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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EMS Education, Distance Learning and Pay

dreamstime_1143206This episode I am joined why Scott McConnell of DistanceCME.com. We discussed EMS education and the challenges of distance learning as well as the value it can bring. Scott gave his best three tips to make the most of learning online and we even squeezed in how it all ties into higher pay in EMS.

Take a listen to this great episode and leave your comments below.

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EMS Education With Bryan Bledsoe

dreamstime_1143206One of the original EMS interviews where Jim sits down with Dr. Bledsoe to discuss his views on topics like EMS education and it’s relation to the future of the EMS industry.

This is back when the fledging podcast was under a different name and I was very green in my abilities. But still a great session.

Take a listen and be sure to leave your comments below

About our guest:

Bryan E. Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, EMT-P

Dr. Bryan Bledsoe is an emergency physician and EMS author from Midlothian, Texas.  He entered EMS in 1974 as an EMT and attended one of the first paramedic programs in north Texas. Dr. Bledsoe worked for several years in Fort Worth as a paramedic and went on to become an EMS Instructor and Coordinator.  He is board-certified in emergency medicine.  Dr. Bledsoe is the author of numerous EMS textbooks including: Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice, Essentials of Paramedic Care, Paramedic Emergency Care, Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology for Emergency Care, Critical Care Paramedic, and many others.  He is a frequent contributor to EMS magazines and presenter at national and international EMS conferences.  Dr. Bledsoe is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University medical Center in Washington, DC. He co-chairs the Curriculum and Evaluation Board of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill AFB, Florida.

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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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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.

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EMS In Five Years | Changes or Spinning Wheels?

EMS1This week I am posting a replay of a very special interview done in 2008 with Rob Davis. Rob was a strong voice in EMS and sat with me to discuss the challenges facing EMS, what he felt was holding us back and how we could make changes to move the EMS profession forward.

When I listened back to this audio I wondered how many things have changed in the years since this interview.

Take a listen to this interview and post what you think is different between 2008 and now.

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When Your EMS Instructor Thinks It’s Boot Camp

EMS Some EMS instructors can take the hard nosed approach to teaching. Treating their position as one of power rather than mentor.  Why is it that we often encounter these instructors and heaven forbid we complain about them. We might as well stay home and give ourselves a failing skill sheet.

Is there a method to their approach? Or is this type of training out of place in the EMS educational environment?

Join us as we discuss this and try to decide if there is a method to it or if we are just being too damn sensitive.


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Expanding The EMT Role | What’s At Stake?

Giving nitro, albuterol treatments, epi pens and now intranasal narcan. While giving or assisting patients with these medications can be beneficial, is proper training and oversight being provided along with these added responsibilities. How many EMT’s want these added responsibilities? Should EMT’s even have these responsibilities?


 

Show notes:

Bob Sullivan – EMS Patient Perspective

Josh Knapp – WANTYNU

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Getting Paid For What You Do In EMS

It’s a common complaint right? EMS doesn’t get paid enough. Arguments on education, training levels, license vs. certification. All trying to justify higher pay or why we don’t deserve it. Yet, where is the incentive if we don’t get paid just a little extra for some things we do now that seem to get lumped into our job descriptions. Listen to this discussion and share your experiences.


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Should EMT’s Take ACLS?

ems acls educationBased on a discussion I saw on LinkedIn, I give my take on whether EMT’s should be taking an ACLS course. While advancing our education is what we should all strive for, can obtaining EMS education above our scope hurt or help us? What are your thoughts?

 



 

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