The Hierarchy of EMS Job Priorities

Do you want to feel more satisfied in your job? Perhaps you need to flip your list.erie county esu

You’ve met satisfied EMS employees in the past. You’ve also, no doubt,┬ámet some dissatisfied EMS employees along the way. I would contend that our patient care priorities has a lot to do with how much satisfaction we receive from doing our job.

As an example, the hierarchy of priorities for a highly dissatisfied EMS employee might look like this:

  • Gain praise and recognition
  • Increase reputation and influence
  • Avoid risk and liability
  • Avoid hassle and work
  • Make money
  • Have fun
  • Create relationships
  • Make meaningful connections with patients and family
  • Deliver high quality, competent┬ácare
  • Learn and develop experience

The hierarchy of priorities for a highly satisfied EMS employee might look like this:

  • Learn and develop experience
  • Deliver high quality, competent care
  • Make meaningful connections with patients and family
  • Create relationships
  • Embrace work (and hassle)
  • Have fun
  • Make money
  • Avoid risk and liability
  • Increase reputation and influence
  • Gain praise and recognition

I think you see my point…

When we roll out on the street to do our job, we all carry our hierarchy of priorities with us. If you’re dissatisfied with your EMS career, you may need to flip your list.

Now it’s your turn: What’s on your list of EMS job priorities? What does your hierarchy look like? What needs to move on your list? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Comments

  1. You are absolutely correct. So much of our happiness all comes down to perception and our own expectations. If you can learn to make yourself happy in what you do, you will find that factors outside of your control will have very little to do with your own happiness.

  2. Randy Hilton says:

    I think I’m tracking pretty closely to your “satisfied” hierarchy. with just a couple of changes.

    * I actively avoid emotional connections with my patients. I’m a definitely a people person and often find myself wondering what my patient’s story is all about. . .how did they get to this point in their lives? (my favorite story is one where I actually had Denver Moore in my truckhttp://www.denver-moore.com/ .)

    * Part of my hierarchy also includes process improvement. I get jollies out of finding better ways to do things.

    * Making money has to come nearer the bottom. Let’s just say I’m glad I can afford to be in this business. :o)

  3. dont get bummed about the bullshit calls every time you roll out its an adrenaline rush mabeye just a little one for a transfer or a major i’m not going to be able to sleep tonight rush from a multi als call

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