medicgirl05

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About medicgirl05

  • Birthday February 01

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  • Occupation Paramedic

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  1. Thinking about a career in EMS

    They did say they were in high school. When I was in high school, just a few years ago, we had a program that let us spend two periods a day at the local clinic, ER, or hospital doing rotations throughout the year. We were required to wear scrubs that matched each other, as well as didn't match any of the employees of the places we were rotating through, as we didn't want anyone to mistake us for a REAL medical professional. In a side note, I thought I was hot shit in those scrubs at 16 years old. I was such a whacker back then.
  2. Hey guys!

    You know what I love about these forums? I love that I learn something when I don't plan on it.
  3. Hey guys!

    Isn't the flight exam for medics pretty tough though? I took a semester course at UTSA in Flight Medicine and that was a doozy for me. It was hard to remember all the different pressures and such. So I think the flight medics must have a pretty broad knowledge base even if they are lacking in experience? Just wondering out loud, I'm sure there are some flight medics here who could fill me in...
  4. Hey guys!

    In my area it doesn't take much at all to be a flight medic, however the flight nurse tends to have many more prerequisites. This is reflected in pay accordingly. Flight medics don't really make much more than ground medics so most don't find the risk worth the benefit.
  5. Hey guys!

    I just want to reiterate that working in EMS and nursing have nothing to do with each other. You say that being an EMT will help you know if you want to work in an ER. Those are 2 completely different ballgames. What EMT's do in the field is completely different than in the ER. If you find a tech job that will hire an EMT right out of school that will still be completely different than what you do in the ER as an RN. If you are just getting your EMT as an easy way to make some money while passing time to get your RN then that is a horrible plan. The profession needs serious providers that want to be in EMS, not who are just passing time. Any experience gained in EMS is generally not acknowledged in the nursing world. Also, a job as an EMT is not guaranteed as they tend to be a dime a dozen and you will only be able to work certain times. That will depend somewhat on where you live. In my area you would not find an agency that would hire you fresh out of EMT school with schedule restrictions. My suggestion is to find out more about both options and see what you want to do. Then you can focus all your time, money, and energy on what your dream really is. You can possibly do an EMS ride along with your local EMS company. Either way good luck to you.
  6. No more statistics!

    Well this semester is officially over! I believe it was the hardest one yet! I took environmental biology, drama, and statistics. There were times I considered dropping, but I am so glad I pushed through! I got my grades today, and while they could have been much better, I passed! I am done with the local community college and moving on... I was accepted into University of Texas at San Antonio into the Emergency Health Science program. It starts in July and I can't wait to take classes that I am interested in! The people that I have talked to at the University are all so friendly and helpful, such a stark contrast to my community college! In other news, I am having a "mass" removed from my ankle next week. After all the problems I had last year, nobody knows exactly what it is. I am unsure how the surgery will be, or what will happen afterwards, so my excitement for school comes at a great time! It is definitely something to look forward to! Have a great day everyone!!!
  7. the 9 things you never say to a patient

    Sorry, today is my first day...
  8. OH HAPPY DAY! I get off work in 6 minutes!!!

  9. Hello from Indiana

    Ok, I'm curious-what kind of school are you going to that you can take 45 days off? The basic test is pretty up front. ABC's. I think it is mostly common sense stuff. If you did well through the course you shouldn't have a problem with the test. Just remember to relax when you go to take it. Good luck.
  10. Studying in California

    And the tones just dropped so I can't finish. Sorry!
  11. tired of the bickering.

  12. 3 days off starts in 13 minutes. :-)

  13. Waiting...Impatiently

    So, about 9 months ago I had a tumor removed from my thigh. It was unclear exactly what it was but there was a high possibility that it was a form of sarcoma, so I was referred to a leading cancer hospital. They have been doing repeat scans every 3 months and pretty much just waiting for something to start growing. A few weeks ago I noticed a small lump in my forearm. I was initially in denial and just hoped it would go away, it didn't. I decided finally to go to a local dr to see if they knew what it was. I was really hoping there was nothing there and they would say I am paranoid. They didn't. They tried to schedule an MRI for that afternoon and an appointment with a surgeon the next day, but I decided I'd be better off with my oncologist so I called him. The surgeon called back and after talking to him for about 15 minutes he scheduled scans for Tuesday. They are working me into the schedule. So now I'm just waiting. It sucks. I am pretty much just counting the hours until I will know something. I am not a very patient person. If you are the praying type, please send some up for all those affected by cancer!
  14. I've never had poached eggs... I like fried egg sandwiches.
  15. New Ambulance

    Well yesterday we went to pick up a new ambulance. I had been to the company that builds ours before, but yesterday the gave us a tour. It was awesome to see how ambulances are built from start to finish! They took us to lunch and even threw in a new Tshirt and hat for each of us! Of course we did pay multiple thousands of dollars to have the old box remounted and improved. We also saw a new idea they have for a clinic on wheels/communications truck. It was a 14 foot box with 2 curtained areas for patients and 4 desks. Very neat idea! I'm hoping we can find a way to convince our supervisors we need such a vehicle! It amazes me how many improvements have been made to ambulances just in my 7 years of EMS. If you are shopping for a new ambulance I would definetely recommend Frazer. They work with you to get you exactly what you need. They are helpful when problems arise, and they really KNOW ambulances. The best part of the day was that I drove the truck 150 miles home and didn't even put one scratch on it!