-hospital RN option. I live downstate IL in a rural area and have a PHRN license also. I volunteer on my EMS/fire dept.
  7. Visit  MedicRN111 profile page
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    Quote from medic165
    there's no need to get your EMT-B. RN's can work in a "Critical care ambulance" on the private sector. You get to work with two "critical care paramedics" in the ambulance. The service provider is here in Chicago and suburbs. You do about 3-5 runs per shift, and most are emergency calls. As far as getting your EMT-B, you can get it in less than one month, for free, if you agree to work for this provider. Let me know if you need more info.


    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.
  8. Visit  Edelee profile page
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    IL also has a pre-hospital RN option. I live downstate IL in a rural area and have a PHRN license also. I volunteer on my EMS/fire dept.
    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.


  9. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    In Pennsylvania, as an RN you can challenge the paramedic exam. If you pass, you get your paramedic cert. But apparently this is very, very hard to do.
  10. Visit  medic165 profile page
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    Quote from hiddencat
    In Pennsylvania, as an RN you can challenge the paramedic exam. If you pass, you get your paramedic cert. But apparently this is very, very hard to do.
    I'm sure any RN can challenge and pass the medic exam as long as there's plenty of study and knowledge on pre-hospital care, since there are way too many differences between the two.
  11. Visit  SMY2367 profile page
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    IL also has a pre-hospital RN option. I live downstate IL in a rural area and have a PHRN license also. I volunteer on my EMS/fire dept.

    I live in IL, just graduated nursing school. I am starting in an ER in July. I took the EMT-B class last summer, but never took the exam for my license (there was confusion over whether I would have to take the National or the State). Should I bother getting my EMT license? I am interested in volunteering as PHRN. How do you become one? Thanks!
  12. Visit  hagory profile page
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    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
  13. Visit  TraumaSurfer profile page
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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/
  14. Visit  TraumaSurfer profile page
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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
  15. Visit  tgpii profile page
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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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