Using OTC Sleep Aids in EMS

Motivated by a recent Facebook post, Josh brought a pretty important topic to the show. He was surprised at the number of EMS professionals who use over the counter sleeping aids to fall asleep. We discussed some of the potential issues with this type of facilitated sleep as well as possible causes of sleep issues in the EMS field.

Take a listen and leave your thoughts below. Do you take sleep aids or need stimulants to stay awake when working i.e. coffee, energy drinks etc.?

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The 45M Dollar EMS Volunteers

spam_can_openThis week we talk about volunteers and rather than the usual paid vs volley debate. We decided to talk about how there are counties that actually pay for the volunteer service to operate and it’s funded by the taxpayers. Now there is of course a lot to consider but when a number like 45 million dollars gets thrown around someone needs to raise an eyebrow.

This was a lively episode so pay attention and leave your thoughts below.


Conquering The NREMT CBT Exam

Get key points on the NREMT CBT exam like developing a mindset of success for the NR cognitive exam and learning how the test is administered and scored (Why you’re going to fail). Understanding how National Registry test questions are created. (And what that means to you), dispelling the myths about what the test is really about and how to develop powerful strategies to approaching the question and finding the right answer. This digital e-book is the UNDERGROUND WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT of the live two hour webinar held at EMS Boot Camp. Get all the details by clicking here.

 

 

Taking Risks To Meet Expectations

ems paramedic questionsThis week the guys talk about EMS pay and what is enough pay for the risks involved. Speaking of risks. We also discuss the risks we take in order to meet expectations set by our agencies and even our training.

Take a listen and be sure to post what your optimal EMS salary would be below.

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Calling In Sick In EMS | Another EMS Closing

ems transportThis week we got into when we call in sick as an EMS professional, the term mental health day and how small vs. large agencies view sick time. Also discussed was another EMS agency closing where residents voted down a service rather than pay a small tax to keep it.

Take a listen and post your thoughts below. Be sure to check out The Palm tool at WANTYNU and subscribe to us on ITunes.

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What Is Your Non-Emergency Percentage?

medicsmalefemaleDuring this weeks Office Hours Jim, Josh and Dave talk about the never ending flow of non-emergency calls and how that can numb us as EMS providers. It’s important not get complacent and to properly assess each patient. However don’t you think that the crying wolf we deal with in EMS can easily make us fall into just what these patients sometimes perceive us as – A “taxi ride” to the hospital.

Take a listen to the show and pay attention to find out how you can get a free WANTYNU Oxygen Wrench. 


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Why Does EMS Have Such A High Turnover?

EMS1  Is EMS the stepping stone to other professions? Do providers leave EMS to pursue better career options when they find so few in EMS. Sometimes its not about pay. Its can be about career movement, job satisfaction and options for the long haul. Are teaching and supervisory positions the only rungs in the ladder?

This week we had two guests join us from the EMS Flight and RN fields and the discussion went to everything from education and pay to what may be most important of all – action.

Take a listen and let your thoughts on this topic below.

EMS Documentation Pearls | Part One

This weeks episode is part one of two talking about some keys to EMS documentation. This often glossed over topic is also one of the most important aspects of your day to day EMS activities.

 

 

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OMG EMT and Having a Felony In EMS

ems paramedic questionsThis episode asks “Can you work in EMS of you have a felony?”. Is there a time or circumstance where having a felony does not totally prevent you from working in EMS? We also talk about the new TV show OMG EMT, just how clean your ambulance is and ask you to Guess The Call.

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

EMS Knuckle Draggers & Expectations

Study5This week Jim and Josh talk about having to be willing to get down, dirty and in the mud as an EMS provider. The  topic of education and expectations was discussed as well.

Take a listen and find out why the knuckle dragging term came up. What was your expectation coming into EMS?

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EMS Career Development | Having A Winning Attitude

Looking beyond the EMS job description can help you succeed in your EMS career. Having a positive attitude is one part of the puzzle. This short video talks about how to maintain and promote that winning attitude.