Published Aug 25, 2003
I would like to enroll in the EC nursing program but I am concerned about getting a job as a nurse after graduation. Does anyone have any experience with this? How did employers take your EC degree? I'd especially like to hear from anyone with experiences in Ohio and Michigan. Also does Ohio except EC?
I am a paramedic with 4 years of experience. I started traditional nursing school and did great in the one semester I was in. I would have continued but the cost and my need to work came first unfortunately.
CraigB-RN, MSN, RN
As a Director of Nursing, All I check to see is if a nurse graduated from an accredited school and has a valid licence. My first DON way back when was an Regents Grad. There will always be some who write it off, but if your competent they will quickly forget.
Don't be to cocky about being a paramedic. Having been an EMT-P for 20 years I can say that there is a difference. In some area's it will help you and in other area's it may get in the way. Just remember in most cases you have to wait for someone else to tube your patient. :)
I appreciate your input. I was worried because I just started
working as an STNA and they were asking all kinds of questions about my clinical experience. I thought...oh no, no one will hire me because I don't have a ton of clinical experience from school. I definitely don't like to be cocky about being a paramedic, it surely wasn't the career that was all it was cracked up to be. I wish that it would have worked out differently but in my area it did not. Quite frankly...being a paramedic here sucked.
Nobody really has a ton of clinical experience when they grad from school. Just study hard, and get a handle on planning ahead. At risk of starting a flame war paramedic in general don't plan much beyond getting to the hospital with their patient. Work on your assessments, and everything else should fall into place.
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