Regarding paramedics in ER..why are they paid so terribly ? - page 4

Tell me about their education requirements, etc.I know the pay is terrible (at least around here) and they work so hard and are responsible for SO much. I don't understand why the pay discrepancy ?... Read More

  1. by   jwk
    Quote from Medic173
    Oh, dont worry I havent gone far away. To answer some questions. Yes in most states Medics are Licensed. The states that are still certified will be switching in the near futrue, check state leg. websites for details. And yes Medics are a form of Physician Extenders and operate under the Physician in all aspects of Patient care. (This is how we can give Meds, intubate, needle chests, surgical airways, chest tubes and needle the paricardial sac.) And that is the reason they can replace a NP or PA, They also operate under the Physician. In the ER where I work the have started the Physician Extender Paramedics to see Pts, order labs, rad, suture, I&D, LPs order meds, review results, consult with oncall MD and Rx scripts under the MD license. The MDs have agreed and approved this and it was started. That is why if a Medic ever causes an error in the field or in house, it will be the MD the he was working under that will be on the stand with him. Oh, and I have put off Nursing School to pursue this position. I will pursue the degree again only to advance my other job in Flight Medicine. It doesnt matter if you think I am full of Sh*t or not, it is very humerous to know that it has gotten so many of the RN's in an up roar. It has done the same in our ER but after the first couple weeks they realized that if I order something it is coming from the MD through me.
    Again - much or most of what you are doing falls well outside a paramedic's legal scope of practice. I don't believe for a second that ANY pharmacist would accept a prescription signed by Joe Blow, NREMTP. It simply won't happen.

    A paramedic cannot operate outside their legal scope of practice simply because a physician orders them to do so.

    Again, as so many have asked - where do you practice?
  2. by   Jen2
    A paramedic cannot operate outside their legal scope of practice simply because a physician orders them to do so.
    TRUE! I as an RN can obviously go and get a vomiting patient 4mg of Zofran IVP. However, if I don't have a doctors order for that med I am operating out of my scope of practice. I have standing orders that I utilize in my ED for things, but I am protected if I do a standing order because I have the order to do so. It's not about I can do this and you can't, it's about practicing within your scope of practice.

    I could probably do a femoral artery stick better than most of the docs, but as an RN I am not allowed to do this even if a doc tells me so. A doctor can write an order for an RN to do anything, it's the nurse that needs to say, "Hey I cannot do that".

    RN's and paramedics will never be able to be interchanged. It's two totally different things. Both the education for medics and nurses are also very different. Medics learn skills and thus their education is very skill oriented. Rn's learn much more about assessment, meds, and the patients response to those meds. It is great that some ED's hire medics. I wish we had a few. We do have one guy that is an EMT and he's awesome, but his title is clinical associate (nurses aide), so he's not even allowed to put in an IV. Even if some ED's are hiring and utilizing medics, put that medic on a med/surge floor and see how they function. My point is they will never be interchanged.
  3. by   Medic173
    I dont care if you think I am FOS, I know what I do every night I go to work at the ER, I know that when they developed this position that I was one of the individuals that sat with the hospitals legal board, JACHO, DOH, and the CNO before hand. You RNs really need to do your homework about medics before you go around bashing them. We work under the MD scope and what every they want us to perform.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Close this for a cooling off period.