Quote from Cahoon BSN RN
Hey there Yogi! I just ran across your post and I'm sorry to hear about your NCLEX trouble. Since you're looking for feedback, I think you're on the right track with an EMT program. I would strongly suggest that you try and get a job in a hospital versus working for a transport or ambulance service. You will be studying for your NCLEX every day you are at work. You will be around people using the medications and seeing patients with all the conditions you will face on the test. With the amount of review you have done, and knowing that you made it through nursing school, I would guess that you need some context to put all of that information into. Working with and around nurses is probably just what you need. That contextual use of the information you already have just might put you over the edge (in a good way) and allow the questions on the NCLEX to make more sense instead of being vague and conceptual. I am currently working in the ED and I know that our techs (they are all EMT's and medics, not CNA's) are awesome and such an important part of the team.
Plus, once you do pass the boards an RN job from a hospital that already knows you and has seen you perform well as an EMT will be all that much easier to land. Good luck with the current job hunt and EMT class.
Hey Cahoon, I am glad you are doing well. It's nice to see a familiar face/name on here. I have been soooo busy. I was not ignoring you just completely swamped. I swear this EMT program is more rigorous then our school. You know how it was so I am sure that doesn't surprise you.
I am so excited I got into this program. They allow 42 people and there were over 50 on the wait list. They called the night before and said I was in. I think part of it was because I already studied nursing because this is an intense program. It is at the San Francisco Paramedic Association and it is a 7 week boot camp. We have class from 8:30 to 5 PM Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Then on Thursdays they have free optional tutoring and skills practice and I always go to so I can keep up and learn more.
Our professor is on the committee that writes the questions for the NREMT (equivalent of the NCLEX) and he is on the board and writes a column for EMS World (an EMT magazine). The entire staff really cares about the students and they will do anything to help us succeed. The director of the program as a PhD in astrophysics from MIT and worked at Princeton. Then immediately switched careers and became an EMT and then a paramedic. I didn't hear this stuff from them. I heard it from other students and then looked up the staff on Linked in.
Most of the people in the class are planning to go to medical school, or nursing school but there is a whole range. This one guy in my squad is working on his PhD at UC Berkeley in Sociology. He is taking this course because he is doing his dissertation on Emergency Medical Services.
Anyway I feel like I went from the bottom to the top. I am learning so much. There is so much more pathophysiology then our nursing school. And we have to learn all the skills and once we are comfortable doing unaided we need 5 student signatures and then 1 instructor signature. It's just super organized with very good professors. The school is tied with UCLA for the number 1 spot for % of students that pass NREMT. They are both at 98% in 2012 and 2013 for students taking the NREMT for the first time. Here is a chart showing the passing rates by county. 2012 we were at 98% for first time test takers and again we are at 98% so far for 2013. http://www.emsa.ca.gov/meetings/2013...sults-2013.pdf
Your advice was all totally spot on. All of it. I going to try to work in a hospital but I may have to do 6 months of BLS transport before I can move up.
If this post seems scattered it was written of the past month. It really has been crazy busy. I had one of my "clinicals" on Thursday and went to Kaiser Oakland ER. It was so awesome. I am totally getting excited about health care again.