Paramedic - RN

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Comment by Ron Webb on November 17, 2012 at 12:07pm

I've been a working full-time as a critical care transport RN for 7.5 years for AMR, but I've been an RN for 16 years. For RNs, the company required that before we start, we have a minimum of 2 years of either ER or ICU experience; I personally think it should be a minimum of 2 years of ER *AND* 2 years of ICU... both of which would have been valid for me at the time of being hired. For an easy 90+% of the time, most nurses would have no problem with most calls, but there are those few where pulling in experiences of your past helps. ER experience helps in being a quick decision maker and being in charge. ICU experience helps in knowing just how much to titrate medications properly, so you aren't figuratively standing on the accelerator and then standing on the brake. Having experience in both tempers you to "feel" how quick or slow to react and how aggressive or passive to treat an issue.

In certain areas, our company provided CCT-Paramedics. Through our educational arm, NCTI, there was a CCT-Paramedic course that went over ventilators, IV pumps and refining patient assessments to be more systematic. I don't recall exactly how much experience one needed to have as a paramedic before considered for the CCT-P program.  

Comment by Valerie P on November 17, 2012 at 10:08am

Hello everyone,

My agency is looking to expand our services to include a critical care transport team- transporting critical patients, patients on vents, critical drips, high risk, etc. A few members are active paramedics/RN's and would be willing to be involved in advanced training and protocols, etc. I just have no idea where to start. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate them. Thank you in advance!


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Comment by Roman Simon on August 10, 2011 at 2:21pm

With all due respect, I am a nursing bridge graduate. I also hold AAS in both Nursing and Paramedicine. I will admit that it did take a little bit of relearning to get the grasp of the "nursing process" however i do not feel that everyone needs to take the full program to learn this. If this is the route that you are looking at taking you have to be honest with yourself about how willing you are to put in the extra work required to learn the process. The program i was completed did not cut any slack and we were actually held to a higher standard than the "traditional" nursing students. We were also routinely called upon to assist with teaching the traditional students advanced assessment skills as well as difficult IV placement ect. where the paramedic expertise is commonly beyond that of the floor nurse. The Bridge should not be looked at as a "shortcut" at least that is not how my class was treated. I say this only after assisting my Brother and Ex Wife with their traditional nursing programs.

   Ron, I have also seen the "shortcut" RN's your right they do give the bridge a bad name however they did the absolute minimum to get through. In fact two of my classmates had the "shortcut" mentality and well one still is not licensed after 18 months following graduation and the other tested three times and attended at least 2 review sessions before finally getting through the NCLEX. If you are willing to sit down shut up and do the work with out argument and fighting the system and lose the " as a medic" or " Paramedics do this..." attitude then i think the bridge is fine and will create an incredible blending of the two philosophies. 

There is nothing wrong with the bridge programs, only the attitudes that some medics have going in to them that are the problem. neither nursing or Para-medicine is superior to the other. We are equals working from different ends of the spectrum for the same result.

I have 7yrs experience as a medic. Both parents, one brother and a grandmother were and are all nurses. I am the black sheep.

Comment by Jonathan Murphy on August 5, 2011 at 3:24pm
Hello all, I hold AAS Degree's in Nursing & Paramedical.  I went strait from Paramedic School to Nursing School and ended up missing my opportunity to test for paramedic.  So I am an EMT-B & a Registered Nurse.  I did not do a bridge program.  I agree with the previous post, it really does behoove one to go through the entire curriculum of nursing school to learn the nursing process.
Comment by Ron Webb on February 25, 2011 at 4:40pm
I've seen too many times paramedics thinking that they can take a short-cut into becoming an RN. Unfortunately, the philosophy of para-medicine is is different than nursing. Many of the tasks of a paramedic are the same as that of an RN, but the thought process behind the tasks are different. A paramedic will have an easier time in traditional nursing school than their counterparts that have not been paramedics, but they will learn a new mindset needed in nursing. I welcome any paramedic to become an RN, but please do it the proper way, not taking short-cuts. I've seen the results of people taking short-cuts into nursing and it isn't pretty; frequently short-sighted, have an attitude of superiority and not as good as they think they are.
Comment by MIke Adams on September 23, 2010 at 1:12am
Hi everyone I am an old parramedic who got tired of the grind and completed a paramedic to RN bridge through Maricopa Community Colleges in Phoenix. Have to say I do like being an ER Nurse better but still miss the field at times. For those looking to do this I would recommend it highly. One word of caution the Nursing world does not understand nor does it care about what you do as a paramedic. Sad but true your better off just acting a little dumb and let them teach you what you all ready know. The profession needs to start better educating the Nursing world what it is like to be a medic.
Comment by centerline on July 13, 2010 at 1:54pm
I forgot to say that rogers state University in Claremore Oklahoma offers a bridge from paramedic with associates degree to RN -2 semesters
Comment by centerline on July 13, 2010 at 1:51pm
Hi All I just received my AAS /Paramedic and am going to start the bridge in the fall to RN. I am 52 years old and have only been working as a medic for a couple of years.
Comment by aLLaN on June 22, 2010 at 1:43am
RN by profession...working as a flight nurse/paramedic....

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