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    Hi. I am currently a second year nurse (almost in third) but throughout the course I have thought about switching to paramedic almost every week and documentaries on the television don't exactly help, as it looks exciting to do something different every day instead of working on the same ward day in and day out before being able to progress.
    Anyone got any advice?
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    (Original post by Mango65)
    Hi. I am currently a second year nurse (almost in third) but throughout the course I have thought about switching to paramedic almost every week and documentaries on the television don't exactly help, as it looks exciting to do something different every day instead of working on the same ward day in and day out before being able to progress.
    Anyone got any advice?
    This is something you would need to discuss with your personal tutor. It is quite a big decision to make near the end of your course and it may not be possible to transfer (i.e. you may need to start paramedic degree from year 1). It may well be that you would be better off completing this degree and then looking to retrain afterwards.*

    All wards are very different and it's possible that you would find a more specialised or more acute ward a bit more exciting. I would really urge you not to write off ward work altogether at this point. A lot of students claim they hate ward work and find it boring, however once you get to 3rd year and your management placement, you should be given your own patients and effectively be working as a staff nurse. Having responsibility for your own patients and managing their care gives you a completely different experience as you actually feel like a useful member of the team.*

    Progression-wise, there is no requirement that you must work in a ward, apart from certain specific roles. Newly-qualified nurses are taken on in almost every area of nursing, from acute assessment, to A&E, to ITU, to community nursing. If paramedic sciences is something that interests you, an acute assessment or A&E role may really suit you. Even an acute surgical ward may be a good option as there is a lot of variety and it's quite fast-paced. *
 
 
 
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