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EMT - B with nursing school?!

  1. 1 Hi Y'all!
    Since you are all so helpful with all of my other questions, I am asking for opinions here....

    What do you think about going to summer classes (community college) to get my EMT - B cert. the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of nursing school (University of Kentucky)?

    Why get the cert?
    To be able to work on campus as a possible EMT while getting extra medical training. Before anyone says that a nurse's atmosphere and an EMT's are very different, I understand that, and I am going to become an Army nurse (Army ROTC and nursing), talk about a different atmosphere from any other imaginable!

    Simply wondering if it would be worth my time, in your opinions! Thanks for the input!
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  3. Visit  Pixiesmom profile page
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    Hello Keegs13! My is that you can do anything you put your mind to.

    It has been quite a long time since I took my EMT-B course but if the dates don't overlap I would go for it.

    Good luck to you!
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  4. Visit  canesdukegirl profile page
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    YES!!! What a brilliant idea. I think you should go for it.

    How is additional knowledge and training a bad thing? Please correct me if I am wrong, but I trust that you are old enough to understand the difference between EMT duties and nursing duties.

    What a GREAT way to spend your summer. Go for it!

    (I am sort of jealous. But you inspired me to perhaps get my own EMT cert!)
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  5. Visit  emtb2rn profile page
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    If you'll be able to ride, then go for it. The field experience will help down the road.
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  6. Visit  ImThatGuy profile page
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    I think you should do it. I'm biased, but it'd be a good opportunity. You'd also get a different perspective of the healthcare team and get some pretty good assessment and scene safety skills.
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  7. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    As long as the entire course can be completed in the summer without interfering with nursing school, yes, why not? Good idea.
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  8. Visit  keegs13 profile page
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    Thanks for the input, guys!! I think I am going to go for it.. not this summer, but next... I mean the field experience should get me "in the game" or a little taste of the mindset of a field hospital... barely, but at least a taste!

    Instead of EMT - B (basic), if I can, should I just go for EMT - P (paramedic)... of course time and schedule-pending with nursing school and Army training, or would that be too much considering I am not going to be a paramedic but a nurse?
  9. Visit  nfdfiremedic profile page
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    I took them both at the same time. It was pretty rough. If I could have done it over the summer I would have!

    Also, paramedic AND nurse is a very useful combo depending what you want to do with your career.
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  10. Visit  One1 profile page
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    I worked as an EMT-B (plus IV cert) throughout nursing school and found it extremely beneficial, so I'd say go for it!
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  11. Visit  keegs13 profile page
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    one1: Did you do summer schooling for EMT -B or at the same time as nursing school?
  12. Visit  CT Pixie profile page
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    Quote from keegs13
    Instead of EMT - B (basic), if I can, should I just go for EMT - P (paramedic)... of course time and schedule-pending with nursing school and Army training, or would that be too much considering I am not going to be a paramedic but a nurse?
    Not sure of how the schools work where you but in CT you have to be an EMT-B or EMT-I for a certain period of time (usual time frame is 1-2 yrs) before you can be admitted to the paramedic program.

    Most paramedic programs here are degree (associates degree) programs and will take 2 yrs to complete. So, if your area has similar requirements you wouldn't be able to do a EMT-P course over the summer.

    I am an EMT-B and my schooling and experience as an EMT did give me a leg up when I started LPN school, and continues to help now that i'm bridging to RN.

    If you have th time and funds to do an EMT-B over the summer..go for it. It can't hurt.
  13. Visit  ImThatGuy profile page
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    You could do nursing school and paramedic school at the same time. Granted, it wasn't nursing school, but I got my first bachelor's degree at the same time I was going through paramedic school. Went to a university during the day for the degree classes, went to a community college at night for the paramedic courses.
  14. Visit  CT Pixie profile page
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    Quote from ImThatGuy
    You could do nursing school and paramedic school at the same time. Granted, it wasn't nursing school, but I got my first bachelor's degree at the same time I was going through paramedic school. Went to a university during the day for the degree classes, went to a community college at night for the paramedic courses.
    Wow! Hats off to you! I'd never be able to do TWO degree programs at once. Kudos!

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