Right now, I am a first year student in a BSN nursing program and I will be starting a part time paramedic course while I am working on my prereqs for my BSN. The way I see it, if I become a paramedic, that will be a TON of experience for my nursing program, and it will give me a ton of hospital clinical hours before I start my nursing program. I will also be able to work for more and in a more pertinent job while I am in nursing school
. I would like to specialize as a nurse in Emergency Medicine/Flight, and I figure with paramedic experience, I will be able to get in that area a lot faster. Now, I would prefer to be a paramedic and work pre-hospital, which I may do for awhile, but I just can't see myself doing it my entire life, and then I am stuck with a cert I can't do a ton with, as opposed to a nursing degree, which I can go from ER to Med-surg to clinic to ICU, etc if I burn out at one area.
So my advice to you, do both