Are You Alone In This EMS Thing?

Do you ever feel like you are the only one actually caring or doing your job in EMS? I dunno, sometimes I feel like when it comes to doing the right thing and what we have been trained for is becoming the exception and not the rule. Take a listen to this short episode (7 mins) to see what I am talking about.

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You Can’t Bill For EMS Experience

EMS This weeks podcast is a discussion on EMS organizations and personnel leaving for other jobs like Fire or Law Enforcement. What do agencies do to try and retain these experienced providers? During the show Dave commented that “You can’t bill for experience”.

Is the bottom line how agencies bill? Does the experience their providers bring to the community not count for anything?

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Is The Public Desire For Degrees In EMS Privately Ignored?

ems paramedic questionsIf college degree providers are the goal why do leaders and organizations in EMS continue to accept and promote non degree programs and employees? Does it boil down to dollars and cents or is it that there just isn’t enough providers who pursue the degree path?

What are your thoughts on this? Have you noticed the public push for degree providers but the private acceptance of the status quo?

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Your EMS Experience Means Nothing

This week on the podcast Jim and Josh talk about a few EMS topics including active shooter training. The topic of having a degree in EMS, higher pay and the pie in the sky wishing of it all came up.

The idea that a college degree trumps your five, ten or more years of experience and how that is going to bring EMS from making $12, $13 or $14 dollars an hour to a pay scale matching the job we do with or without a degree is as always a hot topic.

Sure you won’t get rich in EMS and you shouldn’t expect too. But you should expect to pay your bills as much as you are expected to undergo continuous education, skills assessments, new equipment training, new drugs and protocols. All in the name of superior patient care and competent providers. But no so competent that we can tell people they don’t need an ambulance based on our assessments. Fair?

Heck EMT’s are being expected to perform 12 leads, give drugs, use advanced airways and that list is growing. Yet they have not earned a cent more an hour and most are making at or below minimum wage. Fair?

Spin the wheel as we go round again on this topic and take a listen below

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Meeting EMS Student Expectations

ems transportEMS educators are challenged with meeting student expectations. What do new candidates in EMS expect from the learning experience and what they will see in the field?

So how to we teach new EMS providers what’s real in EMS?

This week I am joined by Thomas Nagel a paramedic, RN and EMS educator in NC, who shares his insights into meeting student expectations. We also talk about some EMS dogma with regards to EMS educators themselves. All this plus tips on helping students of all provider levels and experiences build up their cache of what is normal for patients.

Take a listen below and be sure to leave your thoughts and comments.

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Key Steps To Becoming A Flight Paramedic

Flight ParamedicThis episode of EMSOH Jim is joined by Troy Shaffer who is the director of The Flight Safety Network. Troy discusses some key steps to becoming a flight medic. They also talk about some great interview techniques that will help you no matter what EMS job you may be looking to land.

Take a listen below and be sure to leave your comments, Like and Share.

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Become a Flight ParamedicWant more details on becoming a Flight Paramedic? Get targeted advice for EMTs & Paramedics interested in air medical careers. An outline of the Flight Safety Network “Earn Your Flight Wings” training program. Troy gives easy-to-follow, actionable steps to your first air medical flight crew job. Click here for details.

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EMS Minimum Wage | Sign The Petition

EMS Jim and Josh discuss the petition for a federally mandated EMS minimum wage. Take a listen, leave some comments and make sure to go and sign the petition.

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Are You A Brain Dump Medic?

man-discuss-01During this weeks episode we discuss what a brain dump medic is, why they exist and how you can avoid becoming one. This along with how to stay motivated in EMS with education… yes education.

Plus Jim’s idea on how he is going to combine EMS training, fun, vacation and his new bikini waxing class.

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Patients Should Not Be Dumped Off Stretchers Onto Floors But…..

EMS If you follow social media on EMS at all you may have seen the video with the paramedic flipping a patient off the stretcher. Have you ever been in the same situation as this paramedic? While using the excuse of “snapping” does not support this medics actions and while he was 100% wrong in doing this to the patient. Isn’t there a “but” someplace in this video?

Take a listen to this weeks episode to see what I mean and be sure to leave your comments below.

Interested in some great video training on how to deal with difficult patients? Check out “The Art of Patient Rapport”

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The Post EMS Week Show | EMS Compass

EMS2This week the hosts talk about EMS Week, The EMS Compass project and the difference between the EMS Everyman and those
who decide where the profession is going.

Take a listen to what is most likely the first in a series of discussions and start owning your EMS future.

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