Dustdevil Posted June 4, 2008 Share Posted June 4, 2008 Ummm...if we become more educated then maybe our protocols will change to guidelines. Exactly. The people who don't understand the difference that education makes are thinking back-arsewards. Education is not to be tailored to match protocols, because protocols are tailored to match the education. The reason our scope of practice is a simple book of instructions today is because our educational preparation is insufficient to justify anything more. And the people who don't get that never will, until such time that they come to quit thinking of EMS as a skills-based labour job, and start to see it as a medical profession. As a medical profession, we become assessment based, not skills based. They simply cannot envision such a thing because up to this point, they have always lived and died by the cookbook. And they think "it works for us!", but they know nothing else. And they never will know anything else until they get an education. When the field as a whole (not just one out of every thousand medics) has a significant educational preparation for the profession, the scope of practice will reflect that. Cookbooks will disappear and clinical judgement will be the order of the day. Then we will see what difference it makes in our treatment modalities. My recommendation is to not waste your time banging your head against a brick wall trying to even discuss it with people who you are unable to convince that IT'S NOT ABOUT SKILLS! If they can't get past that one point, then there is no hope whatsoever of them ever understanding the rest of your argument. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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