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  1. Hello! I've been reading these boards for a couple of weeks now and really enjoy them.

    I have been seriously thinking of going back to school for my RN. I am currently a Paramedic and work for a Fire Department. While I love my job, it does have some down sides. My current work schedule is 24 hrs. on and 48 hrs. off. To some this doesn't seem bad, but working on a medic unit I'm usually running calls the full 24 hrs. So, my first day off I usually sleep a lot. The second day off, I run around doing errands and housework and then it's back to getting ready for work the next day.

    I'm married, have one son who is 4 and live in MD. With the schedule I work, I miss out on a lot of activities with my son. I have been talking to some of the RN in the ER's I take my patients to about their job and it sounds really interesting to me.

    I took my Paramedic classes through my local community college, so I have a lot of classes for my AAS degree already. I would still need to complete 4 of them and then take the two A&P classes (unfortunely the ones I took for P school don't transfer for the RN program) and one BIO pre-req to be accepted into the RN program at college. I know the college I want to go to does offer the classes I need for my AAS degree on line, so I was thinking of finishing them up this way. With the schedule I work, I wouldn't be able to take them the traditional way.

    I was wondering if there are any other students out there who were already Paramedics before starting the RN program. Also, has anyone ever taken a course on-line before? If so, did you like doing it this way? At the present time I wouldn't be able to quit my job, but realize I would have to once I got into the RN program.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say hi to everyone and congratulate all the students who have finished their classes! I remember what it felt like passing all my Paramedic exams and finally being done with school -- or so I thought! LOL

    Stacy in MD
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  3. by   prmenrs
    I would definitely encourage you!! You sound like you'd be a great RN, and having been a paramedic will be a definite plus for ED/Trauma nsg.

    You might want to look into financial assistance as that might make it so you could work less, and there may be grants, etc., to help. Esp now w/the nursing shortage. Please check it out.

    I wish you the best. Stick around this board--there are nurses in all stages from pre-nursing school to antiques like me. Lots of different specialties, too.
  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by paramedic52
    Hello! I've been reading these boards for a couple of weeks now and really enjoy them.

    I have been seriously thinking of going back to school for my RN. I am currently a Paramedic and work for a Fire Department. While I love my job, it does have some down sides. My current work schedule is 24 hrs. on and 48 hrs. off. To some this doesn't seem bad, but working on a medic unit I'm usually running calls the full 24 hrs. So, my first day off I usually sleep a lot. The second day off, I run around doing errands and housework and then it's back to getting ready for work the next day.

    I'm married, have one son who is 4 and live in MD. With the schedule I work, I miss out on a lot of activities with my son. I have been talking to some of the RN in the ER's I take my patients to about their job and it sounds really interesting to me.

    I took my Paramedic classes through my local community college, so I have a lot of classes for my AAS degree already. I would still need to complete 4 of them and then take the two A&P classes (unfortunely the ones I took for P school don't transfer for the RN program) and one BIO pre-req to be accepted into the RN program at college. I know the college I want to go to does offer the classes I need for my AAS degree on line, so I was thinking of finishing them up this way. With the schedule I work, I wouldn't be able to take them the traditional way.

    I was wondering if there are any other students out there who were already Paramedics before starting the RN program. Also, has anyone ever taken a course on-line before? If so, did you like doing it this way? At the present time I wouldn't be able to quit my job, but realize I would have to once I got into the RN program.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say hi to everyone and congratulate all the students who have finished their classes! I remember what it felt like passing all my Paramedic exams and finally being done with school -- or so I thought! LOL

    Stacy in MD

    Hi Stacey! Welcome!

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