Are We Teaching To Pass The NREMT?

EMS educator and speaker Mike Smith joins Jim for this episode and they talk about difficulties in EMS training like teaching for the NREMT exam vs. teaching for the real world. Mike points out how it can be a good blend if done the right way.

Plus the flipped classroom and potential benefits to students. Listen and share below.

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EMS Education And Student Expectations

Joined by Josh Knapp and guest Skye Croom. We discuss EMS education, student expectations and some realities of the process.

We just scratched the surface on this one and hope to have Skye back soon to keep this important conversation going.

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EMS Student, Preceptor Education Balance

Being an EMS paramedic or EMT student is tough. Yet being a preceptor is equally hard. I see too many of each not approaching common struggles the right way. Which leads to frustration and overwhelm and even having students quit their studies.

This episode of the podcast I talk a bit about how to balance it all out and how everyone has to be accountable.

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Gaining Respect In EMS Through A College Degree?

Some in EMS feel that having a college degree will fix so many of the problems we face as a profession. Having that formal education is key, but there is so much more that lends to getting the respect of our healthcare peers.

See what I mean in this weeks podcast and why “EMS self education” is what really leads to success.
 


 

 

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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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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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