Paramedic to RN: Where do I belong?! - page 2
I am a Paramedic with seven years experience plus 3 years as a tech on a HEAVY-DUTY med-surg floor; I am currently in Excelsior program and will do my CPNE next week. If I pass and pass... Read More
May 15, '04Occupation: Cardiothoracic ICU Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 109; Likes: 4Quote from MLOSYou just HAVE to remember that stuff to share with your co-workers. It literally becomes the stuff that legends are made of. It is SO hard to be professional sometimes. Wierdness abounds, and I swear, people must think the ER is the Mothership.OK, I just nearly spit my diet Coke when I read that!
This is off topic, but ... as an aspiring ER nurse, can ya tell me how you keep from having to pick up your jaw from the floor when pts. say something like that? :chuckle
May 15, '04Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 126; Likes: 4I was an MICT for 6 yrs before I became an RN. I naturally went to ER, as you said, stick to what you know. However, I did offer to float to other floors when needed and float I did. I have found out that I love Ortho and OB I detest med/surg and ICU. You don't know until you get there. If you are unsure of where to go, you could always start in the ER while floating to other depts and go from there. No one ever said you couldn't change depts. (I've done it 3 times!) Good luck.
May 15, '04Joined: Nov '01; Posts: 5,250; Likes: 4,136Hi there LadyBugLass! We have a lot in common. I'm a paramedic in Texas currently going through Excelsior to obtain my RN. I'm just starting, but have thought a little about where I'd like to start out. I think I'll start out in the ER, unless I change my mind later (I have some time).
We both could probably fill a book with those strange, crazy or completely bizarre calls. My most recent "delightful" 911 call was for an icepack. I just loved that one. However, it's a part of the job and I try to make the best of it. One patient changed my attitude - elderly man c/o knee pain from tripping - didn't really want to see us, someone else had called 911 for him, but I offered to take a BP. To make a long story short- I took him to the hosital because he had a third degree heart block.
I'm curious to see where you decide to go.
Best of luck to you!
May 15, '04Occupation: Nursing Faculty Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in Trauma,ER,CCU/OHU/Nsg Ed/Nsg Research ; From: US ; Joined: May '02; Posts: 8,317; Likes: 6,285Quote from LadyBugLassLOL...I know- I can't sleep now...getting too close! I'm kind of excited in a weird way...must be a glutton for punishment...lol. I look forward to metting you there- and BEST OF LUCK- WE CAN DO IT!!!!HEY YOU!! Are we still on for next week in Georgia? Maybe I should spend more time studying and less time on-line!
May 16, '04Joined: Jan '02; Posts: 5,673; Likes: 159Hey you have cardiacs in ER...just ask for 'em all when they roll in...LOL!!
Sounds like you would like a CCU...if you like the hemodynamic workings of the heart you may like CVICU too.
Best wishes whatever you decide...you will do well.
May 16, '04Specialty: 23 year(s) of experience in Emergency ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 1,320; Likes: 336Well as one who has gone the paramedic to RN route about 7 years ago, you will most quickly fit in in the ER with your experence. I went to school and got my RN. A friend of mine went the route you went and started in ICU- he told me for about the first year he felt like a fish out of water. You have the skills to think quickly on your feet but the pure nursing stuff can be slow to catch on to.
May 16, '04Occupation: allnurses Asst Community Manager, APRN Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '00; Posts: 53,367; Likes: 26,198I love the ER - the dumb, the stupid, the insane, but the majority of patients really believe they belong in the ER. So "what is different tonight about your leg pain that you have had for 6 years??""