Unconventional Thoughts On Emergency Services

 

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”
-Alan Keightley

 

You chose an unusual career path. it would be a shame to think about it in an ordinary way. Here are some thoughts to ponder about your chosen career path.

Your Job:

Potential was good the day you graduated from high school. Now it’s time to start performing.

Once you understand where you want your career to take you, it isn’t that hard to get there. The big trick is understanding where you want your career to take you.

The list of mistakes that your EMS career can not recover from is very short. Most of them involve failing in your duty to take good care of the patient.

Take good care of the patient.

 

Education:

Six months after you begin your EMS career, no one will care what you scored on your national registry test.

You don’t need continuing education to continually educate yourself.

It isn’t that hard to stand out in EMS by simply being good. Sadly, this is true for most industries and career paths.

 

Your Patient:

Patients will rarely say what they mean, ask for what they want or tell you what they need. Figuring it out is part of the job.

You can’t give away something that you don’t have.

People struggling with tragedy, grief, illness and mortality sometimes have great insight into the priorities of life.

Miracles do happen. Sometimes, someone will beat all the odds and survive and recover and go on to lead a fulfilling life. Celebrate those lives.

The value of your patient is the value of your work. (Think about that one for a minute. I’ll write more about it later.)

 

Now what do you think?

 

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Comments

  1. A. Barraza says:

    The value of your patient is the value of your work….. I like that. Can’t wait to hear how you elaborate on that one

  2. Steve Whitehead says:

    Great Aide. I’m writing that one right now. Look for it soon.

  3. “The list of mistakes that your EMS career can not recover from is very short. Most of them involve failing in your duty to take good care of the patient.”

    Unfortunately, there are places where the opposite is true. Putting the patient first, rather than going along to get along, can get you fired.

  4. Wise words indeed, Steve. I’ll be adding you to my daily reads.

  5. Thanks for the encouragement. Your website helps me motivate myself for this truly great job. Especially when you are working with someone who gets you down.

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