Okay talked to hubby...look for an RN that is willing to teach the care of these types of patients and have them do inservices. This is the best way to find out.
Also, there are many nursing books on these subjects, and lets see...I found that med surg books are the way to go on most tubes/wires... Someone may have a particular book that is their fav...I personally learned by asking during clinicals or...well I still ask! LOL!
You can also ask for the aid of your oncall MD's...maybe they would know someone that would be willing to do some inservices! Ours are excellent and funny and I have been to many of my hubby's inservices..they have tons (all CME too
). Heck, I know of a few LTC nurses that would be happy to do inservices...I am sure there are some in your area too
...(heck, ya want to know about tubes...an LTC nurse lives and breaths by patients with them..LOL!).
As far as the RN and EMT thing...well, I have been there too several times being a ride along and most RN's thought I was an EMT. Not that I say it is the majority...but several didn't see any EMT or Paramedic more than just a taxi driver. Now I am a big PR rep for my hubby's company and through being cheerful and funny have breached many of those gaps wherever I go! Some nurses and doctors just need to change their perception of what an EMT/Parmedic is...and that is done through communication
. Trust me...after time it works...just get a few great RN's to encourage others to appreciate ya for what you do!
ALSO...having a few RN's do ride alongs helps!!! I did, and the communication between my facility and EMS is now strong and very very positive! Heck, now CNA's and RN's bend over backwards to make sure EMT/Paramedics get the info they so badly need for a safe transport! I mean...it is the patient that is at risk for a lack of communication..and well, that can be prevented
Good luck to you and hope this is helpful for you