Does anyone know if an RN in the state of Ohio with an EMT-B certification can challenge the paramedic certification exam? or...if the medical director can sign off the RN with EMT-B certification as being competent to provide care at that level? I have received mixed information from a vast array of sources but hoping someone may know the answer to this very question.I am an RN-BSN in the ED and also volunteer as a firefighter outside of work. I have wanted to venture into the prehospital care realm since before nursing school and am just now returning to complete the EMT-B certification, but would like to further my knowledge and abilities outside of the hospital by obtaining the paramedic cert. However, the time involved in obtaining the paramedic certification has seemed overwhelming in addition to a full time occupation, so I am just trying to glean some knowledge and wisdom from others out there who may have been there and done it before.
Thanks for any information that can be provided out there!