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  1. Hey, All! I"m a paramedic student in Pittsburgh, Pa, and I graduate in June. When I graduate, I'd like to move to either North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida. I was just curious if anyone had any suggestions on decent places to work. I'm okay with busy (I've been an EMT for four-years, so I don't say that without experience), and I"m okay with not having the latest, and greatest of equipment. My primary concern is just being able to make a livable wage, where I would likely have a second part time job, and where the company treats employees well. I d
  2. I don't know what everyone's problem is, but thanks to you few, I've had just about enough of this site, and I sure as Hades will never turn to this site again for help. I said this in another post, it was a yes or no question. Instead, I've gotten nothing but condescending remarks, (implied) to be irresponsible when you don't even know me. I've always tried to not go into EMS with that A$$hole mentality, but clearly, that's the only one that works. You try to go in, and be polite, and learn, and people just push you aside, and make you feel like an idiot. I always thought the, "I know ev
  3. I found the pre-test online, much like I found the ACLS, and PHTLS online, but I found those answer keys online, also, quite easily on google. Before we run around implying irresponsibility of people, maybe we should read the entire post, and see my intentions, which, are quite responsible. But never mind. Are they? I don't know. I found the ACLS, and PHTLS online pretty easily. But the way this thread is going, I can't help but hear that in a sarcastic, and condescending manner. I was right. Condescending, and rude. This thread is why people are uncomfortable going to the
  4. Per Mr. Webster, a medic is, " one engaged in medical work or study; especially " So while colloquially, a medic is a paramedic, the reality is, there's nothing actually written to specify that, and if someone wants to get all bent out of shape about it, then they probably need to worry more about patient care than their title. Unless the guy is saying he is a "Paramedic", or heaven forbid, practicing above his scope of practice, it's not an issue. And in all reality, EMT-B, I, or P, 95% of your patients don't understand our colloquial language, and don't know that typically a medic i
  5. Hey, All. I'm posting this in hopes that someone can help me find an answer key for the AMLS PRE test. The reason why I'm looking for the answers are so I can go through, see what I got wrong, and what I got right, so when I go in for the class, I have a more firm idea of what I know vs what I think I know vs what I don't know. My issue, a lot of the questions and answers on the version 1.11 (is there an updated version?) don't really seem to make sense with each other. I even went through it with one of the physicians I work with who is respected, knows her stuff, and on the same
  6. Let me phrase this more appropriately, how there are SOME***, the way I phrased it, accidentally discredited the industry...my apologies!
  7. It's quite a shame how there are EMS/FF/Rescue folks out there who make decisions based on what they want to do, and not what needs done. I've safely pulled people out of damaged cars, with more serious injuries, and I personally have been seriously injured and pulled out of a vehicle. This, from the information we've received in the news report, shows a very serious lack of professional discretion.
  8. In reality, it's not an impossibility, but, like someone else said, without EMS management experience, it'll be tough....also, this isn't really the climate for new services to come out of. The established ones are fighting hard enough as it is for reimbursement.
  9. I couldn't possibly agree more. Maybe when you look at the administration which can get money hungry, but in general, most ER's I know would actually be okay with the idea of having a few patients not come in. Granted, this may be different for the contracted physicians, I'm not sure if I've worked with any or not, I've never asked, and most of the time when test are being over done, it's because they come from, say, a Level 1 trauma center, and are adjusting to a less acute facility, it's not been about the money. This is why I love Emergency Medicine (for the most part), volume isn't a huge
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