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  1. Good questions. What should you bring? You should bring a pen, pad of paper, pocket calculator, stethoscope, cash for food in case you don't make it back to the station to eat the lunch you'll have brought with you, study material, an open mind, an abundance of patience. How do you make a good impression? Show up early, be eager to get involved with anything (e.g. checking the ambulance, cleaning, house chores), know when it's appropriate to ask questions (generally after you're transferred care and not in front of the patient or family) and when to keep your mouth shut, say "please" and "thank you" (not kidding). How do you get the guys to like you? You don't. You're not there for them to like you. They're not there for you to like them. You're there to learn. They've agreed to teach. That being said you don't want them to report back to your instructors that you're a jerk. Be respectful of them. Be polite. Be professional. Before the start of your shift talk with them and ask what their expectations are of you. Let them know what you'd like to do during the shift. If you happen to get along well then that's a bonus.
  2. Woah. Wow. If you said anything I totally missed it. Good luck on your interviews.
  3. You still in Baltimore area? Where are you interviewing?
  4. So the Coast Guard sent you to EMT school. Was this part of your job while in the military? If so, doesn't Texas have some sort of process for military vets who hold valid NR certifications to gain a state certification? It sounds insane that Texas would play this kind of game. It also sounds like your initial certifying "state" was the Coast Guard where you don't need any specific state certification if you have NR. If they refuse to play ball can you obtain certification in a neighboring state then apply for reciprocity? Failing that start asking why they're discriminating against a military veteran.
  5. Welcome. All the best with your pending exams.
  6. Please read your text carefully. Please think very carefully about what you've written. An educated opinion formulated by years of experience is worth much more than that of someone who is brand new to the game. You're right. It's your life. That being said please consider the well seasoned experience from people who have been doing this much longer than you. Pace yourself or you'll burn yourself out. And burned out is not a good place to be.
  7. If that's really what your instructors told you at the beginning of your class then it raises a lot of questions. EMT class is not rocket surgery. While the duration of the class (condensed classes over 2-4 weeks versus classes spread out over a few months) can affect the time you will spend studying and preparing making it your priority over everything else is neither healthy nor productive. You're young. Perhaps your naivete is more influential than you know. I recognize that your limited experience may affect they way you look at and view events in life. If any student elects to make their studies their priority in deference to everything else that is certainly their choice. However, understand that there are consequences to that decision. Nobody can be turned on to a particular topic all the time. My hope is that you recognize that early and avoid the burnout that inevitably comes with the attitude advocated by your instructors.
  8. Welcome. Interview questions depend on the person with whom you're meeting. I've had everything from general get to know you type questions to ethical scenarios. Some places will talk practice other places will assume you know what you're doing and not touch on it. Some places will mandate a written test, physical fitness test and/or background check. Others won't. Not terribly helpful but there's not a good way to answer your question. Hope the interview goes well.
  9. Welcome.
  10. Oh good. Another PA-C. That's a good thing.
  11. Welcome.
  12. EMT

    Welcome. EMT interview for a job? Or EMT interview to get into an EMT class? If for a class then it'll probably be some questions to try and figure out who you are and if you'd fit/do well in the program. If for a job it will vary wildly. Some places do a sit down interview along with a written test and fitness test. Some places will simply ask if you have a certification and when you can start. Preparing for an interview is like preparing for a test. Get a good night sleep before hand. Eat a good breakfast that day. Brush your teeth before going in. Or at least check and make sure you don't have part of your breakfast between your teeth. Dress well for the interview. This means no random uniform pieces. Business attire is appropriate unless they tell you otherwise. The biggest thing is to relax. You're interviewing them just like they're interviewing you. Be ready with questions to ask them. All the best.
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  14. It might. As mentioned you'll need to contact the State to see if there are any state restrictions that may be in effect. You'll also need to talk to any potential employer. Your trouble will more likely come from the employer's insurance carrier than it will from the State level. If the employer's insurance carrier says no you're out of luck. You may want to hire a lawyer and see if there are legal means to have it removed.
  15. Maybe it needs it's own thread...