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LPN to Paramedic

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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Once upon a time, I thought EMT and paramedic were the same thing. Maybe the OP thinks that now?

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That is great you allowed to do that, especially in the ER! I am not sure if it is the state or the hospitals are just being scared for wheat ever reason... It's just silly.

Annie

Yeah could be a facility policy. Those needles are expensive.

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applewhitern has 30 years experience.

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I am an RN. We used to be able to intubate and place I&O caths, but my facility no longer allows nurses to do this. Once upon a time, it was included in ACLS, but most of the respiratory stuff (intubation) has been removed from ACLS and it is SO much simpler now. I hate to say it, but nursing has been dumbed down a lot in the last decade. When I first started nursing, yes, I would say a nurse could indeed do paramedic stuff, as we intubated frequently in ICU and ER. We also had to be able to demonstrate how we would do water rescue, back then, such as doing CPR on a patient in the water. A lot of that type of thing has been removed from the nurses's education. So, yes, indeed, you would need to go to school to be a paramedic. And paramedics should be paid more.

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That Guy has 6 years experience and works as a RN.

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And paramedics should be paid more.

And if they were I wouldn't be a nurse. One of the main reasons why I got out of EMS.

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DowntheRiver has 5 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Did I mention the drill? Yes, the drill... we can now drill into bone (IO) if we cannot get an IV in place, thus saving a lot of time on a sick patient! I am an IV nurse also though and believe RN should be able to use the IO!! It truly is easy!

I am an IV nurse as well. Some days I really wish I could just drill a hole in someone's arm and do an IO.

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Medic_Murse has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN, EMT-P.

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As both an Paramedic/RN...yes, yes you will have to go through Paramedic school.

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AnnieOaklyRN works as a RN, Paramedic.

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As both an Paramedic/RN...yes, yes you will have to go through Paramedic school.

I love your screen name and avatar, it's cute!!

Annie

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CharleeFoxtrot has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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And if they were I wouldn't be a nurse. One of the main reasons why I got out of EMS.

Ayup, me too. That and I'd had enough of carrying my fair share of 300lbs of humanity+stryker backwards down a narrow staircase at 0-effin-dark-30 because they had a hangnail for 3 weeks.

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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Even for an EMT Basic you would need to return to class (about "full time" 6 weeks) as there is no skill or knowledge base equivalency for an LPN and EMT in the field.

Many areas still have volunteer EMS but training is paid for (the school not the student) by a grant/state fund.

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AnnieOaklyRN works as a RN, Paramedic.

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Ayup, me too. That and I'd had enough of carrying my fair share of 300lbs of humanity+stryker backwards down a narrow staircase at 0-effin-dark-30 because they had a hangnail for 3 weeks.

LOL, yes this!! I actually make 90K with my medic overtime- 48 hours a week plus one 12 hour shift extra, not to bad considering I do 911 only and cover 6 towns (and not a single nursing home!!). The problem is what you said, I am 20 years in and my back and hip has started telling me it's time... I am kind of bummed because I do love working on the ambulance !

Unfortunately our population is only getting bigger and now it isn't unheard of for just about every adult patient we pick up to be obese. It wears on you... I do try and follow ABCs and Ambulate before carry if they really do not need to be carried out!

Annie

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CharleeFoxtrot has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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...Unfortunately our population is only getting bigger and now it isn't unheard of for just about every adult patient we pick up to be obese. It wears on you... I do try and follow ABCs and Ambulate before carry if they really do not need to be carried out!

Annie

I hear that. My service was the only one within a 200 mile radius that have 2 specially outfitted bariatric ambulances complete with oversized stretcher (complete with lift points for 3 people per side) and electric winch and ramps to get it into the back-guess what type of transports we had a lot of? Yeah don't miss that so much.

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I'm old and type badly

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