So here's my dilemma. I am a paramedic, and (not bragging) a pretty darn good one. I have 12 years in EMS and 10 as a medic in busy 911 systems. I have a BS in health science, and I'm ready to advance, but I'm stuck. I spent a short amount of time looking around at public health and policy jobs, educator gigs, anything that would be the next step up, and found I was either underqualified, or that I would take a massive pay cut. There's no way I can pay for PA school on medic wages, but the path to DNP, or MSN seems much more manageable. All of these great jobs simply seem much more accessible to someone with a nursing license. So, I somewhat reluctantly have applied to an accelerated BSN program in my city. I am excited about the potential change and all of the amazing opportunities available to a BSN, but I'm a little nervous about the transition.
My questions are these: those of you who have made this transition from medic to RN, how different was the schooling? I know the philosophy is a bit different, was this a difficult change?
I have heard a rumor that the "old guard" in my future nursing program
have historically rejected paramedics, likely because of bad experiences with trying to reprogram our arrogance
Any tips on how to diffuse this in the interview? It seems pretty unfair.
Now that you are graduated and practicing, do you miss street medicine? Your autonomy? Your freedom? Or is it nice to have a lunch break and a bathroom and make a living wage?
I started out very optimistic, but am now not entirely sure if this is the right move. Some honest, constructive advice would be great.
If you have nothing but negative things to say about paramedics, you can keep them to yourself. This forum has enough trolls on it already.