previous paramedic

  1. Hello to all. I am a previous paramedic with ten years of expierience. I am greatly interested in nursing as a profession. However I have been unable to locate a school that will take this previous expierience into consideration. Does anyone have any advice?? thank you in earnest for any helpful information.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Most programs will not accept any of your training.............as I was told in the past, you do not have "the nurse's integrated view." Which I find to be a joke...........but to your problem........Excelsior does accept students with an EMT-P certification........that is the only one that I know ofwhyou do not have to begin with day 1 all over again...........Good luck to you..............
  4. by   previous
    Quote from suzanne4
    Most programs will not accept any of your training.............as I was told in the past, you do not have "the nurse's integrated view." Which I find to be a joke...........but to your problem........Excelsior does accept students with an EMT-P certification........that is the only one that I know ofwhyou do not have to begin with day 1 all over again...........Good luck to you..............
    thanks!!! the only problem I ahve is that an admissions counselor at Excellsior told me that I ahve to have current certification. I wish there wasa way I could challenge the boards
  5. by   suzanne4
    Paramedic Boards or Rn Boards?

    Paramedic may depend on your state, but RN, no way. There are still things that are done quite differently..........even an LPN with 20 years experience is unable to challenge RN Boards.....
  6. by   previous
    Quote from suzanne4
    Paramedic Boards or Rn Boards?

    Paramedic may depend on your state, but RN, no way. There are still things that are done quite differently..........even an LPN with 20 years experience is unable to challenge RN Boards.....
    Definitely Paramedic board. I live in Kentucky so I would llike to challenge the Board of Medical Licensure for my certification. I completely understand that nursing recquires a great deal of education and there are significant differances in "Street medicine" and a much more in depth application for nurses. I just would like for training in ACLS, Pharmacology, and A&P to help me.
  7. by   RoxanRN
    Quote from previous
    Definitely Paramedic board. I live in Kentucky so I would llike to challenge the Board of Medical Licensure for my certification. I completely understand that nursing recquires a great deal of education and there are significant differances in "Street medicine" and a much more in depth application for nurses. I just would like for training in ACLS, Pharmacology, and A&P to help me.
    Have you talked to the KY State Boad of EMS? How long has your EMT-P been lapsed?

    If you think your EMT-P knowledge doesn't count for anything, think again. You would have a tremendous leg up on the other nursing students. EMT-P covers the surface of several diease processes whereas nursing goes much more in depth. You already have that 'surface' knowledge and thus, can start out concentrating on the 'deeper' stuff. You will probably be able to understand the concepts quicker and be able to put 2 and 2 together quicker than most students. You know more drugs in your sleep now than most any nurse. As a nursing student, this allows you to focus on the drugs you haven't had exposure to. You won't have to dedicate as much brain power to EKGs and IVs as these are second nature to you. You already know the kinetics related to traumatic injuries; agains freeing brain power to focus deeper. I could probably come up with more, but I think you get my point.

    I'm an EMICT of 11 years. I found nursing school easy compared to medic school (JMO). Other students quickly figured out I had some sort of background (didn't advertise my EMICT) and I quickly became a resource for other students. Yes, there were areas I had trouble with (same areas I had problems with in medic school - I've always disliked psych and peds). So I sought out other students who seemed to have it figured out and got help from them (yes, our instructors were available, but we were encouraged to help each other).

    Don't dismiss your EMS background. Even though you may not be able to get credit for you experience or toward a nursing degree, you still have that wonderful knowledge base to draw on. USE IT!!!

    Roxan
    EMICT, RN
  8. by   previous
    Quote from RoxanRN2003
    Have you talked to the KY State Boad of EMS? How long has your EMT-P been lapsed?

    If you think your EMT-P knowledge doesn't count for anything, think again. You would have a tremendous leg up on the other nursing students. EMT-P covers the surface of several diease processes whereas nursing goes much more in depth. You already have that 'surface' knowledge and thus, can start out concentrating on the 'deeper' stuff. You will probably be able to understand the concepts quicker and be able to put 2 and 2 together quicker than most students. You know more drugs in your sleep now than most any nurse. As a nursing student, this allows you to focus on the drugs you haven't had exposure to. You won't have to dedicate as much brain power to EKGs and IVs as these are second nature to you. You already know the kinetics related to traumatic injuries; agains freeing brain power to focus deeper. I could probably come up with more, but I think you get my point.

    I'm an EMICT of 11 years. I found nursing school easy compared to medic school (JMO). Other students quickly figured out I had some sort of background (didn't advertise my EMICT) and I quickly became a resource for other students. Yes, there were areas I had trouble with (same areas I had problems with in medic school - I've always disliked psych and peds). So I sought out other students who seemed to have it figured out and got help from them (yes, our instructors were available, but we were encouraged to help each other).

    Don't dismiss your EMS background. Even though you may not be able to get credit for you experience or toward a nursing degree, you still have that wonderful knowledge base to draw on. USE IT!!!

    Roxan
    EMICT, RN
    thanks!!! I'll call them today. wish me luck!!!!
  9. by   lpnstudentin2010
    good luck

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