Oh boy. I've connected with quite a few medics in the program, and we all typically have the same problems. Nursing is completely different than emergency medicine. While A&P and experience may help you understand concepts, it won't help you as a Nurse, for better or worse.
Those of us who have connected have the same complaints:
It's all self directed even with the online classes. Those of us who are visual learners suffer greatly.
For the ECE exams you can cram and finish a lot of them quickly, but you don't really learn much of anything.
The provided materials are not adequate for the online classes. Expecting us to sit down and read 1,000 pages per week along with a discussion post and reply (which is only worth 20% of the grade by the way) is ludicrous, but that's what they expect.
The test questions are designed to trick you. Look for key words (like the NREMT) such as "first" or "priority." EC makes a fortune with their nursing ADN and the more times they can charge you for the classes or exams the better.
Nursing seems sort of silly once you get to the point where everything clicks, as compared to being a paramedic. If you've ever worked a busy system and done 10+ IVs a day, and 1-2 critical interventions per shift, you'll know what I mean. Nursing is all about following Dr orders, providing supportive care, and educating the patient. There's very little independent thought that goes into being an RN to be honest.
Hardly any of this is what you're used to doing. Stop thinking like a medic and pretend you aren't a medic at all if you can. It won't help you much at all. Your instructor, classmates, and exams don't care.
If you can find a way to get through the classes or exams, it can lead you down a path to getting your RN. I've decided after getting through my 100 level classes not pursue nursing outside of informatics. I'm going to find a cushy office job away from patient care. Perhaps work a shift here and there in the ER and do some teaching.
Feel free to ask any other questions or ask me to clarify something, I'm happy to help.