I think many people are just ignorant of the 'discipline' of health care that EMS represents. I am a nursing student, but my mother is retired paramedic of 28 years.
EMS care is about HOMEOSTASIS- on a physiological level. And it's about so much more on a personal level.
EMT-Ps are authorized to perform interventions that RNs cannot perform without an order.
Many people do not understand the roles and the differences between them.
Interesting sociological point- I have witnessed EMS vs RN tension even at the student level. Our nursing school
building is part of a whole allied health building where EMTs, LPNs, CNAs, and Surg Techs are also trained. I've heard student EMTs remark about the attitudes of nurses. We should do a study to find out why!
I am def. interested in this and will read the above linked threads.