medicgirl05

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  1. Oh goodness. Ruff I wasn't critiqueing you at all. I had the same thoughts after watching the video without any explanation. I just was glad that for a change someone stuck around to defend themselves. I know you aren't a harsh person. My point was more that in this field we come across criticism A LOT, and we have to be able to handle that. I feel Lili handled it well. Sorry it didn't come across in my first post. Hopefully this helped.
  2. I just want to give Lili a pat on the back for standing up to your criticism. It was pretty harsh, but the OP didn't run away with his/her tail between the legs like many newbies do. Good for you Lili. Stick around, you may learn something or you may teach us oldies but goodies a few things.
  3. As far as holidays and weekends, everywhere I've worked it just depends how the days fall. I sometimes joke because I haven't had a New Years Eve off in 10 years. In the beginning it was hard to work holidays, but then my coworkers were like family and we developed our own holiday traditions. Last year for Christmas we all made an Italian dish that we brought and enjoyed together between calls. Also, for the most part holidays aren't usually busy...but the calls you do run tend to be very serious.
  4. Scheduling depends on what kind of service you work for. In my area 911 providers work a 24 on/48 off shift or 48/96. Private services around me usually staff a couple 12 hour trucks, a 16 hour truck, and a couple 24 hour trucks. Again, it all depends on where you are and what you want. International work...I don't know anything about nature trips, but most oils field and contract military stuff is for seasoned paramedics. Whatever you decide to do good luck to you! And, from an old seasoned medic, make sure you find healthy ways to destress before you are too far in. This is a hard job and it takes a toll over the years.
  5. 1. I was 17. 2. I took some college classes in high school, but finished my paramedic before I took many classes. Now I have quite a few credits that don't amount to much of anything because I can't decide what I want to be when I grow up. 3. The paramedic program was 2 years, I haven't graduated college. 4. I would give a word of warning-EMS is hard on your body, and when you aren't able to lift anymore your options are very limited. 5. My American dream is financial security. 6. I sure hope so! 8. I probably would choose a different route. Lots of years as a paramedic has jaded my thinking and I'm sometimes haunted by the things I've seen. Plus my back is now blown so I'm having a hard time finding a decent paying job. 9. No. I wanted to be a dr and this seemed like a stepping stone. 10. There were many times I wanted to give up, I just couldn't see a way out. I worked a murder/suicide and just about couldn't make myself go to work the next shift, but I just kept pushing on. Good luck on your paper.
  6. I was so excited to laugh until I cried...but sadly I'm not in Canada so I couldn't watch. :-(
  7. Actually we pulled the stretcher mounts out and left the stretcher at the scene, one backboard on the bench and 2 on the floor. Not safe and I wouldn't recommend it, but we really didn't have much option that day. In 10+ years that's the only time I've felt it necessary to transport like that, so I'm not suggesting it at all.
  8. He was a super nice guy, but that day I literally could have strangled him! The same guy was cutting a lady out of her wrecked vehicle and I pointed out the metal hanging out of her arm so he wouldn't disturb it, well he thought I wanted him to pull it out and he did exactly that! In the situation it was a bit of a relief because it turned out to be superficial but it could have been a BAD deal. Now back to the actual thread...sorry for my reminiscing.
  9. I'm not sure the logic behind it, maybe because you wouldn't otherwise use a car seat that's been in a wreck? Interesting story-I once worked a bad single vehicle rollover. 5 adult patients and 1 probably 3 month old. Rural area and we were the only ambulance within about 30 miles. Bad weather so no air support. On arrival all the patients were scattered over the scene, I assessed the baby first and it was in a car seat, no obvious trauma, and crying. I went to assess everyone else and the whole time I was listening for that babies cry, because if I could hear it crying it was breathing. At one point one of the volunteer firefighters walks up to me with the baby in his arms wanting me to make it stop crying. You know when you're super busy and somebody disturbs the "plan" you have? I was super frustrated because in my head I couldn't put the baby back in the car seat and it wasn't big enough to secure in the onboard system. I put the baby back in anyway because there was literally nowhere else to transport it. I had 3 adult patients on backboards in my ambulance.
  10. Most 911 services I have worked for had a child safety seat built into the captains chair, it made it quick to secure the child, but I'm not sure if that is the best option. I also was told that if a child was in a wreck and you didn't take the child out of their car seat you could transport them in it, but if they were removed from it then the car seat couldn't be used.
  11. Post your questions...I am sure people will respond. At least I probably will respond.
  12. I don't think there's anyway a person can know how stressful the job is without doing it for a few years and running some terrible calls, I sure didn't...but you didn't want advice on that so against my better judgment I'm going to skip that part. First, I would be super careful posting about depression/suicide if there's ANY way the post can be traced to you. Police departments do online searches of your name and some are VERY thorough. Question 1-I've worked for about 4 different EMS agencies and besides asking how I handle stress nothing about depression or mental health has come up. Question 2- If the department requires a physical exam the meds might come up, I've worked with several people who were on anti-depressants and it didn't interfere with them getting hired in EMS. Question 3- I recently went through the sheriff departments hiring process, and it is VERY intense. You do a long background investigation and they contact quite a few people.You also have to pass a psychological evaluation where you meet with a psychiatrist. Mine asked me different questions about stress and how I deal with people and situations, it got pretty detailed. I spent about 20 minutes talking to him, I don't know how your history would affect this part. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  13. As an EMT and paramedic I always carried a field guide. In the beginning I used it every once in a while, but then it was just part of my uniform. It made me feel better having it even though I probably didn't use it in the last 5 years or so... When I did use it it was more for looking up medications...of course smart phones weren't really a thing back then. It doesn't hurt to carry one, but they make some good field guide phone apps these days I hear. Get certified first though, don't get in too far without that certification.
  14. A latte has helped me be a paramedic many times. Lol
  15. Have you heard of John Puryear? He's in Texas, but has audio files that helped me pass the paramedic national registry. Also, try taking tests on FISDAP. That will help you get more comfortable with the test taking. Good luck!