Medic475 Registered User
#16

BoonDoc said:
Yeah, that is a pipe dream. Sure there are companies who may offer that but it comes down to money. Why pay to train an EMT when there are out of work paramedic willing to take the job?

corkemt, you have options mate.
The first thing to realise is that a good starting wage for US paramedics is about $18 per hour. You are not going to get rich or buy a house with that income. The top end for firefighter paramedics is about $70k which is still less than APs get here with far less than the 20 years of experience to get that $70k in the US.

You don't have to work in the mines. There are plenty of jobs on oil rigs, expeditions, security, maritime transit and in the Middle East. A mate of mine just got a job on Abu Dabi for €106k per year with a flat and his family. Oh, and that is tax free.

You asked about AREMT. That is a qualification that can get you work and is asked for in the energy and security industry. You can get that through the Wexford guys here in Ireland and the UK guys who go to Guatemala.

I would highly suggest that you look at the US paramedic. You can do that here in Ireland as well. There are now a few companies who offer the NREMT Paramedic in Ireland but the guys in Wexford are half the price of others. The two Dublin coys have not put boots on the ground yet so who knows. I even think that there is another NREMT Paramedic coy opening up on the west coast as well.


You need to think about what you want. If you can get into the HSE then you have 30 years of a career and one of the best paying jobs for paramedics. Even the UK doesn't pay their APs as well as we do.

If it is about money then the HSE is good. The offshore industry is good as well. If is about job satisfaction and you don't want to spend the rest of your career hauling drunks and old people around then the offshore industry will be the better option.

Good luck to you.



Pipe dream is it yeah? I've done my research and have looked into it believe me. How do you know there's Paramedics out of work over there? Even if there is it doesn't mean they're going to just take any job that's going!!

GoProGaming Registered User
#17

Medic475 said:
Pipe dream is it yeah? I've done my research and have looked into it believe me. How do you know there's Paramedics out of work over there? Even if there is it doesn't mean they're going to just take any job that's going!!


if you browse any of the u.s emergency services/ medic forums you'll see that they are quite the opposite of crying out for emt's and its really hard to get hired in most states.

just wondering, do you have your visa sorted out yet or already have residency with a work permit? thats the biggest hurdle to jump.

ive also looked into america as an option in great detail. www.emtlife.com is a great source of info

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corkemt Registered User
#18

Medic475 and BoonDoc, Thank you both for your help, having thought it over, I've decided to change careers for a non medical world wide accepted position to assist my C.V. for the U.S.A in about 9 months. Put off Irish Paramedics until very last class and come home then. That way I will have researched all the openings in U.S.A. The last class could very well be summer 2016 if not more, three years from now??? Ya?? since the Sept 2010 recruitment panel still hasen't been fully used up yet and wont be until January 2014 or further, not to mind thinking of this new panel. Honestly cheers for that, I do love my job but life is for living!!

Cheers,

Miss corkemt

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corkemt Registered User
#19

GoProGaming said:
if you browse any of the u.s emergency services/ medic forums you'll see that they are quite the opposite of crying out for emt's and its really hard to get hired in most states.

just wondering, do you have your visa sorted out yet or already have residency with a work permit? thats the biggest hurdle to jump.

ive also looked into america as an option in great detail. www.emtlife.com is a great source of info


I have done some resesarch and there is crap loads of different VISA's. From what I can see you have to be out of college max two years to get the full one year working VISA. Even if you are one day over that two years, it can become quiet differcult. But I must do some more research. I have family who can claim me in if all comes to all but id prefer not to go that route even though I know they would do it in a heart and a half. I wouldnt mind getting the three month working VISA if can be got and/or looking for sponsership.

Any suggestions in relation to VISA's etc?

Cheers for your comment

Actual Paramedic Registered User
#20

BoonDoc said:
A UK paramedic or a PHECC Advanced Paramedic will not get work on the oil rigs. You have to have the UK Offshore Medics Course, the sea survival course and helicopter underwater escape course. Yes those last two can be found in Donegal.

In order to attend the UK Offshore Medics Course you need to be a registered paramedic, nurse or doctor. Now it is important to know that the PHECC paramedic does not qualify for this. You have to be an ALS Paramedic with IV and Intubation skills in order to work outside of Ireland.




So is the AREMT an ALS paramedic?


apc9000 said:
Hey Seven

No, AREMT is not a PHECC accredited paramedic course, or a UK paramedic course. This is an industry course, meaning it leads to work in the offshore, mining, security sectors etc. Again, I dont know your own circumstances but if you know about PHECC i'll guess your Irish?!!!

However..... if you do the AREMT Paramedic course, you can get reciprocity and be a PHECC registered EMT in Ireland. I'm not sure about reciprocity in the rest of the world but I can find out. PM me if your outside Ireland and need to know.



I gather then that PHECC recognise the course as EMT level so and not paramedic here


BoonDoc said:
Hi Emmett,

As a nurse, you can work as an offshore medic once you have the Offshore Medics Course certified through the UK HSE.

You can get this four week course from Exmed, Nottingham or AberMed in Scotland. I would not suggest that you use any other provider of the course.

For some jobs you will need to be a qualified paramedic. Not an Irish Paramedic but an ALS level paramedic equal to the AP here. The guys in Wexford can sort out a paramedic qualification easy enough and it would be easier for you as a qualified nurse.



How so? Just transferring them across from a nurse? Just giving her a paramedic qualification? O is there a course to be done?

BoonDoc Registered User
#21

Actual Paramedic said:
So is the AREMT an ALS paramedic?

How so? Just transferring them across from a nurse? Just giving her a paramedic qualification? O is there a course to be done?


Yes the AREMT paramedic is an ALS paramedic. ALL paramedics are ALS paramedics outside of Ireland and the PCP in Canada. When people say paramedic they usually are thinking about ALS level of skills.


I don't know anyone who will give a nurse a paramedic license without training and testing. Nursing and paramedic are completely different skill sets. Yes, both have medical training but the thinking and problem solving are different. Try putting a nurse into a MVC without a lot of kit and see how he does. He will struggle through it but he will not understand the kit nor the procedures.

The same goes for a paramedic in a nurses role. We do not have the skills to deal with bedside care in the wards. We do not have the benefit of a doctor nearby to bounce ideas and clinical decisions with. A paramedic would not do well in the wards.


So no, I can't imagine a paramedic walking into a nursing degree. I cannot imagine a nurse walking into a paramedic degree.


That being said. A nurse attending a paramedic course would find it easier than someone who never learned medicine at all.
A paramedic gaining a nursing degree doesn't have to redo all of the courses that he already learned. The Americans have a paramedic to BSc Nursing degree that can be done in about 18 months.

Actual Paramedic Registered User
#22

I am well aware of what paramedic and the term entails and the training worldwide.

Does this Industry Paramedic gain reciprocation anywhere in the world?

apc9000 Registered User
#23

Ive just done the Industry Paramedic course with the Wexford guys. They have affiliation with UK Universities, including Middlesex. I now have a Level 4 certificate of higher education worth 120 credits. This means that I can skip the first year of the BSc in Paramedical Science.

The course was fantastic. Its not a city based ambulance course but geared specifically for those who want to work in industry settings. There are jobs available worldwide for Industry Paramedics and they did a great job preparing me for joining the sector.

shamrock55 Registered User
#24

apc9000 said:
Ive just done the Industry Paramedic course with the Wexford guys. They have affiliation with UK Universities, including Middlesex. I now have a Level 4 certificate of higher education worth 120 credits. This means that I can skip the first year of the BSc in Paramedical Science.

The course was fantastic. Its not a city based ambulance course but geared specifically for those who want to work in industry settings. There are jobs available worldwide for Industry Paramedics and they did a great job preparing me for joining the sector.


Can i ask how much and how long was this course
its ok i just checked the website

apc9000 Registered User
#25

Its €6500 for those that havent looked at website. 8 Months online and 3 weeks testing. You also have to complete over 400 hours of clinical placement. This sounds a lot but I did my placement in South Africa and managed to clock up 300 hours in 3 weeks and the final 100 hours in Moldova. Fantastic time in both. Not sure if I can give the web address but just google Merit-Training and you'll find them.

Cant recomend them enough and if anyone out there wants any more info feel free to PM me.

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