As many of you know I am an EMS educator. I am the Academic Program Director for a 2-year Technical College in the Upstate of South Carolina. This year is my 27th of EMS. In the last several months I’ve done some serious soul searching. I’ve recognized the writing on the wall and it’s time to move on. I’m starting to feel the effects of 20+ years of EMS both mentally, physically and financially. So, I applied and was accepted to nursing school via a paramedic to RN bridge program.
I’ve witnessed several of my former students be successful so, I’m taking the plunge. Starting in May with a Fundamentals of Nursing class which everyone tells me is a course on how to properly wash my hands. Anyway, I wanted to get an idea of what I could really expect from my nursing classes and what it will really be like once I graduate. I sat down with one of our local nurses from the ED to get my questions answered. Chelise is what we as paramedics call “Jam Up.” She’s an ED nurse with an ICU background. She’s seen a lot, knows a lot and she handles business in a busy trauma center and has been on a few EMS ride-a-longs and I consider her an expert plus I knew she wouldn’t tell my dirty secret until I posted this episode and of course made it “Facebook Official.”
So, sit back and listen as I get my all nursing questions answered. I hope I don’t lose too many friends and followers over this but it’s just time.
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