Just Plain Ruff

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  • Birthday 11/26/1967

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  1. 1.)How old were you when you decided or thought about becoming a paramedic - 19 on the scene of a bad wreck with no equipment and a 40 minute response time from a rural ambulance. watched a family die from their injuries. Knew at that moment I wanted to be a medic. I always wanted to be but that solidified it. 2.) What was your college experience? 2 years in junior college getting prerequisites for 4 year college - then went to UMKC and also got my emt and medic as well. 3.) How many years did it take to graduate? 6 4.) What could you give to someone going into the business? Don't rush it. You have your entire life to do this job. 5.) what is your American dream? to own 10000 acres overlooking the mountains of Colorado or the Rockies somewhere. 6.) is it achievable? no freaking way. 8.) if you could live your life all over again would you become a paramedic again? Why ke why not? Yes I would, but I'd do it differently and get my degree first and not a degree in sociology, but a degree in Information Technology or something tradeskill related. My bachelors degree is Useless. 9.) Was this your first choice of a career? Yes 10.) was there a time when you wanted to give up? My first day on the job my first call was a adult code, then a couple of general call, then we worked a trauma code and then my last call was a pedi code. I nearly didn't come back. but I did and I put all three of those codes in the locked room in my brain and they don't get to come out. Over the years, that room has turned into two rooms. The key is an electronic keypad that only two other people know the code. My wife and my best medic friend. We change the code about every 5 years. You Cannot trust the NSA any further than you can throw em.
  2. or Don't rock the boat
  3. By the way, I hate being told no. Being told that "it's the way it's always been done"
  4. Exactly my friend. that's why I was told to drop it. they knew they weren't going to get paid so they squashed it. Patients didn't know any better so they didn't push it. but every once in a while a patient would ask the question "Can't you just take me to my doctors office" Big paradigm shift, but I can see it happening. Not in my EMS lifetime, but maybe my son's if he decides to get into this line of work.
  5. This is great discussion. I know that in the services where I've worked, there was never any intention and if I tried to transport the patient to the doctors office or the urgent care facility i was met at the hospital (because I was forced to transport there) by my supervisor telling me "We just dont do it that way here" and I always slammed my head against the wall asking the question "why? tell me why do we transport to the ER when the Urgent care or this patients doctors office would work just fine" They countered with "they called the ambulance so they go to the ER, and Mike, Just drop it" I would then counter well we go to the nursing home or a homebound patients house and pick them up, drive them to their doctors office for an appointment and then drive them home, what's the difference. Again, told to drop it. I was told that insurance would never cover the emergency response to the house, and then a drop off at a doctors office or urgent care and the service would not get paid. Again told to drop it. So finally I did. And many times, the service didn't get paid even by going to the ED. So I kind of laugh inside.
  6. i completely agree but do we? are we able to? Can we? how many services "CAN" transport to a urgent care center? I don't know of any services in my area that are able to transport to urgent care facilities and I believe its high time that we begin to be able to. I also think that Urgent Care facilities are pushing back against this though. What if the patient demands to be transported to an UC facility? Can we refuse to transport them there? If it's an appropriate facility then is it wrong.
  7. Is it time that EMS can start to transport to an Urgent Care facility? Should ambulances be able to routinely transport patients to lower acuity facilities if the patients condition warrants it? Take a look at this article and see what you think!!! http://www.hhnmag.com/articles/8238-call-an-ambulance-for-care?utm_campaign=042917&utm_medium=email&eid=302381567&bid=1740908#.WQX4PMmPuZ8.linkedin
  8. Good information on your site. I found many of the same jobs on monster and career builder but the advantage I think you have is that you have just ems jobs and devided by state just with one click. On monster or career builder you have to input an individual state and get a bunch of crap not realted jobs. Not sure if you are making any money on this site but it's a nice place to go when you are looking at a specific state. One stop shopping.
  9. Did you find any info out on that KYEMP program other than what I posted?
  10. that's a fine line, I need to think more on that, not dodging the question, but needing to think more on that poignant question.
  11. that info I posted before you posted your response was in NO way directed at you my friend. It was sort of a cautionary tale to anyone who reads it.
  12. I also wanted to add, it seems also that everyone takes offense at something. Someone who I listen to on the radio quite frequently often says, You don't have the RIGHT to be offended, you can dislike what I say but my right to say what I say does not give you the right to be offended at what I say. You can dislike what I say but I have the right to say it. You have absolutely ZERO constitutional right to be offended. There are people out there who are saying that the constitution does not protect against hate speech, well, that's exactly what the constitution protects. And that statement comes from someone that I mainly disagree with, Bill Maher. So remember, facebook is everywhere, camerphones are everywhere and big brother is everywhere. This is a prime time to go over one more thing, What you post on facebook regarding your work or your activity outside of work, it can and often does come back to hurt you and often it comes back to get you fired. NO patient info, no call information and definately nothing that would identify a patient. If you do post that on the internet even in a private forum, don't cry about it when it comes back to get you.
  13. yes, the internet, the thing that remembers forever even if you don't. Facebook wasn't a thing when I was in college, thankfully so. I said plenty of stupid and mean things but would be hard pressed to prove I said them unless you could find the witnesses to them. But now, you gotta watch your tongue in whatever you say, wherever you say it because everyone of us has a phone and you NEVER Know who is watching. some of my friends have lost out of jobs or were fired because of what they posted on the internet.
  14. did you call the service's that you rode with during your classes? Why didn't you get the 2 patient observations prior to taking your test, I thought that was a requirement before taking your test? maybe not. but Call those services you rode with and see if you can get one more shift.
  15. Our 1998 braun had the same set up. We transported 3 patients 4 patients out of one wreck, 1 hanging, one on the bench, and one on the cot. adn finally one on the captains chair.