I'm going to do a complete career change (at 28 yrs old) and was planning on going back to school to become an RN. I have also really thought about becoming a Paramedic instead; reasons being:
- I can afford the Paramedic schooling myself without a student loan and it would take less than a year, where as Nursing would take 4 years, I'd need student loans, and there is a 1-2 year wait list. So I'd be saving sooo much money and time going the Paramedic route.
Although, I know there are big advantages to being a Nurse: Full-time job right out of school, a bit better pay, more opportunities to branch out, can work anywhere, and I'd have a bachelor's degree....
For those of you who are RN's and familiar with the Paramedic profession, what is your opinion? Do the pros of becoming an RN outweigh the amount of debt and time I'd save becoming a Paramedic? I'm sure I'd enjoy both professions so that's not really the issue.
Thanks for your feedback!