I have just been offered a place at VIC Uni for bachelor of nursing and bachelor of health science paramedics.
Now I need to make the tough decision of which one to accept. I want to be a paramedic, but I realise that paramedic jobs are hard to come by. I was thinking of doing nursing then paramedics if it was only an extra year. I have called and emailed the Uni and I'm waiting on replies but thought I'd ask here for advice
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04-12-2015 11:38 #1
Is anyone a PARAMEDIC?? 💉 or a NURSE?
04-12-2015 12:40 #2
Yep that. My sister is last year paramedic and there is nothing. Do the nursing and add on paramedic. Good luck
04-12-2015 18:46 #3
Thankyou for your reply I just want to make the right decision, turning down paramedics is hard 😬
04-12-2015 21:22 #4
Then try your luck. If not tack on nursing at the end of paramedic ??
05-12-2015 08:17 #5
I'm a RN if it was my decision I would do straight nursing then do the extra year paramedics after if that's what you still want to do. Nursing is so flexible with so many different specialties there's a spot for pretty much everyone. Once you get on placements and see different things you may not want to be an ambo. I know as an ED nurse there's flexibility to work part time and different areas. There's plenty of jobs and best of all I work in a controlled environment with air con and security guards. I admire the work of paramedics people under estimate how difficult there jobs and conditions really are.
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05-12-2015 08:23 #6
05-12-2015 08:52 #7
I'm pregnant with my first, and I've just finished my first year of RN at uni. I actually don't even want to be an RN I want to be a midwife; I'm going to do the 18 month graduate diploma in midwifery after completing my RN. Will give me much better employability and not much longer time in the scheme of things.
05-12-2015 10:00 #8Senior Member
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OP I teach in this field. At my Uni paramedic is not simply tacking an extra year onto nursing. It would be a competitive application once you graduate then gaining credit for similar topics. At my Uni they now require all paramedic students to complete a 3 year sequence even if you get credit for topics so there is no way to shorten the time. But that's just my Uni.
I get a lot of students wanting to get into paramedics as it's highly sought after. It depends which state you're in and whether you're willing to travel as to job prospects. Keep in mind the Uni's are graduating a lot of paramedics these days so by the time you finish there will be a lot of qualified unemployed paramedic graduates out there. The hard thing with that is they're not qualified to do anything else.
I tell students to follow their dream. If being a paramedic is your dream and nothing else would come close then you must follow that and make the best of it. If you're not sure then I advise students nursing is a great portable career in demand. If you're interested in fast paced acute work then work your way into emergency/critical care nursing. I see a lot of burnout in paramedics, it is generally not a career with a lot of longevity beyond about 10 years (exceptions of course but a lot do leave the profession as it is so physically and mentally intense). Nursing has so many career pathways to follow.
Some food for thought for you!
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05-12-2015 11:39 #9Senior Member
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To the OP- unless it would just break your heart to turn down the paramedic course, I would do your nursing first and do paramedics as the add-on. Most of my nurse friends, myself included, had strong ideas about what we wanted to do at the start of the course and have ended up in a completely different field of nursing but love it. You might find your niche in nursing, if not you have still made great gains towards your paramedic degree!
05-12-2015 11:43 #10
I'm an RN. I used to work in ED. A fair few of the paramedics were also RN's. They would pick up agency work/casual shifts as RN's here and there. We also had quite a few nurses (interestingly mostly male) who started nursing to get into paramedics but then went on to do crit care postgrad who are now senior ED RN's. I feel like with the job market how it is right now in Victoria, it's a good idea to have a backup. But then getting a grad position as an RN is pretty hard these days too. I'd have a chat with your uni and see what they think. Do they do the double degree at VU?
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