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  1. Welcome.
  2. It might. As mentioned you'll need to contact the State to see if there are any state restrictions that may be in effect. You'll also need to talk to any potential employer. Your trouble will more likely come from the employer's insurance carrier than it will from the State level. If the employer's insurance carrier says no you're out of luck. You may want to hire a lawyer and see if there are legal means to have it removed.
  3. Maybe it needs it's own thread...
  4. The US presidential election or Brexit will get you both.
  5. Hi guys. How's things? Where've you been?
  6. Welcome. While I can't help with your questions there is at least on person familiar with your area who occasionally posts and may be able to help.
  7. You never know until you look. Apply for any scholarship or grant you find. Make them tell you "no" instead of you telling yourself "no". As an aside, those aren't really great reasons to pursue nursing. If you're pursuing nursing because you really *WANT* to be a nurse then do it. If you're doing it because "it'd be something good to fall back on" then please consider something else. That's a *horrible* reason to be a nurse. And that attitude will show through when you actually work as a nurse. This could potentially be a great option for you. It's an accredited program. Tuition for the fall is $106 per credit hour. It looks like they have an installment plan to pay your tuition. It awards a degree upon successful completion of the program. You could probably get some student loan help if you really needed it. To be fair, I know nothing of the school or the program itself. But it certainly can't hurt to research things.
  8. There has to be better options for you to finance school. How about scholarships? Grants? Hell, even moving temporarily to find an affordable school could be cheaper than $11k for EMT and paramedic. Or you could go to nursing school first and self finance paramedic school after you're out, working and earning a salary.
  9. There are many people out there that do, in fact, do both. There is nothing limiting you from obtaining credentials in both professions. Mike, good to know about the hospital at which you worked. All the hospitals with which I'm familiar would only allow IV/phlebot and moving patients around on day or night shift.
  10. Pretty much this. Working in an ER as a paramedic will see you doing a lot of tech work. You won't be doing some of the things you could do on the street like managing airways and the like. I don't know of any hospitals that hire paramedics to work up on the floor. Paramedic training just isn't suited for that type of environment. As Kat noted there are remote/industrial paramedic positions available out there. These can be oil fields, construction sites or other industrial/manufacturing type facilities. There's a guy who used to post here regularly named DwayneEMTP who was doing industrial medic work in Papau New Guinea for a while. He did some write ups about his experiences here. If you're looking for hospital work then there are other jobs and education to consider as Doc outlined above. And those are just a few to consider. Respiratory therapist, rad tech, ultrasound tech are others to consider as well.
  11. Bah! A little augmentin and a rabies shot and you'll be fine. Welcome.
  12. Welcome. Your occupation is listed as "student". Of what are you a student?
  13. There have been several discussions on this topic in the past. Try a search and see what you come up with. If you're still having a hard time finding info let us know and we can work on rehashing some of the highlights.
  14. You have to pay to attend fire school? Are you guaranteed a job upon successful completion of the training? I knew places in Florida required people to pay their way through fire school without guarantee of a job. However, Florida is a bit of a mess in more ways than one.
  15. Hi JT, Welcome to the City. Is it worth it? That's a good question. The jobs are, indeed, hard to get. If a FD job as an EMS provider is your best bet locally for a stable, well paying job then you should probably go for it. If your local department is anything like departments commonly discussed here and with which many of us have experience you probably won't have much trouble getting plenty of ambulance time. Should you stick with EMS? That depends on you and what you want to do. If you want to be an EMS provider you can make it happen. If the FD is the best option for an EMS job in your area then you should at least go for it. The worst they can tell you is that they don't want you as a FF. The best they can tell you is they want you on the ambulance so all the other guys who really don't want anything to do with EMS can be on the engine. There is plenty of discussion here about fire based EMS. If you're looking for some light reading take a look through the forums.