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If you are a CNA/PCT/MA, you are more than qualified. Unfortunately many ERs prefer EMTs with field experience. Why I have no idea, as working the road as an EMT is nothing like the ER, but for whatever reason thats what many want.
How did you come up with the idea that working on the road as an EMT is nothing like the ER? I have been working as a tech for seven years and some of the best ER techs and RN's I work with all have prior or current field experience. Many ER managers look for tech as well as RN candidates with thier EMT (basic or medic) and field experience. The reason is that EMT's and RN's with field experience tend to have better critical thinking skills and have the ability to multi task effeciently when it gets busy. At the level one I worked at I helped train the CNA's that came down to the ER from the floors. I noticed that most were very hard workers but just by the nature of thier CNA education and training they think differently than people I trained with thier EMT and field experience. Rather than trying to think ahead or act alone during traumas and codes they rely on being directed by an RN or other provider.