Paramedic or Pre-Hospital RN? - page 3

Hey guys,I needed some advice on something; recently I've become an EMT-B and really enjoy the work and am looking to continue my education but I'm at a crossroads. I don't know if I should become a... Read More

  1. by   nurse2033
    Depending on your state, it is usually very easy to go RN to paramedic as the RN is considered a higher level of education. Going medic to RN takes just about as much work as getting RN in the first place. It also depends on the employment prospects which has a lot to do with where you live. I'm both a medic and RN, feel free to message me if you like.
  2. by   johnssmrn
    i would recommend getting your rn license. i was in the very same situation and chose to go rn and have not regretted it at all. get your rn license and then get a job in a trauma ed and after a bit challenge the emt-p exam. then get a job on a 911 ambulance (a busy one) and start floating to the icu. the best flight nurses are ones with rapid assessment skills who can think on their feet and can quickly adjust from down and dirty medicine to fine tuned icu care. a solid paramedic/field, ed rn, icu rn background will get you far in the flight community. i currently work as a flight rn in a very busy area - i use my icu experience a lot - remember flight nursing is not all about trauma and scene calls- you get a fair amount of medical transports and interfacility patients who are on multiple drips and weird vent settings and icu experience is incredibly valuable in these situations. just my two cents.
  3. by   Rob72
    Quote from bargraphix
    once again i havent looked into it but as an emt wouldnt they have the scene management and other things necessary to be a paramedic?
    To paraphrase FlyingScot, the RN will have a longer view- what needs to be done to stabilize the patient over the next 6 hours-2weeks. The para will be looking to manage/enhance survival over the time of transport. Those goals are not always exactly a concurrence.

    The bridge bewteen the two is a professional able to manage the scene, stabilise the patient, and perform interventions that enhance long-term survival.

    Lord, I just realized this was a dredged up critter...
  4. by   mmutk
    Depends on how important money is to you. You will make much more as a nurse (at least down here in the south )

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