Qoute from The EMT Spot

"There is a patient out there who is on a collision course with your skills. They don't know you yet. You've never met them either. They have no idea that they are going to meet you in the future, but the day they do, they will test you." From The EMT Spot

Monday, May 24, 2010

Scary Point

I am at an interesting point in my paramedic training, I know just enough to be very dangerous. I have learned just how much ignorance I actually have working as an EMT, but have not learned all I need to be a paramedic. This creates the situation where I hesitate when working as an EMT because I don't have the tools to use the information I now have. I am glad that most of the calls I am on are fairly straight forward and BLS has been enough, but am looking forward to having the tools to go with the knowledge. I think that is the best part of being a paramedic student, knowing that when it is over and done with I will have more and better tools to help people when they call. I have also grown to have much more respect for the paramedics I have worked with because now I have a much better idea of how they function.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Good Example

I was in class on Monday and had a fantastic instructor discussing RSI, he made it very clear that it is not something to be taken lightly, but not a skill we should be greatly afraid of performing when a patient needs RSI.  He also admitted that is ok to recognize that you may be a little afraid everytime you are faced with doing RSI simply because the patient is in very serious trouble and there are great risks for both you and the patient involved. I appreciate when an instructor is that honest about himself and what I may face in a situation or have go through my mind.
I think that what made him a such a good instructor is that he has passion about being a paramedic and an instructor and he was not afraid to show it. He is a good example of the kind of Paramedic I hope to be.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Some Beginning Thoughts

I find myself continually wondering what kind of paramedic do I want to be? What does it take to be a good paramedic? What will it take to make me a good paramedic? These thoughts run through my mind and hopefully as I progress through my training I can find some answers. I have uncovered part of the answer already, a good paramedic is one who never wants to stop learning.