Nursing students leave the classroom and gain real world EMS experience

As part of the curriculum in the nursing program at Thomas Edison State University, nursing students get out of the classroom and spend time working with Trenton’s EMS and Fire Department.

By responding to health emergencies in the community, nurses in training can see firsthand the health challenges of a population that’s largely underinsured or uninsured. Additionally, they can gain a deeper understanding of how patients’ environments can impact health care.

The program lasts one year, spending half of the classes time with EMS and the other with the fire station. In total, that ends up being about 8 days “on the job.”