Hello! I am currently an Excelsior student working towards my nursing degree. I am seeking suggestions for any additional courses or training that would be beneficial when I complete my degree and boards (~2 years) and enter the field of nursing. I have been an EMT for 8 years and a CNA for almost 2 years. I have often been complimented on my people skills, but in order to provide the very best care as a nurse, I will also need to have a solid educational background (besides, people skills can't be taught... if someone doesn't have those before entering nursing, then they are really in trouble!) I am proficient in I.V.s. I have taken some additional training in EKG interpretation and am currently pursuing a medical terminology
course. I have always sought additional training opportunities as an EMT. On more than one occasion I something that I gleaned from additional training has allowed to me to improve the quality of patient care I provided. In EMS there is a huge difference (and a steep learning curve) between being certified and being a competent EMT. I'm sure the same is true in nursing. I just want to enter the field with a working (book) knowledge and the tools I need to acquire the field knowledge. Thanks for any suggestions!