I am a certified Paramedic in Ontario and I am finishing my degree in Nursing, therefore I have alittle knowledge of this area.
With the baby boomers retiring, Ambulance, Fire and Police are being hard hit to find suitable replacements for their retiring personnel.
What this means is that a nursing degree is well looked at when applying for the jobs. as for a nurse becoming a Paramedic, it is possible. I was offered a nursing position and a part-time medic position in Ontario. My girlfriend, who is a nurse but not a paramedic, was told that she could have the same deal. all she had to do was "challenge" the certification exam, which the hospital & ambulance service were willing to help her do.
So, its possible for nurse to do both. As both a medic and a Paramedic I can clearly say that the only skill difference between the too, AT THE ENTRY LEVEL, is that the nurse would need to become familar with the policies, equipement and have a class F licence. The Radio operators course is a 4 hour BS course, so dont sweat it.