Which is your true passion? EMS or Nursing?

How would you rate your experience in nursing?

If you started in EMS, would you go into nursing again?

Here's a link to an article I had published on JEMS a couple years ago.
http://www.jems.com/news_and_articles/articles/The_View_from_the_Ot...

Views: 120

Replies to This Discussion

My true passion is EMS, however my occupation is Nursing. Nursing gives me the opportunity to advance where EMS was kinda a dead end.

Nursing has been good to me.

If I ever had the opportunity to start over I would have been an Emergency Medicine Physician.
Both! I personally returned back to EMS a few years ago and left nursing full time. Although I see some similarities I believe too many feel that they are the same; in which they are NOT. Nothing in the focus of care, educational method of teaching or philosophies. Ironically, no one usually compares Respiratory Therapy and EMS alike the same as nursing and EMS. That is why I think of them as two separate jobs and professions.

R/r 911
true passion? EMS. i hate being a nurse.

i've had fantastic experience in nursing. i've learned a ton of useful information. i've done ICU, cardiovascular surgical ICU, and ED nursing...all very applicable to my current job.

would i go into nursing again? tough question. if i knew then what i know now...NO. i'd go straight into paramedic school after prep school (instead of farting around with college, addiction counseling, and graphic design for a few years) then i'd get a firefighter medic job somewhere WARMER THAN PENNSYLVANIA.

i love my job now. i'm fortunate.
Since I was been transferred and working in the EMS way back 1992, I fall inlove with the service...but being an emergency room nurse for 2 years helps me alot in having my confidence, knowledge and skills that I need to work smoothly jn the EMS. If I started in the EMS would I go into nursing again...?well I guess, I better stick my self to EMS...This is my world...and my passion...money is not everything....!
I am a NREMT-P and RN who is no longer able to work due to a progressive neurological disease, but my passion was, is and always will be EMS. That said, if I had it to do over again after 17 years in EMS and just a couple in nursing, I would go into nursing earlier simply for the PAY. I flew (HEMS) my last few years working and, even though I was an RN (I didn't have the mandatory 3-5 years as an RN to qulaify me to fly as a "nurse") my job title was "flight PARAMEDIC". I did the EXACT same things as the RN (in fact I precepted my RN flight partner), we were equally responsible for all patient-care decisions and were identically trained. My pay was roughly $20k a year less. Now, I'm living on Social Security Disability and long-term disability (a sham...down't get me started!) and my total montly income is 115% of the federal poverty level. All my retirement money got used up when I went back to college in 1999.

I enjoyed nursing (because I basically DID it) on the helicopter, and I loved working at a level I trauma center E.D. When I first got out of high school I STARTED as a nursing major (but didn't finish and ultimately went into EMS). Back then, I thought of nurses AT BEST as "Dixie McCall" and at worst as a semi-brainless servant for doctors. I was wrong.

EMS and nursing can dove-tail beautifully and IMHO, the BEST E.D. nurses were the ones who were also medics.

I miss it ALL!
I agree with Michael Scholtis, if I had it to do all over again I would be an Emergency Medicine Physician.

Claudia Whelchel Burrows said:
I am a NREMT-P and RN who is no longer able to work due to a progressive neurological disease, but my passion was, is and always will be EMS. That said, if I had it to do over again after 17 years in EMS and just a couple in nursing, I would go into nursing earlier simply for the PAY. I flew (HEMS) my last few years working and, even though I was an RN (I didn't have the mandatory 3-5 years as an RN to qulaify me to fly as a "nurse") my job title was "flight PARAMEDIC". I did the EXACT same things as the RN (in fact I precepted my RN flight partner), we were equally responsible for all patient-care decisions and were identically trained. My pay was roughly $20k a year less. Now, I'm living on Social Security Disability and long-term disability (a sham...down't get me started!) and my total montly income is 115% of the federal poverty level. All my retirement money got used up when I went back to college in 1999.

I enjoyed nursing (because I basically DID it) on the helicopter, and I loved working at a level I trauma center E.D. When I first got out of high school I STARTED as a nursing major (but didn't finish and ultimately went into EMS). Back then, I thought of nurses AT BEST as "Dixie McCall" and at worst as a semi-brainless servant for doctors. I was wrong.

EMS and nursing can dove-tail beautifully and IMHO, the BEST E.D. nurses were the ones who were also medics.

I miss it ALL!
Which is your true passion? EMS or Nursing?
-->My true passion is to bring emergency nursing care and (hospital) medical care to the patients at home and in the streets

How would you rate your experience in nursing?
--> good, did the RN education programm worked a a RN for 3 years and followed ICU nursing training and later on I did Nursing Education.

If you started in EMS, would you go into nursing again?
--> yes, thats the only way in the Netherlands to become a ambulance nurse, the EMS system is a nurse based system.
Only nurses with ICU, or Cardiac Care or ER or Anesthesia care training can apply for the national training programm to become a Registered Ambulance Nurse. Eacht amblanceteam consists of 1 reg ambu nurse and 1 assistant/driver. The assistant/drive is the one who assists the RAN, drives the ambulance and is trained to assist teh RAN in all situations.

Am going gain to College in 2009 to follow the Master Advanced Nursing Practice study and to specialize as Emergency Nursing Practitioner.
Full time was very hard on my family. It was hard on me. I find it difficult to drive anywhere in my community without "movies/memories" of calls worked coming through the windshield. So many intersections, curves in the roads hold memories. I, like most of you have my own "cemetaries" of crosses left on the side of the road, everywhere, some visible, some left in my mind forever. Dead in ER room 3 seems easier to take than DOS 3 blocks from my house. Dead at 17 in a rollover looks a little worse on scene than it does on the 6:00 news.

My first wife didn't understand why i came home stressed, angry and anxious. I began to minimize every patient symptom, if you weren't about code than you weren't "that bad off". The slaughter on the highways, the suicides and massive drug abuse and constant assaults added on to adminstrative crap put me through at least 3 burn-outs over 20 years. I was so sick of child neglect and elders living in poverty and neglect in "nursing homes". (what an oxymoron)

Thank god for nursing. I feel like my heart and mind were rescued and revitalized. I do my paramedic stuff from the fire truck 1-2 days a week now. ER nurse full time. My mind and heart needed a break, I never knew it.

In retrospect I think that somehow medics feel like they are constant trying to make up for the dead we can't save: we maybe think we'll run a few more calls to make up for the losses, to even the score up somehow. As a nurse I feel less burdened by those we can't save, I share resposibility instead of carrying it all.

Trauma and all that crap made me a cynical, cold, judgemental and a difficult person that i was not proud of. I am glad to be away from it all as a full time job.

Regrets? thats another topic- we all have our "secret sins"

later-- steve
I loved being a paramedic. I enjoyed the ability to care for people in the prehospital setting. I just was definately ready for a break. I could not look at another dead child, or tell another wife that her husband of 60 years died while she was asleep. I needed a time out. Nursing still cares for people at different levels, but I do find it less stressful. It is certainly more economical. I always had a good support system for the stress being married to a paramedic, but I also don't feel so much loss because I still get to hear the stories, and help him get rid of the stress. Am I planning on being active again? Yes. After I finish school and the kids are a little older I will. I feel I take the kid calls very seriously now that I have kids, when before I could seperate myself easily from the stress of that. I guess I have some burnout... I love nursing though. It still makes me feel needed and I work in a department where we use protocols, and have standing med choices, and are allowed to make interventions without having to call a doctor to hold our hand- I think that makes it an easier transition than working in something like Med/Surg where you have to ask if your patient may have Tylenol for a fever.
I feel almost exactly the same way that Michael does. My true passion is EMS, however my occupation is Nursing. I had pretty much advanced as far as I could go in EMS. I started out with a volunteer EMS service and I've worked for 911 services, transport services, the United States government and eventually wound up as an Operations Manager for a rather large service in Alabama.
I chose to go to nursing because I wanted to have a more stable career and make a little more money. Nursing has been very good to me, but I still miss riding the truck.

RSS

Follow JEMS

Share This Page Now
Add Friends

JEMS Connect is the social and professional network for emergency medical services, EMS, paramedics, EMT, rescue squad, BLS, ALS and more.

© 2017   Created by JEMS Web Chief.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service