When kids approach you and say, "I want to be just like you when I grow up," what do you tell them about the EMS profession?

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You tell them how amazing it can be.....leave out the rest! :)

Don't tell them you get to give shots. ;-)

FYI: EMS Today speaker Keith Widmeier will be discussing this at 3:45 p.m. on March 8 at EMS Today. Sign up at www.emstoday.com.

Kids tend to run when you tell them you shock people as well! :)

I tell them that I love my job even after 26 years. I also tell them it takes it's toll on your body and mind because of the type of jobs we go to. I mention it's one of the worse pay jobs in the Emergency Services and in Health Care.

If they want to become wealthy then they should look at becoming a doctor.

If they want lots of career options both in their own country and abroad then they should become a nurse.

But, if they want to have the excitement of the unpredictability of health care from serious trauma to holding a little old ladies hand who has social needs then there's not greater job that EMS.

I tell them that it is one of the most rewarding jobs out there, but not that great of pay. If you are in it for the money, you are in the wrong profession. If you are a thrill seeker with a strong back, stomach, mind, and sense of humor, EMS is the way to go. I also tell them to leave your emotions at the door. No matter what uglies we see, we must not let that affect patient care. When you return home from your shift, do not share info, as your family probably doesn't understand. I tell them that sometimes I wish my head could forget what my eyes have seeen....but somehow I still come back for more every shift. I love my job...wouldn't trade it for the world, but if you are in it for the money, you better keep job hunting. Take pride in what you do, and remember "Love your job, and you'll never work a day in your life."

EMT Tyler Reinemann
Rotterdam EMS.

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