when i started taking my prereqs for nursing school
, i told all the new emt's or students who rode with me at work who asked advise about what to do, to forget about being a paramedic and go to nursing school....better hrs, better pay, etc...
now....getting ready to start my 4th semester of nursing school and after oodles of application type nursiong tests,,,,,my o-pinion has changed....
nursing school SUCKS...THE TESTS SUCK...AND THE PRESSURE is enormous. in 1990 when i went to paramedic school i thought it was hard, granted it was very difficult...but nothing, AbSOLUTELY nothing like the difficulty of nursing school.
now i only recommend nursing school to those who really want it...because to pass and have any kind of satisfaction, you must really want it.
for the last 15 years as an emt or para, i have worked minimum 60 hrs a week (usually > than 100)....i am sooo ready for a change, be sure.
if you are going down the rode of paramedic, be ready for a minimum 56hr work week (be sure that most of us work much more), at least TWICE the ceu's required for a nurse, in my area 2/3 of the pay of an RN (greater discrepancy if one works nights and weekends as a nurse), and mostly, be prepared to work codes, GSW's, stabbings, MVA's, heart attacks, respiratory arrests, etc.....ALL UNDER STANDING ORDER with a partner (EMT) trained at a lower knowledge level than you, and who cannot do all the skills either.
What i am trying to say is when the SH-- hits the fan, you are it, and you better be ready. PERIOD.
AFTER ALL THE ABOVE IS SAID...do i think being a paramedic is easier, YES...much easier, even with the decision making pressures.
to a paramedic this critical thinking we learn in nursing school is as second nature to us as ACLS and WE DO IT day in and day out at one minutes notice 24/7
wow, seems like i am making a case for a paramedics job being difficult, it is...you must be able to get the iv, intubate, cardiovert, pace, read the rythym all by yourself...but with time and practice, you get god at it, or you move on to another field...its real hard to hide a bad paramedic because your job is critqued for the world to see every time you bring a pt. to the ER....
I have loved being a Paramedic, but am ready to gain more knowledge, adevance my skills, and move on to new horizons in pt. care. Nursing school does suck compared to paramedic, but for me, it is a means to an end.
What i have learned being a paramedic is making clinicals in nursing school much easier, but these written tests really make you THINK crosseyed.
A very wise someone once said: paramedics know a lot about a little, and nurses know a little about a lot. that statement goes a long way.
choose your own path......