How To Meet 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 EMS 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 to this ITunes reboot below and be sure to leave your thoughts and comments.

 

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How To BS Your Way Through EMS School

Lets face it. You can bullsh*t your way through EMT or Paramedic school. Do the bare minimum, skate by the exams, play off your class mates and pass.

Its not hard. I’ve seen people do it. Heck I know kids getting college degrees that have bullshitted their way through. Never taking a note or cracking open a book.

But when does that come back to haunt you? This weeks Office Hours talks all about when that half ass-ary comes back to teach you a valuable lesson.

Take a listen below and be honest. Have you ever BS’d your way through a class, a course or exam? Did it really help you past that moment?

I am confident it most likely did not.

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Should EMS Just Train For The Street?

Study5With new training guidelines and increased classroom times. It seems that new students coming out of paramedic school are not as prepared as they should be. Topics like safety and documentation are often glossed over.

Too many times we hear instructors say “This isn’t the way we do it in the street…”

There seems to be a gap between classroom and field or real life training. This gap appears to be widening and sending new providers out into the real world of EMS either not prepared or terrified of what to expect.

Is too much time being spent on topics not geared toward EMS? Is there not enough time focused on what is needed to operate as a paramedic in the field out of paramedic class?

This week Josh and I talk about this and are joined in the chat room by John Broyles and Scott from EMS in the New Decade.


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Just Got My Medic Card….Now What?

What do you think are some of the bigger challenges facing new paramedics? Do teaching organizations provide proper mentoring, job placement, networking opportunities and field level preparation?

Take some time this week and join us for this discussion. Post below what it was like when you passed your paramedic class. What have you seen new providers struggling with?


Medic Student Life and Trials

Jim is joined this week by April Saling, The Epi_Junky. With just a few weeks left to completing her paramedic training, we talk about her experiences and expectations as a new paramedic. April gave some great observations and pointed out common medic class occurrences that even Jim had back in the day. [Read more…]