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EMTCOWGIRL

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  1. This has become my favorite part of patient care. One of the first things to go when you become ill is often your dignity. You become very accustomed to foregoing your privacy and being treated like a number. So i am always careful to treat them with dignity and respect. Anytime I transport a patient to a VA Hospital I thank them for their service to our country and the sacrifice they made to do so. From the moment I introduce myself I call them by name and am careful to treat the patient not the illness. I agree that it is important to say goodbye to the patient in whatever manner is app
  2. LOL! I know right? Thanks Systemet. I really didn't intend to start a mine is bigger than yours debate. I just want to perform well at my job. I love what I do. I love PT care and being on the front lines of health care and I will do whatever it takes to be able to continue. The reason I want to work for this company is because of their reputation. EMS is my passion, getting paid for it is just a bonus.
  3. Thanks for the kudos. Unfortunately, women in EMS have a reputation for using FF and LE as an excuse not to pull their own weight. I fully believe that this lift test is so hard for exactly that reason. Many of us however would like to change that. Thanks for the advice AC....I will start with the leg press tomorrow. Appreciate the encouragement.
  4. OK guys, let me clarify. The company I work for now required a 175 dead weight lift. They started it at 75 pounds and added weight in increments of 25. I passed that fine. I load 300 pound patients into the ambulance on a daily basis. All of us do, it's the age of the bariatric PT. I also have a problem with people who can't (or won't) lift their share of the weight. I workout regularly at an MMA gym doing kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to stay in shape. This company I failed the test with is putting a 210-220 pound dummy on a long backboard which everyone of us lifted fin
  5. Help! I failed the agility test for an ambulance company I really want to work for. I did everything perfectly until they asked us to lift a 210 pound dummy with a 50 pound sandbag on his chest on a LBB. I could do it fine w/o the sandbag. With it I couldn't get it more than a foot off the ground. I have 5 weeks to retake it. Any suggestions on workouts/muscle groups to work on?
  6. Help! I failed the agility test for an ambulance company I really want to work for. I did everything perfectly until they asked us to lift a 210 pound dummy with a 50 pound sandbag on his chest on a LBB. I could do it fine w/o the sandbag. With it I couldn't get it more than a foot off the ground. I have 5 weeks to retake it. Any suggestions on workouts/muscle groups to work on?

    1. scubanurse

      scubanurse

      legs... work your quads and hamstrings... core muscles as well... lift with your legs not your back

    2. tniuqs

      tniuqs

      I will volunteer as your dummy .. just need to find another 60 lbs or so .

      Seriously if you are trainng for one test, train doing te test .

    3. Chief1C

      Chief1C

      I would ask for a radio, and call for lifting assistance. Because the number one time-loss injury is EMS... Is back injuries.

  7. Houston is about 2 hrs from me....tell me about the heat....the a/c went out at the station yesterday and it was 90 degrees inside...ready for a break for sure, would love some rain. The good thing about being here tho is soon we will have 9 mos of great weather. I have question for y'all. Why are so many of these nurses so freaking rude. Sometimes you have to practically beg to get your paperwork signed....they have this ..." I'll get to you when I'm damn ready" thing going on...its ridiculous. Anyone else have this problem?
  8. EMTCOWGIRL

    CPR HD

    Has anyone heard of or been practicing the CPR HD protocol. I learned it today it was a really amazing efficient way to work a STEMI. The focus is to decrease prolonged interruptions of chest compressions. It's an organized plan where everybody knows exactly what they are supposed to be doing and gives the PT the best chance of recovering neurologically intact. The PT we used it on had missed a dialysis appt. and had a laundry list of other Rx's and we got him back. We took him to a destination currently practicing hypothermic treatment of ROSC PT's and he's doing really well. It was ver
  9. I agree...rig checks are essential...especially for me, not only because I'm new but because I am considered overstaff and will be working out of several different stations until I get an assignment. It's amazing how diverse these stations are, including their rigs. Everything from the complete cluster**** on the vambulance, to a fairly organized box truck, to the awesome 'sprinter' ambulance at my last station that had labels on every cabinet. I hope I work out of this last station a lot. Very organized and professional. Made all the difference.
  10. Thanks everybody. I'm really glad I found the City. I have had a great couple of days since my bitchy preceptor. I've decided to let it roll off. I love this job and I've worked hard to get here. Not just studying and passing Nat. Reg. Acadian has one of the hardest PT tests in the field including a dead weight lift of 175 pounds. I have wanted this career for a long time and would have lifted the box truck if they'd have asked me to. It's amazing how one person can jack you up when you don't have confidence yet but I have fully recovered and look forward to learning more every day. I
  11. Thanks guys! Am I an asshole? I won't deny I have the potential. =) But not at my job with a preceptor. I totally came in humble and ready to learn. This aint my first rodeo. I know when your the FNG you gotta do your time and give respect and that's what I did. Fortunately, the situation worked itself out. The next day I had a different preceptor and she asked me how things went the day before. When I hesitated she said she had a reason for asking and to be honest, so I was. Apparently they've had several complaints already. So she emailed corporate for me to disregard the review.
  12. Yesterday was my second ride out on the job...was really nervous but trying to control it. I was riding with a paramedic and an EMT. The EMT was really cool, the paramedic less so. We got a PT who had overdosed on Benedryl. When we got her in the vambulance we were driving (their box was being repaired) she started asking me for things out of the ALS bag. She spoke softly and I had to keep asking her to repeat herself and I could tell it was irritating her. I didn't know half of the things she wanted and then she asked me to spike the IV bag and flush the IV. Her EMT has been doing this
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