Becoming a Nurse/Paramedic

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Paramedics and nurses have many similarities as well as many differences. Often in an ER setting paramedics and nurses must work together to accomplish things quicker since there are many patients to take care of. I will be discussing some of the differences of these two similar professions including how to become a RN and a paramedic, what is required in order to work in an ER, how orders are given, pay scale differences, and how paramedics and nurses interact with each other. An RN, or registered nurse, is a medical professional trained to provide health care to sick and injured patients. To become an RN in the state of Florida you must graduate from an accredited nursing program and pass the Florida state licensing exam. This program must be a state approved nursing program at any college or community college. A majority of Florida RNs hold an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), but an aspiring RN can graduate from a 4-year program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a graduate-level program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Nursing students are required to attend classroom lectures and gain clinical experience at hospitals, community health agencies or medical clinics. In order to become a paramedic in Florida, applicants must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old. The first step in becoming a paramedic is to become an EMT. Once you are an EMT you can apply to any state approved program to become a Paramedic. Be prepared to volunteer a lot. During your EMT and paramedic training you will be spending a lot of time in emergency rooms, and doing ride-alongs with the fire department, and other BLS companies. Once you have your certificate of completion from a state approved program you can register to take the state exam. Once you are a paramedic you can also transition in to becoming a RN if that is what you desire. Registered nurses in Florida are required to complete an approved program in nursing as well...
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