sjparks, i'm a licensed paramedic in the state of texas and have been a medic for 16 years. i am currently an excelsior nursing student and was a nursing student at a 3 year diploma program in the late '80s.
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i'd like to know:
how is nursing the same or different from your expectations? [color="yellowgreen"] nursing meets my expectations, i've worked in the field as an ems provider and now in the hospital so i'm well accustomed to hospital life and work. firefitr is correct also, the charting that nurses use is more in depth than ours is for the most part. and even with computerized charting it's time consuming.
how is nursing educators different from emt or paramedic training? ( not length of training and requirements but more about attitudes, methods, expectations) [color="yellowgreen"]paramedic training focuses on what you need to know and truly doesn't bore you to death with things you'll never, ever use. medic instructors (some of whom are nurses) are there to help you with procedures, explain the who, what, where, when, and why, and don't mind if you ask questions. they understand that the reason for clinicals is to learn. some nursing instructors i've experienced seem to have the opinion that you should know everything already. coming to clinicals prepared is one thing, but you can't be expected to know everything before you get there. the point of clinicals is to learn and get comfortable caring for the sick, but some clinical instructors are just downright nasty, and there's zero justification for that.
is your experience useful? does it give your advantages or do you have to "unlearn"? describe a situation where your prior experience helped you. [color="yellowgreen"]experience is invaluable. it helps you communicate with others professionally and eases your transition from street medicine to hospital care. my experience in ems also helps me at my facility because they are well aware i know exactly what i'm doing if they need some skill i can provide.
do the teachers value your experience? how can nursing educators help you? [color="yellowgreen"]some teacher do, but i've seen some nursing instructors who just treat everyone like dirt, no matter their experience level. ems instructors want you to succeed, they want to see you out there on an ambulance helping to save lives. nursing instructors, ime, are a different breed. half of them seem to spend their entire time attempting to help you fail, making certain that far too many are "weeded out" or cut, effectively turning them off to nursing altogether. the good ones test your knowledge of all things nursing and are able to effectively put across lessons that aren't conducive to a long nap. that's not to say that all nursing instructors don't care, but you can definitely tell the difference between the kind who want you to succeed and the ones who don't.
thanks for your interest!
hope that helps. it's not a rant, just an observation of 20 plus years in and around the nursing field. if you have any more questions, feel free to pm me.