I am now at the end of the first trimester in the paramedic course for the second time around and noticed something a few days ago that deserves to be blogged about. I am now required to do a twelve hour shift each month as an observer on a paramedic level ambulance. I noticed during my last shift that rather than being scared that I would someday have to do this stuff myself I was itching for the opportunity to try and do some of this stuff myself. This is a major shift in my thinking and I have no doubt that my instructors have caused this change to occur, they have done an excellent job of giving me the information and skills needed and have given me the confidence that I can do the things they have taught me. The medic on that call was my course coordinator for the class the first time through so I am sure that was also part of the change as well. He took quite a bit of time out of the day to go over important points and pull the material out of the classroom and apply it to the calls.
Class is going well and I am benefitting from hearing the information over again and having a much greater understanding of how everything interacts in the body and its systems. It is a huge amount of information and the repetition has been a real plus for me. I am sure that having to go through the information for a second time and being much more familar with the material has also had an effect but also have to say that input from my instructors has also changed how I approach the material. This time through they seem to be taking the time to correct my mindset and not just throw the material to me. They are training me how to catch the material as well, I am sure they did the first time I just didn't notice.