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  • Birthday 08/26/1987

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  1. I did my EMT-B in 5 weeks when I was 16 and I definitely still had a life through that course. Not sure how doing it over 4 months you couldn't have a life outside of class. Hell even in nursing school and my masters program I still have a family I spend time with, 15 month old toddler I run around with, gym membership I keep active, and work 40+ hours a week. If you can't find time for a life outside of EMS, then you will burn out and won't last. You also might want to read a book or figure out time management skills. To the OP: Congrats on starting this fun, amazing, and incredible rewarding career! Check in with us often if you have questions, there are decades of experience available to you on this site!
  2. I'm not in EMS anymore but I am an ER nurse with a 15 month old baby girl. It is tough to balance work and home life, especially when you have the ped's code that is the same age as your child. Make a list of your priorities and if you can shift some around for the length of the class, then go for it. If you can't make room in your top three priorities right now, then EMS may not be for you at this point in time. Once you're through the class there are all sorts of options available to you, EMT tech in an ER where you do three 12's a week, 24's on a rig, who knows. It depends on your area, but there are plenty of options available to you, even more so if you pursue a degree in EMS and get your paramedic. Hang in there and good luck
  3. Unfortunately with out much more to go on I'm not sure we could be of help. One gesture would be to buy pizza for the local ems/fire station one night in his honor. We often go without thanks in this line of work, and I know I would mean a lot to him to hear from you guys, but without more to go on, I'm not sure we can help :(. Glad all is well with your step-daughter.
  4. not old, but still here!!
  5. They have financial aid available according to their website, appears to be accredited, and you can get your associates there too!
  6. where?!?
  7. Then do both. I know several nurses who do both. I'm going to go back and get my paramedic back so I can do both again. I let it lapse after burning out and going through nursing school.
  8. Welcome I don't bite, but nurses have been known to eat their young in the wild...
  9. Hockey? Anyone? no no no... the only football team that counts is the Redskins
  10. True, I'm not talking about the extremes or rare cases here though. I'm talking about the 80 year old who's spouse woke up and found them not breathing. This would indicate they got pulses back though, correct? Therefore they would not be transporting a dead person.
  11. Welcome! It does sound like you have a full plate!
  12. It's hitting us super late here in Denver... poor guys!
  13. Welcome! I hated driving, despised it actually so I always attended and let my partner drive. Likely hated it because I had been in a pretty bad wreck as a passenger and just hated having that responsibility. My suggestion is to take your time when they put you through the course, ask questions, and if you don't feel ready--tell them that. Don't drive unless you feel 100% comfortable. It is a huge responsibility and it shouldn't be taken lightly.
  14. Not having any issues here Nice upgrade boss!
  15. As a former medic and current ER nurse, I can tell you that you can do both. I am actually about to start back with getting my EMT-B since I was silly and let everything lapse several years ago. I am going back to get my EMT and then my paramedic so that I can do flights. I've worked in the ER for a few years now and plan to transition to the ICU in a year or two. 1) I started in EMS because like all, I wanted to help people. I had a friend in high school who told me about becoming a junior member, and it sounded fun and cool. 12 years later, I'm still in emergency medicine. 2) I regret letting my certifications laps when I was younger. I moved to Colorado where EMT-I/99 wasn't really recognized and so I gave it all up for nursing. While I absolutely freaking love being a nurse, I miss EMS and being out in the field more. 3) If you continue and get your P, get your RN, the opportunities are endless. There are always jobs out there for either one, and especially for both. You could do flights, you could work in a trauma center, you could work in ground transport, you could do anything really. Good luck and like Mike said, keep getting the pre-req's for nursing while finishing your EMS stuff, you'll thank him for that advice at some point.