Paramedic to RN Bridge Programs

My Degree and What It’s Good For

Working as a paramedic can be a fast-paced and stressful job when working in emergency situations. If you are interested in continuing to work in the medical field but would prefer a different work environment, a paramedic to RN bridge program could be a great choice for you. In as little as 18 months, you can earn your associate’s degree and be prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in order to become a certified registered nurse (RN). This certification will enable you to work as a nurse in a variety of settings. Continuing your education to become an RN increases not only your career opportunities, but your earning potential as well. And with the flexibility of online degree programs, you can work toward your degree while still maintaining your current career.

Registered nurses are responsible for both coordinating and providing patient care, as well as educating their patients and their community about health conditions. They also provide emotional support to patients and families, as well as offer advice on maintaining good health. As an RN, you have the opportunity to work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Home healthcare
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • The military
  • Correctional facilities

My Earning Potential

Your salary can depend on many factors, such as education level, location, experience, type of facility, and more. Earning your degree and RN licensure is a great step toward making more money and furthering your career in the medical field. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary for an RN was $69,110 in 2011, which increased by .3 percent from the previous year.

Location plays a big role in this field. Not only the state in which you work, but also the type of area where you are employed is a determining factor in your salary level.<.p>

The states with the highest employment level for RNs are listed below, along with their average annual salary from 2011:

  1. California: $90,860
  2. Texas: $67,580
  3. New York: $75,370
  4. Florida: $64,020
  5. Pennsylvania: $67,140

The top paying states for RNs are listed below, along with their average annual salary from 2011:

  1. California: $90,860
  2. Massachusetts: $86,810
  3. Hawaii: $83,950
  4. Alaska: $82,080
  5. Nevada: $77,840

Other Nursing Bridge Programs

Featured Program

The College Network -- Paramedics can earn RN licensure in as little as 18 months through this AS in nursing program (paramedic to RN) from The College Network. No campus attendance is required, and the program is structured to accommodate the busy schedules of EMT and fire service professionals. The College Network also offers an EMT to BS in EMS Management degree for emergency medical technicians looking to advance their careers into emergency medical services management.

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