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    ALS nerves

    I understand this is not the place for paramedics and I apologize for that in advance but I was hoping I can post this to see if there were any former medics here that had some advice. Even nurses who can give advice would be great as well. Hello, As the title explains I am a brand new paramedic working 911 calls at my Fire Department. In the past I worked 911 but never really did much transporting to hospitals. The last Fire Department I worked at I was an EMT and they did not transport to the hospital. We would show up on scene and just gather vitals and help transfer the patient to the oncoming ambulance that showed up on our scene to transport our patient. Prior to becoming a paramedic I was functioning as an EMT and I would get nervous on calls that required ALS interventions but once the call got going and we were in the back of the ambulance working it started to sub-side because the eyes were not on me. I've only probably being doing legit 911 transport calls as an EMT now for about a year. Just recently about a couple weeks ago is when I obtained my paramedic license and it didn't hit home that I was going to be the leader now and eyes would be put on me. We have had a few close calls that turned out to be nothing. One call coming out as a pregnant female not breathing. When the tones dropped for that call I was beyond nervous. My heart was racing and I was constantly worried about messing up and being looked at as the paramedic that kills people. While I was in school I knew the material. I hate to say this but I barley studied in medic school. I mainly just studied the ALS AHA guidelines and my drugs and of course ECG's. I passed my psychomotor skills on my first try and pass the written exam first try at 80 questions. I feel book smart but when it comes to the street I am not sure if I am that leader that needs to be. I am a very introverted person and its hard for me to have "confidence." I'm a pretty low self esteem person and I am always constantly worried about what I may say wrong or what someone may think of me. I am always worried now about performing a procedure wrong or being completely stumped on something as simple as seeing V-tach on the monitor and forgetting to shock it because of how nervous I would be and get tunnel vision. It really demoralizes me because I really do enjoy the medical field but I do not think I am cut out for the emergency setting. Ever since I obtained my medic I am constantly worried about the tones dropping and it being a serious call such as a bad trauma (gun-shot, MVC, etc), cardiac arrest, pediatric calls, anaphylaxis shock, etc. In a calm setting I can tell you everything I would do for this but in a real life situation I get tunnel vision due to my nerves and always and I mean always second guessing myself. I always feel stupid and think to myself I should have never even passed medic school. Its always been a goal of mine to go to PA school and specialize in sports medicine more specifically orthopedic. I obtained my paramedic to bridge to nursing because it always me to work full-time but this really doesn't matter for this thread. I'm just not sure if I am cut out for this because all other medics I have talked to say they never got nervous and think its crazy how nervous I actually get. They keep trying to convince me to stay but I believe that is because they just don't want to lose a medic because they would get back on the box. I just don't know. I wish I wouldn't get so damn nervous.
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    Is nursing for me?

    Hello everyone, I'm not really sure how to start this thread other than to start off by saying I am currently working as a paramedic with a Fire Department. At first, before I attained my paramedic my plan/goal was to go to nursing school from a bridge program and achieve my associate's degree in Nursing and then go back to school online to get my Bachelor's in Nursing. After achieving my Bachelor's degree the plan was to do travel nursing since I've always wanted to travel. Well, recently I have been having second thoughts about my career path. Not because I dislike healthcare and the field but because I do not believe my personality matches well for nursing. Majority of the time I am a pretty shy person and it takes me a minute to open up fully to new people and I know the nursing majority of the time requires individuals to be open. Let me give an example. Working as a paramedic you are the ultimate authority on all medical calls majority of the time and sometimes I struggle in that role. Running cardiac arrest's can be a struggle at times not because I do not know what I am doing but rather because in "stressful" situations I can get tunnel vision and sidetrack which I know it's horrible and it's my biggest weakness. In un-stressful situations I'm good. My ultimate fear is becoming too stressed out that I may get tunnel vision and forget a medication dosage or procedure that needs to be done and I end up killing the patient. This has led me to second guess my career choice of becoming a nurse because I am not sure how I can handle the stress of a Trauma patient or Code that comes into the ER and every nurse and doctor running to the room. I may forget or worse fail my colleagues. I love healthcare but I am not sure if loving the field is enough to be a part of it. Has anyone has similar situations like myself or is it safe to say that this career path is not the right choice for myself and I should focus on changing my path? I want complete honesty. The last thing I ever want to do is harm a patient. Has anyone ever had similar thoughts and if so, how did you overcome them? Any advice? Thank you to anyone who has responded and read my thread.
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    Is nursing right for me...?

    Hello everyone, I'm not really sure how to start this thread other than to start off by saying I am currently working as a paramedic with a Fire Department. At first, before I attained my paramedic my plan/goal was to go to nursing school from a bridge program and achieve my associate's degree in Nursing and then go back to school online to get my Bachelor's in Nursing. After achieving my Bachelor's degree the plan was to do travel nursing since I've always wanted to travel. Well, recently I have been having second thoughts about my career path. Not because I dislike healthcare and the field but because I do not believe my personality matches well for nursing. Majority of the time I am a pretty shy person and it takes me a minute to open up fully to new people and I know the nursing majority of the time requires individuals to be open. Let me give an example. Working as a paramedic you are the ultimate authority on all medical calls majority of the time and sometimes I struggle in that role. Running cardiac arrest's can be a struggle at times not because I do not know what I am doing but rather because in "stressful" situations I can get tunnel vision and sidetrack which I know it's horrible and it's my biggest weakness. In un-stressful situations I'm good. My ultimate fear is becoming too stressed out that I may get tunnel vision and forget a medication dosage or procedure that needs to be done and I end up killing the patient. This has led me to second guess my career choice of becoming a nurse because I am not sure how I can handle the stress of a Trauma patient or Code that comes into the ER and every nurse and doctor running to the room. I may forget or worse fail my colleagues. I love healthcare but I am not sure if loving the field is enough to be a part of it. Has anyone has similar situations like myself or is it safe to say that this career path is not the right choice for myself and I should focus on changing my path? I want complete honesty. The last thing I ever want to do is harm a patient. Has anyone ever had similar thoughts and if so, how did you overcome them? Any advice? Thank you to anyone who has responded and read my thread.
  4. Hello everyone, I am a paramedic looking for a career change. I came across the paramedic to rn bridge program offered at ABAC in Tifton, Georgia. I'm looking for more information on it and if anyone has attended. I am trying to learn from previous students who have done this route and what it was like and how the schedule for school was. I am working full-time and will need to be to pay bills. Thanks in advance!
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    Paramedic looking for a career change...

    First, let me start off by saying I do appreciate you taking the time out of your day to reply to my post. I do however disagree with some of your points and I do mean this in a respectful way. 1. When you talked about respect. I do not believe in my view that PA's or NP's have more respect than others. There may be a select few that may feel this way but those people to me and the real problem. Both NP's and PA's are midlevel providers and that is it. The main difference between the two is NP's treat in a more holistic approach while PA's treat in a more medicine-based approach. Treating in a more holistic approach was one turn off for me. When I was thinking about pursuing a higher degree I wanted to be medicine based. Again this is not to say that I believe this makes one better than the other because it does not. All I am saying is I prefer the medicine modal over the holistic one. 2. When we talk about NP's being able to work without physician oversight, this is not all that truthful. Yes, they may have more opportunities to open up their own practice but in the end, the person is still working under an MD license. They are not completely free. Also even if this was the case, for me having my own practice is not something I am really interested in. If that was the case I would have just chosen MD personally. 3. To say that FNP has more ability to specialize and move on compared to NP is false. I've researched this quite a lot and PA's have more ability to change practices and specializations compared to NP. This is not an argument. 4. I really just can't stand when people think like this and I mean this out fo respect. NO NP IS EVEN CLOSE TO AN MD and any NP who wants to be called a doctor just because they achieved a doctorate is just being disrespectful to the MD. I am not a fan of that at all. NP and PA are midlevel providers and that's it. I would never want anyone calling me a doctor whether I was PA or NP. 5. I agree with you.
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    Paramedic looking for a career change...

    I was considering going into the reserves but my concern with that is how likely would it all work out. Right now I am currently in the process of trying to save up as much money as I can. I will definitely have to take some time out of my busy schedule to show a nurse or NP because I am not completely sure if I want to be a nurse or not. It's hard to say because all I hear from the nursing career is how stressful it is and how the nurses are treated so poorly. I am not looking to change a low paying stressful career to an even more stressful career if that makes sense. Really the main reason why I thoroughly like the Physician Assistant career is for one dumb reason and one legit reason. The dumb reason is I like how Physician Assistant sounds compared to Nurse Practitioner. The legit reason I like the PA career is that if I wanted to change specialties I have the ability to do so without having to worry about going back to school. The two main specialties I love are the Orthopedic and Cardiology. For cardiology, I would love to specialize in the electrophysiology area. If I choose the NP route I will not be able to change specialties so easy and I will most likely need to go back to school to do so which is a big turn off for me. I do appreciate the kind words saying 25 is so young which it is but the way I look at it is I see other people becoming PA's at such young ages in their mid-twenties and I feel like I am behind on the eight balls. The time I would become a PA if I choose that route is more likely in my forties. The reason being is right now I do not have a bachelors degree so I would need to work on attaining that. That will take 3-5 years so I will be in my 30's when that is complete and then its another two years for my masters in PA but depending how long I get accepted into it will depend on my age. It will also depend on my income at the time and where I am in life. RIght now I am still in the process of trying to leave Georgia and move to Texas for a good EMS company that pays well but right now it can be a year from now until I get on. This is why I feel like 25 is now young anymore for me. The time I reach my goal I will start getting near my mid-forties and that's not ideal for me. Sorry for the rant.
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    Paramedic looking for a career change...

    I am understanding the student loans but again my main concern is how I will still be able to afford living in an apartment while attending PA school. Also the time I graduate PA school I won’t be able to get into the military. I’ll reach the age requirement cut off.
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    Paramedic looking for a career change...

    The issue is I am not sure if I want to be a nurse or not. Usually, that is an indication for someone to say that you should not pursue a field that you are unsure of but at the same time, the reason why I like the Nurse route is that you can work and make decent money all the way up to your masters degree. Yes, I am only 25-years old which in many peoples minds is young and I would agree but in college years it's not very young anymore. If I were to go the PA route I would need to get a bachelors degree which can take me 3-4 years. I will be 29-30 years old. Then I'll have to apply to PA school and hope to get in right away. Then I'll be 30-31 years old and the time I graduate ill be around 35-37 years old. Another concern I will have to worry about is how I will need to pay bills while going to PA school. Do I stay on campus or rent a very cheap apartment. If I rent an apartment will I be able to afford it and keep up with my bills? If I go to living on campus I will be old compared to other students and then I will accumulate even more debt. Thank you for the respond!
  9. Hello, Not really sure how to start this post other than introducing myself. Right now I am a 25 year old male paramedic. I’ve been in EMS for about four years now and I am looking to move on to better opportunities and better growth but the dilemma I’m running into is where. If I was 18 years old again I would of most likely choose the physician assistant route but seeing that I am 25 now and will need to start from scratch I am not sure if I can afford to go through all the schooling necessary while being a single male by myself paying bills. The careers that interest me have been Biomedical engineering, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Dietitian and Physical Therapist. I decided not to pursue physical therapy due to the change of requirements requiring a masters degree to now requiring a doctoral degree. Biomedical engineer is still on my mind but I am not completely sure about pursuing due to the lack of jobs and the lack of ability to work while pursuing the degree. I saw a bridge program for paramedics to nurses which interested me but I am not sure if nursing is the right fit for me. For example I love taking care of people and really helping someone through a rough time but the sad reality of the medical field is majority of the people we see or treat do not require it and it’s always a drunk or someone with some form of mental disorder having a panic attack. After a while i can see how it would burn me out or really anyone. What I love about nursing is that it offers many opportunities and different career paths but at the same time I am not sure if I find that to be the only reason why I would pursue nursing. I do like that you can work as a nurse while attending NP school but at the same time I dislike it because I can see why NP will be looked down upon from other healthcare professionals. I like the Physician assistant over NP due to the amount of clinical hours one needs to complete during the program and how a PA has more luxury to switch specialities if they want to. For example I want to work within the sports medicine area of a mid level provider but I do not believe it would be as simple for a NP compared to PA. The only turn off for me when it comes to PA school is the lack of ability to work and pay for my bills while in school compared to NP I’ll be able to do that. After saying this I do not want the misconception that I look down on either the PA or NP because I don’t. I think both fields have great professionals and both play a hit role in the health care system. I just am not sure which one is right for me. I apologize for the rant but I am just not sure what I want to do and maybe I’m just looking for some wisdom and advice from people who have taken such paths or had any recommendations on other paths or what someone might of done differently. Thank you for your time and reading my post!
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    ADN or BSN: What's the Big Deal?

    I would have to find the article again but I talked to two hospitals around me here in Georgia that stated majority of hospitals now are transitioning away from hiring ADN's.
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    ADN or BSN: What's the Big Deal?

    This is my main worry when pursuing my ADN. I'm worried that when I graduate which will be around 2020 or 2021, it will be harder to find a job. Seeing that majority of employers are now requiring BSN in order to land a job worries that my ADN degree will not be that beneficial when the year 2020 comes around. Of course my plan was to get my ADN and then do an online bridge program for my BSN but now according to the new guidelines, it seems this may be a pointless route to take. I'm halfway to 30 now and I want to get my career started but I'm at the point of not pursuing this nursing career anymore. Its more of a pain in the butt to just get into a program, graduate and then find a job. Not sure how anyone else feels but the wait game eventually just gets old.
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    TEAS exam failure

    Hello, After taking the TEAS exam I have been feeling pretty depleted lately. The first time taking it I winged it honestly. Never studied for it and just felt like I could pass it without studying honestly (bad choice). My first attempt I received a grade of 64%. For my second attempt I bought the ATI TEAS study manual along with the practice A & B tests. I took the practice tests and I was getting low 80's-high 80's on both. I was feeling pretty good honestly understanding the material and looking forward to testing again. Today was my second attempt and after completing it received a grade of 62%. I have finished all my prerequisites for the nursing program and the only thing holding me back is the TEAS exam. My overall GPA is a 3.5 with a competitive GPA of 3.1. My hope was to get an 80 or higher on the TEAS exam for a good outcome regarding the nursing application because the application points mainly come from the TEAS. Last I checked it makes up 60% of it. I have been doubting myself all day today after failing this exam twice. Doubting my abilities in regards to the nursing program and if this is a sign that I am just not cut out for nursing. I truly want to be a nurse but it seems like I can't pass this test no matter how much I study for it. The school I am applying for is West Georgia Technical college. Has anyone ever been in a similar situation to me? If so what advice do you have? What did you do for better study methods? Thank you for anyone who read this post.
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    LPN or RN Route?

    Hey! Thanks Annie, My biggest issue right now is the fact that my parents are planning on leaving Georgia within the year and I will be living on my own until I achieve my degree to move out of Georgia too and my biggest issue is trying to buy a vehicle because my previous vehicle ended up getting totaled and now I am kinda in a bad situation here. Don't get me wrong I would of definitely went straight into a BSN program if I could of but the issue is I would not be able to start working full-time for about 3-4 years which is not ideal for my situation. Thats why I was just trying to find a decent route to start working again and making some form of income. I am working part-time but of course not making enough to really live off right now. Everything you said I agree with but its just honestly hard for me right now to even get into a BSN program and wait 3-4 years to start making decent income again. I know this all sounds like a sob and pathetic story because it is but I thought I would just share a little on why the BSN route might not be the "ideal" fit for me just yet.
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    LPN or RN Route?

    Whats up everyone, As you can probably already tell this post is about the different routes taken to becoming an RN. MY ultimate goal is to become a registered nurse (RN) and to work as one for a few years to master those skills and patient contact before going back to school for my masters in Nurse Practitioner. The reason for the article post is in regards to would getting an LPN possibly be a quicker route to RN? Now I know this sounds dumb because people can just get an associates RN and then bridge over to there BSN later but for me in the state of Georgia I just finished all my pre-reqs for the RN programs but there are literally no schools taking applications right now until the spring semester of next year and for me that is a bit of a stretch to wait just to apply because right now I am working part time barley making enough money and really am looking to start my career. I understand that a LPN makes almost half of what an RN makes and I can deal with that for a couple years while working towards my RN but what I am nervous about is if this is the smarter route to take or if this could possibly be a longer route and a waste of time. I was also considering the LPN for the early experience by working under an RN as well. My last question is for anyone who has did the LPN-RN bridge program. Do these programs put you right into a BSN program or is it like earning your ADN? I really do appreciate any input from anyone on this subject. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and in advance I always appreciate any advice and insight from experience. Thank you!
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    Am I making a mistake?

    Hey JKL33, Thank you for replying to my thread and being so kind. I've always known I had a bit of hypochondria when it came to certain stuff but I thought I was passed it after becoming an EMT. My whole time in EMT school was easy and a breeze. Never once felt sick in class and in the field. If anything I was always the dude to first jump in whatever was needed to be done. I think I do have a fear of the unknown for sure but what I am mostly scared of is let's say constant drawing blood in nursing school. I can get a glucose test or stick a person with an IV no problem and I love it but for some reason the idea of using a tube to draw the blood out of the arm of a patient makes me feel queasy. This sucks honestly cause I know if this little crap bothers me then I won't make it and people will judge me (maybe). Like mentioned previously I can run cardiac arrests and all kinds of car wrecks with the blood ozzing out but I'm not sure if I can handle a test tube and seeing it being mixed around during the hemocrit test. I'm weird I know and pretty pathetic. I just honestly wanted to become a nurse practitioner working in the orthopedic field but it doesn't seem like I'll make it. People say if I can't handle this stuff then I might as well find a different career: sadly there are no other degrees that I can pursue that I see fit. I would of been a nutritionist but I heard that's not a good field to be in right now. I also wanted to be a physical therapist for sports but that requires a doctorate and I do not believe that is worth it honestly. Engineering degrees are way out of my league. I looked into biomedical engineering but that would put me back to square one honestly. I will look into the CBT.
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    Am I making a mistake?

    Hey Marisette, Firstly I just want to say thank you for replying to post =). You brought up generalized anxiety and honestly I really do not know for sure if I do or I do not have anxiety. Unfortunately I guess it would be wise to say that I do suffer from anxiety when it comes to developing heart disease. I have a fear of dying from a heart attack or developing CHF but thats really it. Other diseases like cancer or lung diseases do not fright me which is so weird. There is something within in me that really wants to pursue nursing but then at the same time due to i guess I may have health anxiety, pursing nursing would be a bad idea. The issue is then what path do I take from here? I want to be in the medical field and do something medically and fitness related but there is really nothing out there that pays somewhat decent and only requires a bachelors to at least start working. Its really depressing honestly. I do really appreciate your post though do not get me wrong. Thank you
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