I have been through EMT-B, EMT-I, and EMT-P school, ACLS and PALS, all about 20 years ago, now in ADN program.
How is nursing the same or different from your expectations?
About what I expected. Test questions in nursing require deeper thought.
How is nursing educators different from EMT or paramedic training? ( Not length of training and requirements but more about attitudes, methods, expectations)
Nursing is far more theory, paramedic training is theory with a greater focus towards hands on skills. Some nursing instructors have a bit of a snobby attitude which is almost never present in EMT instructors.
Is your experience useful? Does it give your advantages or do you have to "unlearn"? Describe a situation where your prior experience helped you.
Paramedic experience is VERY useful, I can still "see" patients (in my mind) that had problems I am now studying, ie diabetics where I pushed D-50. Sometimes I have to unlearn to push drugs on my own, and to intubate, defib and other things that I want to do, but I can't now. One time in CNA clinicals I ended up intubating a patient when the MD couldn't find the vocal chords, I wouldn't consider pulling that stunt while in nursing school. Sometimes I have to play dumb around certian clinical instructors.
Do the teachers value your experience? How can nursing educators help you?
Some do, I try not to advertise previous experience too much.