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  • Sep 2 '17

    I did EMT before I got into my RN program. There are a lot of EMT skills that are useful in an RN setting, particularly in trauma and critical care. The emphasis on airway, breathing and cardiac is universal. Taking vitals in the field is good prep. Learning how to interact with and read patients is good prep. Learning how to do predictive testing for your license is good prep (I'm not equating it with the NCLEX content, just the style of testing).

    Having said that, most ERs around here want ambulance experience before they will hire you. That may not be true in your area.