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Wed, 26 Jun 2002 00:35:40 -0400
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Russ, You are entering nursing at a perfect time. With the shortage of nurses and your EMT background, it shouldn't be difficult to find an ER willing to train you - be prepared - some ER's prefer one year of Med/Surg and to be perfectly honest, that one year would be beneficial for your level of experience. One year goes quickly. I can only speak from my own experience. I was a surgical tech working 40 hrs. when I went to nursing school so for me it worked out to get my associates and then immediately entered a bachelors program. If I were younger, I would definitely get a Masters' - it opens a lot of doors (i.e. the Trauma Coordinators at my hospital have to have a Masters' Degree). Hope this helps - when you love trauma nothing else works. Good luck and God Bless. Patti Owens Patricia J. Owens, RN,BSN Trauma Team Leader - MOR 6-8910 > -----Original Message----- > From: Russ Pasley [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] > Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 5:16 PM > To: email@example.com > Subject: Advice on nursing... > > Greetings, > > I have a quick question to shoot out at any trauma/emergency room nurses > that would be kind enough to take a moment to offer me some advice or > insight. > > I am about to pursue a career in nursing, more specifically working in > trauma. I have had experience in the past as an EMT with the National > Park > Service as a ranger. Working on certain incidents in Yellowstone made me > realize that I wanted to follow a career path in trauma nursing. I worked > well with my fellow colleagues (rangers, nurses, and doctor) , was > respected by them, and encouraged to pursue a career in emergency > medicine. > > > My question is how does one work their way into trauma? I do not want to > get into nursing to be a floor nurse in a hospital, work in a retirement > home, or in a doctor's office. Is there a danger of being "pigeon-holed" > early in your career? Right now I am starting to volunteer in the ER at > San Francisco General. This is the main trauma center for this side of > the > bay. My plan is to reinstate my EMT and to then work my way into a tech > position in the ER if possible. This way while I am in school the ER staff > will get to know me, my character, and my abilities. Does this sound like > a good plan? > > The only other question is that of an Associate's degree vs a Bachelor's > degree. Both qualify you to sit for the state exam for an RN. For the AA > I have my prerequisite classes done, can get into a program now, and be > done in 4 semesters. Pursuing the BS will take quite a bit longer. I'm > 40 > and want to start things happening right now! I guess what I am asking is > will the AA hinder my goals as opposed to getting the BS? > > Again, I would be very appreciative to any of you out there who could take > a bit of time out of your busy lives to offer me some advice. > > Thanks much and peace to you, > > Russ Pasley > > > > > > > > -- > trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG > To change your settings or unsubscribe visit: > http://www.trauma.org/traumalist.html