RN to EMT programs

  1. Hi!!

    I'm trying to locate any abbreviated RN to EMT programs in the country. If anyone knows of any, I would appreciate the information.

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    Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 3


  3. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you. Welcome!
  4. by   EricJRN
    Welcome to the site! Here in Texas there is a mechanism for RN's to fast track to EMT-Basic and then to EMT-Paramedic, but many programs have stopped offering it. What state are you in? You might check with your local college EMS programs.
  5. by   apsurn
    Thanks Eric for the reply. I live in Tn and the closest program is for the EMT-Paramedic course at the local college.

    I'm needing EMT certification for flight nursing. I have my BSN, which means I've sat through MANY hours of classwork that I'd rather not repeat, so I want to take the "quick" course.
  6. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Can I ask why you want to become and EMT? The ones around here only get about $8 an hr. My friend who I did all my pre-reqs with was an EMT, he said that they did not pay his ins (malpractice or work-comp) so by the time he paid for it it was like he was making minimum wage....

    Opps, sorry, did not see that. What additional training would you need as an EMT? Arn't nurses higher on the scale? I am a new student so don't know, but it seems like you would know as much as an EMT (don't any one kill me)
  7. by   apsurn
    I need EMT cerification so that I can intubate. I working towards my goal of becoming a flight nurse and this is one of the requirements.

    I have NO desire to downsize my paycheck!!! I have the utmost respect for EMTs/Paramedics. But, as an RN working in the ER, I can't intubate. It's not within my scope of practice.
  8. by   pfitz1079
    Being a paramedic and an RN, my standard recomendation to someone in your situation is to complete a full training program.

    It's not that there's anything wrong with accelerated programs, but to condense any course something has to give. The problem is you don't know what you might have missed until you're working and find yourself hurting in some areas. There is also a socialization into the environment and profession that is part of such a program that one should not discount.

    I also believe that sitting through a full course shows a respect for the profession and those who are dedicated to it. Understand: you will be working with these people in situations where mutual trust and respect is a cornerstone of success. Starting from a position of "You don't have anything to teach me" (intended or not, that's what a short-cut program says about you) is probably not the best.

    Good luck with your endeavor,

    Pete Fitzpatrick
    Writing from the Ninth Circle