Well I am an RN of 2.5 yrs with no previous medical experience, and where I work the EMT's basically do the same thing as the ER nurses....besides going out in the ambulance....triage pts, take vitals, history, that sort of thing...they are our saviors in code blues...help us out in any situation. The downside to being an EMT....the pay. They make about $7-10 and hour less that the RN's. They deserve so much more for what they do. Now maybe it's different in other parts of the country...I hope so.