Top: Ivy Tech Department of Nursing instructor Cindi Kreicker (left) stands with the first four students to complete the Paramedic to RN Crossover program (left to right) Amy Solomon of Staunton, Heidi Lindsey of Sullivan, Dusty Ramer of Kokomo and Scott Hudnall of Indianapolis.
Bottom: Amy Solomon gets pinned during the rehearsal ceremony for the four students who participated in the Paramedics to RN Crossover program at Ivy Tech.
Some of you may have met Amy Solomon of Staunton. If you haven't met her, that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Since January, Solomon has been one of four Indiana paramedics to participate in the Paramedic to RN Crossover program at Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute. After working in the emergency response field for eight years, Solomon has decided to switch up her career just a little bit.
After completing training through the Terre Haute Regional Ivy Tech program in 2000, Solomon has worked with Trans-Care as a paramedic. She also worked in the Terre Haute Regional Emergency Room for seven years. Experience drove her to consider becoming a registered nurse.
Since the two professions are very similar, the Paramedic to RN Crossover program at Ivy Tech takes what paramedics have learned and expands on their knowledge.
Cindy Kreicker, instructor in the Department of Nursing and for the Paramedic to RN Crossover program, has had the honor of teaching the first four students enrolled in the program. According to her, "It has been a wonderful experience. The medics have been so great to work with."
"It really is a great program," mentioned Solomon when asked about the program.
January 2005 was the first time the program was held in the entire state of Indiana. The program can accomodate up to 10 students. Since it was the first year, only four students participated in the program, Solomon, Heidi Lindsey of Sullivan, Dusty Ramer of Kokomo and Scott Hudnall of Indianapolis.
On Friday, the four students were pinned, becoming the first four in the state of Indiana to complete the program.
Once she passes the National Council Lincesure Exam for RNs, Solomon will receive state authorization and a license. Solomon would like be a flight nurse for Terre Haute Regional Hospital or really anything that allows her to spend more time with her husband and their 9- and 11-year-old sons.
Solomon said, "(The program) has opened my eyes. It has made me a better medic overall. As a paramedic you take care of a person right here right now. As an RN you look farther down the road."