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 paramedic or a nurse. I would still like to do pre-hospital care in the field but don't know which would would be a better decision. Both programs are offered at a local community college by me and both are two years with an AS at the end of the program I'm just curious which one would be better ? If anyone has any insight I'd really appreciate it! Thanks a lot
The best thing you can do is observe paramedics and nurses at work, and see which feels like a better fit for you.
When I started out as an EMT-B I worked for an ambulance service that did both "911" response and critical care transport. So, I had opportunities to work with both paramedics and registered nurses and see both sides of the fence. Later, as a firefighter, I got exposed to flight nursing... and that's when I knew nursing was the way I wanted to go.
I think what most drew me to nursing was that it gave me more career options. There are a lot of nursing specialties to choose from, and you can change hospitals and/or specialties relatively easily. There are also more opportunities in nursing for additional education and advanced practice roles. Nursing's lucrative, and provides pretty good job security too.
The only things I miss about EMS that I don't think nursing offers as much of are autonomy and camaraderie.
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Mar 19, '10
Nursing has SOOOO many more opportunities....Done the medic thing and can certainly testify that it is NOT thing to do as your only source of income. Most medics that I know who have no other skills are miserable, over worked and under paid. The clinical experience is great, but that doesn't pay the bills. Whatever you do, know well ahead what kind of compensation you will be getting what ever professions you choose and develop multiple income streams so that you have the flexibility to choose where you want to spend your time.
Being stuck on an ambulance for $11.00 an hour can be like a prison sentence if that is the only skill set you have and money is an issue. However, if the money is NOT an issue and your pockets are already lined, then pre-hospital care guarantees a wide variety of experiences for you.
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