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Lots of good information in this thread . Im also an ED RN looking into pre hospital medicine just to volunteer at my local FD. im from FL and i was told i could challenge the paramedic exam after getting my EMT. Anyone else from FL here? i have BCLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC already
I want to do both. Jack of all trades. I think itd be best to agree to disagree, because I see an RN and EMT-P certification to be very equivelant. I dont down play anything. I know both professions are totally different. One is long term, one is short term. Like I said, in my state they are both equivelant, and a paramedic needs to be able to everything an RN can and vice versa.
I do believe in education too. I believe in being well rounded too. My goal is to make myself the most competitive applicant. So if I can be competant as both a medic and a nurse it can only benefit me.
I can see where your dislike for medics are on your previous post. I understand it.
I believe your answer to my question is stick with the BSN program. CCRN over CCEMT. And I am assuming you are not a medic either so you cannot answer my second question. Thank you for chatting with me :-)
By the way the NREMT teaches you all the medications for RSI. Ketamine, ROCs, Sucs you name it. Here in Maine only CRNAs and lifeflight nurses can only intubate. I can manage an intubated patient right now. PIFT transfers also involve dealing with equipment and lines in such.
I think you misinterpeted. I am currently enrolled in a BSN program-, and am half done my paramedic program. I only have four more prereqs to do. I am enrolled in a UNIVERSITY. The ADN is offered through a community college. Here the flight paramedics and nurses are expected to perform the same set of skills at the same competency. They are equals. In medic school you are already taught how to intubate (I did my first one 2 days ago). I plan on getting my BSN eventually, I just was wondering if it would be smart to get my ADN in a year then bridge to my BSN. The service I am taking my medic course through offers perdiem spots 8, 12, 16 and they always have shifts available. My work schedule in not a real issue.
There is a local university here that has a Medic to RN bridge course,
You are messing up your goal of being a flight nurse.
1. You have a job at a Trauma Center. Chances are that hospital will hire you when you complete your BSN. Thus, you won't spend 2 years as an unemployed new grad RN especially if you have an ADN.
2. Most of the NE is going with BSN and have a goal for their states to be "BSN in 10". Many flight programs want BSN degreed RNs. People might tell you it doesn't matter whether you have a BSN or ADN and maybe it didn't 20 years ago. But, it will be at least 5 - 6 years before you become an RN with an ADN by the route you are taking. A lot can change and it probably won't be to lessen the requirements to be an RN.
3. You will need at least 3 to 5 years of ICU experience as an RN. Many hospitals are now Magnet and want BSN degreed RNs for their ICUs.
4. You need to prepare for the future and not just a quick cert right now. Your long range plans to be a Flight RN requires several years of preparation as a NURSE. Those who have said "the ADN has always been good enough" are finding themselves left out when there are hundreds of applicants who have gone the distance.
5. Where are you going to work as a Paramedic? Very few EMS jobs are going to be flexible enough for you to go to nursing school or at least not for the first year or two.
6. If your goal is to be a flight NURSE, skimping or taking shortcuts for nursing school is not going to benefit you. The bridge programs also just cut you some slack on a couple of classes but sometimes the material missed in those classes can be vital in bringing the whole process together.
Also, is it a university or a community college which is offering the bridge program? Universities usually offer Bachelors and higher...not ADNs.
7. It is a lot easier to go from RN to Paramedic than it is Paramedic to RN. There are programs which allow RNs to take 2 weeks of additional training and take the Paramedic exam. Some states allow the RN to just challenge the test if they have ACLS and couple other weekend certs. There are RNs who teach the Paramedic classes at some colleges and universities.
8. Trying to compare CCRN and the CCEMT is a total joke. To take the CCRN you need over a year of actual work experience in an ICU as an RN. There are also separate CCRN exams for the different ages groups which you will need over a year of work experience in each unit to take the exam. The CCEMT is a 2 week merit badge teaching very watered down introductory level critical care overviews. If you are lucky the might take one day to give you a walk through of an ICU. Some Paramedic schools even tack this course on (at a very high cost) as a selling point for their new grads who have ZERO experience as a Paramedic since there are no prerequisites for the CCEMT.
9. To be a Flight RN, it does not matter if you have 30 years of experience as a Paramedic. To be a flight RN you will still need to meet all the requirements which may include BSN and still have 3 - 5 years of work experience as an RN in critical care. They do not just automatically move you to the next seat. A Flight RN brings critical care knowledge and skills to the team which are highly specialized and not something which can be learned in a weekend cert class.
10. Following through with #9, it is easier to teach a few skills like intubation and central line placement to someone who has advanced education and who has already worked in the lCUs with these procedures and devices than it is to take someone who has very little exposure to these lines and tubes and the only critical care knowledge is from the CCEMT which again does not really teach anything about critical care nor give the necessary experience.
11. As an RN (with a BSN) you may have the opportunity to work in many ICUs such as Neuro, Cardiac, CV, Pedi and neonatal. All of which would be great for making you a better Flight RN. As a Paramedic you can not work in any of these ICUs except as a tech to assist the RNs.
12. While you are going off to be a Paramedic and trying to gain work experience as one, remember the prerequisites you took to get into nursing school have a time limit. You may need to retake most of the math and science classes.
If you are looking for shortcuts, just scrap the goal of being an RN. Go to Paramedic school. Earn as many weekend merit badges as you can. Work a couple years on an ambulance if you can find one which does emergency response. Then you can apply as a Flight Paramedic and work with an RN who has lots of critical care experience.
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