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Joined Oct 24, '06. AnnieOaklyRN is a RN, Paramedic. She has 'Previously ER RN, 17 years in EMS (yes, I still love it) , IV RN 8 months!' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'IV RN, (911) Paramedic'. Posts: 2,032 (32% Liked) Likes: 2,305

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  • Jul 21

    You are playing with fire and may get burned, just keep that in mind!

    Annie

  • Jul 20

    I totally get how you feel, I lasted about 1.5 years as a full time ER nurse before reverting right back to being a full time paramedic again. I don't regret that decision at all, and I am not sure when or if I will do full time nursing again. I don't know that it is worth the stress!


    Annie

  • Jul 18

    You need to know all of the typical rhythms that can be seen in patients, otherwise you may not be able to differentiate normal from abnormal, or know which ones to treat.

    Annie

  • Jul 18

    Hi,

    Thank you, I am looking more for information as to whether or not to put those on the resume, and not necessarily the order.

    Annie

  • Jul 17

    I totally get how you feel, I lasted about 1.5 years as a full time ER nurse before reverting right back to being a full time paramedic again. I don't regret that decision at all, and I am not sure when or if I will do full time nursing again. I don't know that it is worth the stress!


    Annie

  • Jul 16

    Hi,

    I too am a paramedic, and I did EMS long before getting my RN.

    Personally any of my dissatisfaction with nursing has been the lack of autonomy, short staffing, and the needy patients and families that sometimes are just ridiculous with their request and expectations.

    You will not get the whole experience as a CNA because when a family member has a problem or the patient has a problem, you go get the nurse. Everything falls on the nurse's shoulders and for me it added up to the point that I was burnt out of full time ER nursing within a year and part time ER nursing within another year after that, and I went right back to the ambulance full time. I now do nursing per-diem, which makes it for the most part tolerable and it's IV nursing, which in a way is similar to the ambulance. You see the patient for maybe 20 minutes, sometimes longer, and you leave.

    I am at the point where my joints and the rest of my body are not very fond of the ambulance anymore, although I still love it after 19 years. I am trying to obtain a full-time nursing job that is tolerable. I would love to work in pediatrics or NICU, but unfortunately another issue with nursing is it is VERY hard to find a job in those areas, especially in the northeast where I am. So understand that if you go get your RN, a job in the area you want to work in may not be easy to come by.

    A lot of EMS folks who go to nursing tend to veer towards ER nursing. Just know that the frequent flyers, drunks, psychiatric patients, families that can get on your nerves, patients that get on your nerves, bariatric patients, and any other patient we just don't really look forward too will now be yours for hours instead of minutes, and it's a whole different ball game!

  • Jul 15

    I don't think they can legally make you do that if you are calling out for an illness or injury! Tell them no next time, that is their responsibility and tell them you are unsafe to work.

    Annie

  • Jul 15

    Generally speaking, if someone has not had scabies in the past it generally takes about 6 weeks after you become a host for the symptoms to start, as you have to form the antibodies first.

    In other words, I wouldn't be laughing about this, since you and many other staff members were probably exposed before you knew she had them!!! Karma has a way of sneaking up on people...

    Annie

  • Jul 13

    I don't think they can legally make you do that if you are calling out for an illness or injury! Tell them no next time, that is their responsibility and tell them you are unsafe to work.

    Annie

  • Jul 13

    I don't think they can legally make you do that if you are calling out for an illness or injury! Tell them no next time, that is their responsibility and tell them you are unsafe to work.

    Annie

  • Jul 13

    I don't think they can legally make you do that if you are calling out for an illness or injury! Tell them no next time, that is their responsibility and tell them you are unsafe to work.

    Annie

  • Jul 11

    Hi,

    I have a suggestion, should they offer you the position, ask if you can shadow for a few hours before you make the decision. This would give you a better idea of the flow of the unit than just a quick glimpse you may have gotten during the interview tour.

    Annie

  • Jul 11

    I don't think they can legally make you do that if you are calling out for an illness or injury! Tell them no next time, that is their responsibility and tell them you are unsafe to work.

    Annie

  • Jul 10

    I don't think they can legally make you do that if you are calling out for an illness or injury! Tell them no next time, that is their responsibility and tell them you are unsafe to work.

    Annie

  • Jul 10

    Welcome to the world of EMS! As both an RN and medic I am all to familiar without how some nurses treat medics and EMTs because for some reason they think they are beneath them.

    Annie


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