Quote from smckenzi
Can an RN challange the EMT or Paramedic certification in the state of MI? Or do you have to take EMT classes?
Sorry, I'm not in MI but didn't want your question to get lost without an anwser. In most states you probably have to take the EMT course, you'll be taught a lot of things you don't know from nursing. Slightly different priorities, safety issues, scene management, touch on hazmat issues, rapid extrication, backboard use, etc. Now with an RN and EMT cert, you may find a different route to a paramedic role such as PHRN, whatever the local title is (I still catch myself using the slang "street skirt", LOL) Paramedic courses include topics you may have learned in your nursing career (EKGs, IVs, meds) but also some new skills like intubation (more in depth techniques than your ACLS or PALS course taught)
I'm not changing anything I've already written but I looked back and it looks like you're an LPN student? Contact your local EMS unit and look into an EMT course, see if you can work it around your class schedule. It's a great experience and if emergency work is your thing may help you get a job in an ER after school or even before graduation and you'll get some exposure to decide what your goals are- RN, EMT-P, PHRN, flight nurse?)
I'm starting to miss EMS again