I wanted to be an EMT like Roy and Johnny. [I watched EMERGENCY! every Saturday night, without fail from 1972-1977]. Sooooo 2 yrs ago I went back to school to become one. It was a 6 hour class that met on modays and wednesdays for 16 weeks. I was the best at the meds, how we were to treat people, yada, yada. We were required to schedule our own time with the County EMS. I spent 27 hrs. in the barn and didn't get a single run!! When we finally did get a call, the paramedic driving the ambulance almost KILLED me. He was extremely DANGEROUS!!! I was flying around in the back praying that he didn't crash!
I decided after my experences that I would MUCH rather be like Dixie McCall and be a nurse. It is MUCH safer! Plus I get to work where there is heat in the winter and a/c in the summer!
I also decided that the pay was NOT worth the time it would take me to become a Medic. In Southern Indiana the pay is: 12.00 hr. with co pay on ALL insurance. That is the highest you can go. I really don't understand why.
My advice is this: You are putting people's lives on the line as an EMT in awful conditions and [at least around here] getting no respect from the hospital ED. Why not go straight into nursing and after you get your degree, go into flight nursing?
Hope this helps!
In His Grace,