EMS Light Duty Positions and Working Outside Your Skill Set

This week me, Josh Knapp and Sean Eddy discuss the light duty positions that can be filled by injured EMS providers. EMS agencies often use these injured employees to perform administrative duties, training and stocking of supplies. Bigger organizations also assign EMS providers to duties outside their direct training and knowledge.

ems transportTo me this is great. It makes use of employees and gets work done making the organization more efficient. It also allows EMS providers to work and not have to go on workers compensation giving them financial stability while they are hurt.
It was also mentioned that some organizations allow this light duty benefit (which to me it is a benefit vs. worker comp.) even if they get injured while off duty.

I do think though there is an issue when agencies allow EMS providers to work outside their skill when it suits them and prohibits this when there isn’t a direct need. One example I’ve seen is when nursing went on strike and they allowed paramedics to work in the ED, but once the nurses where back, that sort of work was prohibited.

Take a listen to this episode and be sure to post any thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks to John Broyles and also to “Dads of Great Students” for join us in the chat room.

Special thanks to Aladtec EMS Manager for sponsoring this episode of Office Hours. Go check out their free and customizable EMS employee scheduling and management software – click here to begin.

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Do You Have An EMS Fall Back Plan?

You love EMS right? The great schedule, high pay, low stress. But what if you couldn’t do it anymore? What would you do? Do you have any plans or ideas on how you would survive or even fill that need to help others?  Injuries, age and burnout can be factors that force you to stop working in EMS. So this week we talk about fall back plans, options and ways to extend your EMS life.


 

Show notes:

Thanks to Tim, Dave, and John for joining us and lending their insight.

Tim Noonan – Rogue Medic

Dave Aber from EMS Difference

Josh Knapp over at WANTYNU

John Broyles from the 1 Union 801 podcast

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