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#16 Curiosity

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:12 AM

Thank you. I know this doesn't have one correct answer. It's a stupid scenario to give.

I was wondering what exactly the interviewers were look for as an answer. Patient care or rules. Around here, as sad as it is, rules are what matter to them. If a patient dies, but the rules are followed, then their butts are covered. Unfortunately, my conscious is not.
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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:11 PM

Thank you. I know this doesn't have one correct answer. It's a stupid scenario to give.

I was wondering what exactly the interviewers were look for as an answer. Patient care or rules. Around here, as sad as it is, rules are what matter to them. If a patient dies, but the rules are followed, then their butts are covered. Unfortunately, my conscious is not.


I would always choose patient care, if the rules are directing you away from it. I'm not suggestiing you suggest titrating oxygen therapy in an MI if your local protocols clearly state that they want 100% FiO2; or that you decide not to C-spine someone presenting without deficits with a series of anterior abdominal stab wounds, if they clearly state they want these patients in c-spine. Just that if you're presented with a situation where there's a clear disagreement between some SOP and good patient care that you go for patient care.

A decent employer should be looking for attitude and personal attributes as a very high priority. If they're looking to retain people for 10 years + and they're a quality system, they can train someone inexperienced and mentor them. But if you come in day one with no critical thinking skills and a terrible attitude, it's not going to be worth their time, even if you bring a lot of experience. At least, that's how I see it --- to be clear, I've never had any HR responsibilities. A good service should get enough people applying for a position that they can afford to be picky.

That being said, a lot of employers in EMS aren't good employers. A lot of them expect to lose 50% or more of their new hires over a 5-10 year period. A lot of regions don't have a lot of paramedics, and might have trouble getting more than 5 candidates for 20 spots, so you never know.

Good luck.
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#18 Curiosity

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:52 PM

I passed the interview!!! Now to a second informal interview with the chief! So excited :)
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

Any progress, when is the next interview? Whenever it is, Good Luck with it.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:03 PM

Second interview done. It went well I think. Offers go out next week. Fingers crossed.
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