Eight Basic Skills Shared with Nursing Profession

When employers are looking for the best possible candidates to join their team there are eight basic skills that come into play. Most employees will have at least 5-6 of these skills. In professions such as nursing, Paramedics and EMTs, teachers, and therapists such as PTs, OTs and Recreational Therapists, these professionals usually possess all 8 of these skills.

The 8 skills are:
• Problem Solving
• Team Player
• Taking Initiative
• Physical Stamina
• Manual Dexterity
• Leadership and ability to persuade others
• Desire to help instruct or teach others
• Networking skills/making public contacts

The fact that most Paramedics possess all 8 of these skills, makes the pathway to becoming a nurse a natural order of progression. Other factors that make the transition a natural one include the work environment being fast paced and adrenaline rushing. Paramedics most often transition to the fields of nursing where these factors apply such as ER/Trauma, ICU and other high tech step down units where these skills are put to use every day.

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The Scope of Practice is Different for RNs

In transitioning from one health care provider role to another it is vital to understand the differences in the Scope of Practice for each role. The scope of practice is defined asa description of the specific actions, procedures, and processes that a healthcare practitioner is permitted to undertake in keeping with the terms of their specific professional license. It is based on the level of training and education required for licensure.

The scope of practice is built on the knowledge base and level of skills, education and training required by that licensure. For the paramedic making the transition to Registered Nurse there will be some overlap in the scope of practice from one field to another.  And there will be some actions, procedures and processes that will not be part of the scope of practice for RNs. It is important to recognize this issue and to be acutely aware of the differences. The paramedic who has advanced to an RN is now held to the RN scope of practice and could be disciplined and/or held liable for a violation of the scope s/he is now working under.

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What’s the 2017 Job Outllook for Nursing?

Healthcare in the U.S under the Trump administration is facing some major turmoil and upheaval. One thing remains constant however, nurses are, and will continue to be in demand.

In recent years there has been an increase in new nurses, and in some areas of the country new grads actually faced a hiring crisis due to education and experience requirements causing a stir that perhaps there isn’t a shortage of nurses.  Those with a BSN had an easier time finding jobs. If they didn’t have the degree, health care experience counted for a lot with employers. Those who had experience in the medical field such as paramedics, EMTs, nursing aides, and vocational or practical nurses more easily found jobs as new grad RNs. Those with both, had even greater success.

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Is it Too Late to Start a Nursing Program?

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Switching careers later in life can be intimidating, but the great news is that you’re not alone. There are always a variety of students in nursing and nursing bridge programs, ranging from fresh out of high school, to people in their 60’s on up! Age truly is a state of mind, and there are several advantages to having a few more years on your side.

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20 Helpful Tips When Transitioning from Paramedic to RN

A paramedic who wants to begin a career as a registered nurse (RN) can enroll in a paramedic-to-RN program, which includes bridge programs that allow students to take the the NCLEX-RN upon program completion. Becoming a RN can lead to a significant salary boost, since RNs can earn up to twice as much as a paramedic or an EMT. The following are 20 helpful tips to for you to use when transitioning from a paramedic to RN. This list includes information that you will need when enrolling in a program, classes you may want to brush up on (from online OpenCourseWare programs), and sites that will help you study for your NCLEX-RN.

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20 Surprising Facts About Emergency Rooms

In the healthcare reform debate, emergency rooms have received a lot of discussion. In fact, one of the healthcare reform goals was to reduce the number of visits to emergency rooms by providing healthcare coverage that covers doctor visits. This allows patients to have access to better preventive care.

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Top 50 Blogs by Paramedics

Paramedics, when they blog about their jobs, can be a realistic lot…but they also may dole out humor, sarcasm and/or satire when writing about their daily routine as emergency medics. Other paramedic blogs talk about their career paths and still others write about how to stay safe and fit. In all cases, these top 50 blogs written by paramedics show a real passion for a career that is dangerous, courageous and heroic.

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17 Interesting Paramedics Worth a Follow on Twitter

The field of paramedics is one that is growing and that is quite interesting. The actual duties of a paramedic and the training required differs by country. In the US, there are four levels of emergency pre hospital care, as defined by the US Department of Transportation, which is responsible for regulating emergency care education on a federal level. These levels include medical first responders, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, the most advanced of the four levels. Paramedics working under the direction of emergency medical control physicians provide the most advanced level of emergency medical care available to the general public outside of a hospital setting. This level of emergency qualification requires special training, and typically an internship, as well.

Paramedics thrive on the adrenaline rush that comes from having to get to an emergency quickly and from saving a life.They often form a strong bond with the people they work with, likely because of the stress they endure together and the heart wrenching scenes they sometimes witness. A big part of surviving the emotional stress of being a paramedic is having the support of others in your field, because they understand exactly what you’re going through. If you’re new to the paramedic field, you might really enjoy keeping up with others who share your passion for lifesaving. This kind of connection can really be valuable, even if you don’t actually meet some of these paramedics in person. Some are very experienced in their field, while others are tweeting about their experiences learning their new job in the classroom and in the ambulance. Here are 19 paramedics on Twitter we think you’ll want to follow.

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