EMS is being left behind, whether you like it or not. We’re too busy bitching about how hard it is to complete a 120 hour basic first aid course and a meager amount of CE every two years, but we want to be paid $15+/hour as a simple, entry-level EMT. That amount of training equates to only THREE WEEKS OF FULL TIME WORK. You can be replaced easily.
A nurse takes years to create. At least a Paramedic takes 1 to 2 years to create. This right here is why RN’s and BSN’s are paid $30 to $60+/hour. It’s high time for us to put up, or shut up.
“If you stop and think about it, the RN is usually the least educated discipline on a multidisciplinary team. PTs, OTs, ST, Pharm Ds and social workers all are required to have bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees.”