Greetings from New Zealand! I am applying for a research fellowship to allow me to travel to North America and look at paramedics employed in hospital based roles. New Zealand, like many developed countries, is forecast to have a shortage of doctors and nurses in the coming decades. There is no one solution to this but I am interested in whether a partial solution maybe the utilisation of paramedics in non-traditional hospital based roles.
The education of paramedics in NZ has come a long way in the last 20+ years. When I first started in EMS in the early 1990's the training of ambulance staff could be measured in weeks. Now most paramedics have a three year undergraduate paramedic degree, which has considerable overlap with the three year undergraduate nursing degree held by RN's.
What I am trying to identify is sites within the USA and/or Canada that would be suitable for me to visit and observe models of care using paramedics within hospitals. My first preference would be hospitals that employ paramedics as paramedics, rather than ED technicians. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.