Paramedic to RN transition, easy or hard? - page 2

by Silika

hello, everyone. i am a paramedic with 5 year experience on als ambulance, now moving towards my aas degree in nursing. i would like to get some input from other medics who became rns, or rns that had to work or train a medic who... Read More


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    I generally try to steer people away from the EC-type programs. Some states are refusing to license folks from them. Really a nursing program without clinicals is pointless. I've heard all the justifications about prior experience and just don't buy it.

    There are some budding bridge programs out there that show some promise. I think if a paramedic wants to become a nurse (or a nurse a paramedic) that person should attend a full training program. There's more to it than just the credits or the diploma.

    Pete Fitzpatrick
    RN, CFRN, EMT-P
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    I am a nursing student, just finishing first year. The EMT's in my class are held to a higher standard. When I told one of them that I felt totally inadequate compared to him, he said it would have no impact on my clinical grade. And he did score just one tenth of a point higher than me on the mid-term clinical evaluation. As for not telling the instructor, its kind of hard to hide those skills, and you will react differently than non-medical people. You will do GREAT, good luck, Donna
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    Also, I think you will find in many ER's--actually I thought all but what do I know---you will still work somewhat autonomously in regard to the meds you mentioned(D50, Nitro,Morphine) and certain skills, etc. without running to the doc first. There are protocols in place generally. Woe is you who doesn't push/give the med when clearly necessary. There's only a few MD's and a whole lotta patients. They aren't by your side all that often. Um, Dr, after i tracked you down for ten minutes running the corridor of rooms and bays, can I give my pt. w/ a CBS of 29 some D50? Huh-uh

    I don't have any negative things to say about paramedics wanting to transition to nursing. It is cool all of the "monkey skills" you get to do out there. I say that w/affection. My most recent "crossover" friend said it best to me. "I knew how to do a lot of things but I didn't always understand the whys of some of it. In general, yeah. But not in depth until after much, much more physio, patho and anatomy.

    Best of luck to ya!
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    I transitioned from medic to RN through the Excelsior program. I found the hardest parts to be needing a doctors order for nearly everything and being stuck inside the hospital for hours at a time. I have done telemetry, ER, home care, and ICU. So far I have found ICU to be a wonderful use of both my medic and nursing skills. I have also found that their is quite a bit of autonomy in the ICU setting and we have protocols for many things. Good luck to you as you make the transition!
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    Pete, Donna, MissMab, Medicnohio, Thank you all for the input. You are great, very inspiring, good motivators! I know where to go if I ever get stuck in the study box, and need a new kick start. This web site is the best!
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    [color=palegreen]hi all you good people, anyone who is going or has gone to excelsior college to get your rn, please pm me anytime i would like to talk to you...! thanks!
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    Quote from silika
    i probably would feel right at home if i chose er specialty, but what other specialty would you and everyone suggest for paramedic to rn person?
    i love the nicu. you get the critical care aspect which i think is always "in our blood" but it's different enough from ems to make it really interesting.
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    Hi I know that this post is a little old, but I thought I might be able to help you. I am not a paramedic. (ADN RN) going on for BSN. Any way when I was studying with EC for my RN (LPN @ THE TIME) I met a paramedic at one of the testing centers. He was farther along in the program than me. He helped me with a few textbooks ect. He had no problems with the nursing concepts 1-7 exams at all. But,,,, he failed the CPNE 3 times. So he was out. He was a nice fellow, but a bit cocky. Everyone knew he was a paramedic. Trust me attitude means a lot when you go to take the CPNE. YOU want to be confident, but not too confident that you come off as a know it all. Good idea getting used study guides for Rue, chancellor, istudysmart.com. Don't sign a contract with any of these companies. Get your stuff second hand. I used the college network, but this is costly. Didn't know any better. Also I totally agree with previous post::: Go to the CARE PLAN LAB in Indianna. they will teach you everything you need to know and will teach you the EXCELSIOR way. I also went to excelsior's workshop. found this a waste of money and beating a dead horse. Spend the $800.00 and go to Indianna. Buddy up with others to share room costs and transportation costs. YOU want to pass, and not have to pay all of that money over again. And there is a long wait list to take the test. Hope this helps you Good Luck DAWN
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    Ugghh.. I'm just waiting to hear back from my schools that I applied to.
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    Hopefully, i get in.


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