Question?? Paramedic To Rn??? - page 2

I am new to the site...I am a paramedic in Illinois. I am looking to go to nursing school, however I am really interested in the online studies. I was wondering if anyone could recommend one. Or has... Read More

  1. by   William_SRNA
    Quote from bobnurse
    If they would pay medics what they deserve, many would stay.....Its all cool to be a medic when your younger, but when you start a family and so forth and a RN makes twice what your making and more, well you do the math........

    Amen Brother
  2. by   William_SRNA
    Quote from 817NP
    does anyone know if Excelsior is accepted in florida,I am firefighter/paramedic for 6years am looking to get RN---thanks

    Do EC then do a BSN program online and you won't have to worry about EC anymore
  3. by   Sheri257
    Quote from hoop_jumper
    Do EC then do a BSN program online and you won't have to worry about EC anymore
    Better check with the Florida BON first before you make that assumption. If they don't accept EC unless you're an LPN there's a good chance they won't license you with the BSN either if you still don't meet the preliminary requirements.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Aug 14, '05
  4. by   tridil2000
    Quote from paraloco
    I believe that what holds EMS back the most is that Medicare only pays a pittance for our services, and medicaid and the insurance companies follow medicare. The private EMS company owners make money hand over fist, but pay as little as they can get away with. They have associations which would step in to help if the employees ever rose up to demand better working conditions. There's not enough unity among the medics to get anything meaningful done. There's a big contoversy going on about a National Scope of Practice for EMS. It would take the pressure off the big-city fire department systems to improve their standard of care. Most of the guys on those units dream of a time when they have enough seniority to bid onto a pumper. I have long suspected that EMS would reach a point where a political decission would have to be made to either increase its scope (through increased education standards), or dial it back. As we have increased our capabilities and the quality of care that we deliver in the field, we have developed EMS into something of great value to us, but this value is not shared by others. That puts us in a unhappy situation. I am 40, have been in EMS 21 years (17 of those continuously at the paramedic level), and I love my job. However, I have 3 kids who will all be of college age within 5 years, and I have reluctantly come to believe that my financial needs will never be met by EMS. I don't have delusions that I will become rich by becoming a nurse, but I know that I could easily make 55k+/year with very little extra overtime. That's more than I've ever made in my life. I'm about topped out at 45k (not bad IMHO). I know many medics who have become rn's, they all miss the street, but can't walk away from the rn pay. I'm going to do both(only 9 years to EMS retirement) for a while. In the next couple of years, I see a mass exodus from EMS to nursing. I really hope we have trained the young ones well for the burden that will be on their shoulders.
    when i first started nursing in er 18 years ago, the paramedics were brilliant. they always had an iv line iestablished, they could tube better than any of the doctors, and they were very knowlegable in general.

    i hate to say it, but all that has changed. none of them now seem to be able to get ivs anymore, and they rarely tube anyone. now, of course i know how hard it is to do these things driving 60mph in the back of a rig, etc, but the 'old timers' did it, and did it quite well!

    i don't mean to criticize the newer medics, i am just calling it as i see it.

    perhaps the only thing different is that nowdays there's more an emphasis on getting the pt to the er stat and not taking up time doing procedures in the field. which if is the case, then really the years of education and money spent in medic school could be challenged as unnecessary.
  5. by   William_SRNA
    Quote from lizz
    Better check with the Florida BON first before you make that assumption. If they don't accept EC unless you're an LPN there's a good chance they won't license you with the BSN either if you still don't meet the preliminary requirements.


    If you have a BSN from an accredited university they will take it

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