Hello everyone, I have been reading a lot of your posts with keen interest. I am a veteran paramedic (20+ years) 51 years old. I am currently working for a fire dept in the state of Texas. I initially started working for an ems system for the same city back in 89' and in 2000 we consolidated with the fire dept. I work mostly on a Rescue (ie. Ambulance), 24 hr shifts, with occasional moves to a fire apparatus. I have a lot of patient care experience in the field but none in a hospital environment. I am coming close to retirement but want to keep working and wish to obtain a nursing degree. I am not enrolled in excelsior but have submitted and applied for admission with evaluation of transcripts and have taken one of there exams (lifespan development) some years ago before life took over. I still need a&p 1 and 2, microbiology prereqs.
In order to attend a Brick mortar school I would have to finish more prereq. Because they state that some of my classes are to old and have to be redone. Excelsior accepted those courses. Because of that I will not be eligible for a program Until fall of 2013. Also I would have to use vacation time to attend school because most firefighters will not do shift trades if they have to work on a rescue.
Here is my dilemma. Should I go down the excelsior road or do the B and M route because of my lack of in hospital experience. I have read both sides of the opinions in your posts but I am still unsure. So please help out a fellow care taker.
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