Paramedic - RN

A place for Paramedics who are RN's or anyone interested in the merging of the two worlds.

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flight rn - np? 5 Replies

Last reply by Kathy Robinson Jan 3, 2010.

Staying on the truck after you get your nursing liscence 5 Replies

Last reply by Karen Clark-Bond Sep 15, 2009.

What's your passion? 10 Replies

Last reply by Sean Barnes May 12, 2009.

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Comment by geoff on November 30, 2009 at 11:34pm
I just stumbled upon this group after talking to our EMS educator about Paramedic to RN. Anybody have any more info on the southern california programs? Anything official on challenging LVN to speed up the RN program?
Comment by medicmonkey on November 13, 2009 at 8:27pm
hi all.
I've been a paramedic for almost 7 years, and an RN for 4 years now. I love both. But, well...umm... where does one go from here?
Comment by Gary Grosman on November 7, 2009 at 4:11pm
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Comment by Kenny Knight on November 7, 2009 at 3:58pm
Looks like California is starting to approve Paramedic to RN programs. I was told there are 4 in California so far. 3 in southern California (Santa Clarita south) and one in Fresno. The one in Fresno is 2 years. I can't figure out why anyone would do that when the regular RN program is also 2 years. The others are 15 or 16 months.

I talked to the people at Bakersfield College and they told me they were planning a program similar to the LVN to RN program except the paramedics would probably have to take OB/GYN and Pediatrics nursing classes making theirs a roughly 15 month program.

I was at a job fair recently and someone from the state Department of Corrections told me I could challenge the LVN exam. If I do that successfully I can then just move into the LVN to RN program as long as all the RN program pre-req's are completed.
Comment by Kindra on October 8, 2009 at 9:04pm
I am currently in both paramedic school and nursing school. It has taken up all my free time, but I want both. I am all about working in emergency medicine after I graduate and I figured having my paramedic license would help.
Comment by Kenny Knight on September 29, 2009 at 4:07pm
My biggest point here is even if the program you went to or are planning is nationally accredited, whether Paramedic to RN or straight RN, if California doesn't like something about the program they can refuse licensure. It doesn't matter how long you have been an RN. You can be one class off even if it is something as stupid on which Ethics class you took and they will refuse licensure. I ask them if I could go back and take the class in California and they said no it has to be part of the original training.

A comment was made about Paramedic to RN programs in other states, "They will never get licensed in California." I find that interesting espcially after reading this:

A 15 month program at a college in Santa Clarita would be outstanding. Ironically if you can get into the PA program at Stanford University they have a 15 month program. Which pays more?
Comment by Karen Clark-Bond on September 15, 2009 at 10:37pm
Karen Clark Bond from Wyoming. I'm a full time ED nurse and a part time ambulance medic. We are starting Critical Care Transport soo so maybe I'll get to merge both worlds.
Comment by Kathy Robinson on August 17, 2009 at 9:32am
CA (and several other states) has a requirement that you have to graduate from an accredited nursing program (that means NLN or AACN) and you have to have a prescribed number of supervised clinical hours to be able to sit for their licensure exam. If you didn't check that out before choosing a nursing program, don't go blaming the state!!
Comment by Kenny Knight on August 16, 2009 at 4:23am
They seem to have turned their noses up at Paramedics that want to be RNs.
Comment by Nathan Jennings on August 16, 2009 at 1:46am
Kenny, I have heard some scuttlebutt about CA being very picky regarding the educational requirements for RN reciprocity in their state. This is by no means factual as I have not seen it in print, but it is my understanding that CA requires at least an ASN for reciprocity and not a certificate program. I do not know if what they would say if your transition program was an ASN program as well.

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