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- Nov 12, '12 by EMTJeremyI was an EMT/ ER Tech. Best 2 years of experience I could ask for. I got so much experience in the ED, I'm way ahead others in school, and the teachers and classmates notice. Sure, I get made fun of for my constant "this one time in the ER..." stories, but its all in good fun. I agree with the others- EMS is definitely different, but the skills you learn are often an asset, no matter where you work. No offense to RNs out there, but have you ever seen a nurse try to backboard someone? Its just a different specialty with a different skill set.
Its interesting, the more EMS work I did, the more I loved working in the field and questioned my RN career. Well, my roommate, who is just finishing his medic program after giving up on nursing, said he doesn't really see a good future for himself. Around here all we have is fire-based EMS, so to be a medic in the field (ie: not doing general transport), you need to get on with Phoenix Fire or surrounding crews.
I think you're making a good call by going for the RN. Hey, in some states, you can actually challenge the NREMT-P and get your medic after your RN to have both. Makes an easy second gig for overtime and stuff (actually heard that from a FF when we got to discussing our careers on a call once). I'm looking into doing this when I'm done in May. It also helps with getting a flight nurse job if that's a route you'd like to pursue.
Good luck bro!
- Nov 13, '12 by chucksterI was (and still am) a volunteer EMT and fire fighter. The patient care experience you get as an EMT is valuable in nursing however, as others have noted, the scope of practice between the two is very different.
- Nov 13, '12 by ReordonaSRNI am currently trying to apply for a position with the Police Department as a Tactical Medic for SWAT... My credentials include (POST (Peace Officer Standard Training Cert.), EMT, RN BSN)... I hope I can score that position... Being an EMT does open doors for ya...
- Aug 1 by TorresJasonSr.Have you seen the movie nemesis. Im a trekker so I bring this up because of those final minutes in the movie. When commander Riker (now captain of his well deserved ship) aproached capt Picard for his permission to disembark. He look his mentor in the eyes, heartwarmly saying " serving with you this 15 years had been an honor". Well I have been a paramedic since 1991. Got promoted to field supervisor on 2005. In 2012 I began my ASN knowing BSN is my next stop. Being a paramedic has been a honor. But now my last few years Insted of risking injury in the streets I prefers to bring my prehospital know hows to hospital setting. As a student I didnt keep secret my 20+ years of service. I help my profesors aiding them with pt care prehospital perspectives. Help my costudent with their inquiries sharing my street savvy methods of getting the most of hx taking. I know its not exatly the same as a paramedic while conducting a medical interview the surrondigns of the patients also give information regarding the chief complain. At a hospital a nurse just have the word of the pt or a next of kin. Well just wanted to share my view. Im still workin 40hrs a week as supervisor for third service for the goverment of PR. Hoping to get a job in SJ VA. If get the job then I ll start my BSN. My challenge for now is decidng if ER is the place to be or ICU . Teaching is appealing to. But for now I'll let universe unfolds as it should.
- Aug 1 by mbittlestonI was an EMT for a long time. Recently finished my ADN. It's worth it but its a different frame of mind. Be prepared to be flexible. Your EMT will help a lot to get hired and to get a jump start in the nursing program.
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