RN to Paramedic Bridge Course

  1. I'm wondering if any of you might know of a RN to Paramedic bridge course. I'd like to get my certification as a Paramedic, but don't want to have to through a whole year of school to do it! Let me know if you can help!
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  3. by   Qwiigley
    Why would you give up being a nurse to become a low paid parametic? In Los Angeles, there is no reason to do such a thing. Besides, here, most parametics are firemen.....
    Last edit by Qwiigley on Oct 12, '02
  4. by   NurseGirlKaren
    I've wondered about this myself, for the purposes of volunteering for the local rescue squad (that already has paramedics).
  5. by   DuceRN
    Our flight program requires all transport nurses to get EMT-P cert. In Ohio there is a bridge course from RN to Medic, the class was approx 2 months long.
  6. by   veetach
    In PA you can get what is called a "Pre-hospital RN" certification trought the PA board of EMS. Try contacting your states board of EMS and ask them.

    The PH-Rn can work prehospital just like the paramedic and most do. On their days off they can pick up shifts running with an ambulance and make a little cash out of the er.
  7. by   howie122832
    Check to see if your can "challenge" your state's Paramedic boards. I think it depends on what Paramedics can do in your state ie..intubations etc......
  8. by   Jim Rodgers
    Crieghton University in Neb. has had a INTENSIVE six(or 8)-week program in the past, you may check with them. I believe it is a very worthwhile combination. The flight program I work for(Portneuf LifeFlight, Pocatello, ID.) encourages all RN's to be cross-trained as paramedics. It makes staffing easier and a stronger program. I've done it backwards. I have been a paramedic for 17 years and just finished the RN program. I also teach in a community college and we are researching the idea of a RN to Paramedic bridge program.
  9. by   maturner
    Creighton's RN to EMT-P bridge course is two weeks in duration and they offer two classes one in May and one in July. They require your EMT-B and other prereqs which are shown on their web page. If you do not have your EMT-B no worries they offer a 5 day Nurse to EMT-B bridge course a couple times a year as well. As a Creighton BSN alumni and having attended their EMT-B course I must say you will have a difficult time finding a more professional group of individuals who are more than willing to go the extra mile to help you learn. I hope this helpshttp://ems.creighton.edu/courses.htm
  10. by   EastCoast
    also...regarding creighton --they were extremely helpful over the phone. They actually called me back and sent me information. (in this day and age!!)

    It is not terribly expensive either. Good luck.
  11. by   FFrnEMTP
    sad to see that a registered nurse can't spell...
    it's PARAMEDIC...with a D not a T.

    on that note, some of us diehard paramedics-turned-RNs still work in the field for one reason or another. i do it for extra money, to maintain my medical command so i can fly someday soon, and for the sheer FUN of being out in the world instead of stuck in the ED.

    i also like to volunteer with my fire department when i'm home and available. it's a great way to give back to your community. there doesn't necessarily have to be a whopping monetary reward for ALL our behaviour. if that were true i'd be going to anesthesia school instead of shooting for our helicopter program.

    just my 2 pennies...worth just that, i'm sure

    ange
  12. by   Aneroo
    IN regards to challenging, there is going to be some clinical time involved. Being a medic involves inserting ET tubes, and plenty of other advanced techinques that I know I'm not learning in nursing school. It was frustrating to me, when I took my EMT-I course what I was allowed to do as an EMT, but will not be able to do as an RN. I think the amount of responsiblity a medic has is enormous (I cannot spell today-forgive me) and they do no get the recognition they deserve. And for whoever said "they're only firemen"...Would you go into a burning house to save someone? These people are overworked and underpaid! I live in a rural community, where half the people are firemen and emt's. It's something they truely enjoy, and would love to make a career out of it, but cannot, b/c of the lack of opportunities. Alright...I'm done venting! -A
  13. by   bchin
    For those who have gone through Creighton University's accelerated RN to Paramedic course, what is your take on the intensive 2 week course?

    I am considering enrolling into the program, but I have some concerns...

    1) Approx how many hours of field experience (ambulance time)?
    2) The number of patient contacts? and whether it is a suburban vs. urban experience?
    3) Finally, do you feel confident in using the knowledge/skills you obtained in those 2 weeks to get you well-prepared in paramedicine?

    Your thoughts much appreciated. Comments from others who have gone through similar tracks at other institutions are welcomed too. Thanks.

    BC:roll
  14. by   PA-C in Texas
    I really don't want to rain on anybody's parade, but the fact that someone can go to school for two weeks and walk out a Paramedic really frightens me. There are many advanced procedures Paramedics perform that I just don't believe two weeks can prepare you for. Are you ready to do a rapid sequence induction/intubation? Surgical airway? Needle thoracentesis? Pericardiocentesis? These are all things that many flight programs have in their protocols. I believe that the fields are separate and that proficiency in one does not necessarily denote proficiency in the other. I still maintain my paramedic license here in Texas, and I don't think any of you would be impressed if some college around here started a 2 week Paramedic to RN bridge course. Why? Because you recognize that it cannot be taught in that amount of time. That is the case here.

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