scubanurse

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About scubanurse

  • Birthday 08/26/1987

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  • Occupation BScN, RN, CEN

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  1. Hello

    Welcome! It does sound like you have a full plate!
  2. Looks like we survived another season

    It's hitting us super late here in Denver... poor guys!
  3. New to site and EMS, hello!

    Welcome! I hated driving, despised it actually so I always attended and let my partner drive. Likely hated it because I had been in a pretty bad wreck as a passenger and just hated having that responsibility. My suggestion is to take your time when they put you through the course, ask questions, and if you don't feel ready--tell them that. Don't drive unless you feel 100% comfortable. It is a huge responsibility and it shouldn't be taken lightly.
  4. Update Feedback Requested

    Not having any issues here Nice upgrade boss!
  5. EMS career in the works..

    As a former medic and current ER nurse, I can tell you that you can do both. I am actually about to start back with getting my EMT-B since I was silly and let everything lapse several years ago. I am going back to get my EMT and then my paramedic so that I can do flights. I've worked in the ER for a few years now and plan to transition to the ICU in a year or two. 1) I started in EMS because like all, I wanted to help people. I had a friend in high school who told me about becoming a junior member, and it sounded fun and cool. 12 years later, I'm still in emergency medicine. 2) I regret letting my certifications laps when I was younger. I moved to Colorado where EMT-I/99 wasn't really recognized and so I gave it all up for nursing. While I absolutely freaking love being a nurse, I miss EMS and being out in the field more. 3) If you continue and get your P, get your RN, the opportunities are endless. There are always jobs out there for either one, and especially for both. You could do flights, you could work in a trauma center, you could work in ground transport, you could do anything really. Good luck and like Mike said, keep getting the pre-req's for nursing while finishing your EMS stuff, you'll thank him for that advice at some point.
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    Welcome
  7. question

    Not a grammar Nazi, they just mean two very different things.
  8. question

    who couldn'tcare less There is an image that the public has of a health care provider, and a sloppy hair style usually does not fit that style.
  9. https://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/psychomotor_exam_emt.asp Here is a list of the skills you are expected to complete for the NREMT Basic exam.
  10. Why do we transport dead people?

    I like the idea a lot. I don't have a whole lot of free time with an infant, school, and work, but I'm happy to help out in any way you need. I imagine maybe each chapter being a different topic, like "Field Pronouncement" and then the chapter discusses our experiences pronouncing patients in the field and tips for talking with the families?
  11. Why do we transport dead people?

    What you're describing is how I imagine it should be. We often bring the family into the room as we're doing our last round with the chaplain and the doc steps back with the primary nurse and describes everything we did and when we get to the next pulse check, we call it and give the family time. We had one family recently get very very hysterical because they thought since the paramedics were taking her to the hospital, we were going to save them and that just isn't the case most of the time. Do you think most field providers are uncomfortable having that discussion with families, especially those who haven't run many codes in their careers. It seems like we have a lot of new medics lately and I'm wondering if there is a correlation.
  12. Why do we transport dead people?

    I agree 100% with you ruff, even that first paragraph. I was hoping this would be more of a discussion on field pronouncements, but oh well. Our local protocols have very liberal allowances to call codes in the field, yet it is hardly done and I am trying to figure out why. Are field providers uncomfortable having the death discussion at the home? Is it a CYA situation? I've asked a few of the medics lately and one was bluntly honest and said they needed the practice and he hadn't run a code in a while. I 100% appreciated and respected his honesty. Others have said that there were too many unknowns to call in the field, which I don't really buy.
  13. Why do we transport dead people?

    That is a special and quite frankly uncommon situation that I agree would warrant a trip to the ED. I'm trying to get more at the grandma found down at 5 in the morning, in asystole and getting transported to the ED with an unknown down time. Those are far more common calls to run than hypothermic arrests. @paramedicmike @Ruffmeister Paramedic I'm curious your opinions on this?
  14. Why do we transport dead people?

    What causes of asystole can be reversed in the hospital? Especially with a downtime of 20+ minutes from on scene to in the hospital?