Quote from djd7101986
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
Congrats on your EMT-B certification! I hope that you use it a while & enjoy doing field EMS. I ran as an EMT for a couple years before going to paramedic school & running as a medic for 17+ years (in my "copious free time" away from my engineering job). I am about to start a new career as a RN, which will present its own set of challenges (& learning opportunities).
I guess I'd start with the usual blather about "follow your heart." Do what makes you happy. As Mike A. Fungin recommended - shadow a RN and shadow a medic to see how their jobs differ. You might choose to shadow an ER nurse for a closer comparison of field care vs ER care.
Pay is generally better for RN vs EMT-P, but that may also depend on whether you're employed as a medic by a private company or a city fire dept.
I agree that opportunities are generally better as a RN versus a paramedic. One other thing to consider....in many areas, it's possible to take a RN-->Paramedic "bridge" course. These take 1 or 2 quarters, and you'd end up with your EMT-P certification to add to your RN license. This may be handy if you still want to volunteer as a paramedic on your local fire dept, or want to do flight nursing (some flight programs require their RN's to also be EMT-P certified).