Ah. Im on a 48/96. 2 days on 4 off Ff/medic schedule.Tomorrow is my final...then NCLEX.
I worked 2 sometimes 3 jobs during school.
We had lecture for a few hours a day, twice a week (M&W freshman year, Tues/Thurs senior year). And then we had 12 hour clinical one day a week, every week for entire two years, only exception was our mental health rotation which was 2 six hour days on Thurs and Fri for 6 weeks.
It was very easy to fit work in and around this schedule.
I got to finish my pre reqs. My view on nursing school is I want the knowledge to make me a even better paramedic.Get to shift trading...
Also, attendance for lectures in my program was not mandatory. Only clinicals were. So I did miss many lectures throughout the 2 years, however I networked with classmates and found several who recorded every single lecture and they did not mind emailing to me after class.
So more medical knowledge, being sharper on disease processes, starting IVs constantly in clinicals-wont make you better paramedic?Majority of pre-reqs can be done online these days...and with 48 hours (assuming low call volume with that schedule), you have plenty of time to study and complete them. And nursing school is not in any way going to make you a better paramedic.
Ivs are easy. Its just some people are harder sticks-paramedics put too much emphasis on lines, anyone can put em in. More medical knowledge and actually working in hospital in ER, just will make you better no doubt. Your seeing an actual diagnosis and just learning more.Many nurse programs do NOT even do IV training. I did THREE IVs during my clinicals. I would hope if you are a paramedic, you already have solid knowledge base. As an experienced paramedic having just completed nursing school, there was no additional medical knowledge. If you take AnP I and II, Micro and a Pharm course (which is part of your pre-reqs for most programs) you will become a far better provider. And quite frankly, this should be the required education to become a paramedic. Sharper on disease processes...again if you have solid core in those pre-reqs, you are already there.
Additionally, the mindsets and training/education philisophy differences between Paramedicine and Nursing are significantly different.