I have 30 years of EMS/ER experience. My last job was a staff nurse in a rural Emergency Department. I served as a preceptor for EMT,Paramedic and nursing students. I began ny career as an EMT and worked in the field. I always went to bat for the EMS and FD personnel when my fellow coworkers would start riding EMS or FD's case about something stupid. I always told my fellow coworkers that until they had worked out in the field, in the rain, mud, snow and ice, extricating, carrying people out of God knows where to get to their unit that they needed to be quiet. I always encouraged them to go and ride some shifts with the EMS units so that they could get a taste of how it was to go none stop on calls, missing meals, etc. I volunteered many years ago as a dispatcher, in the 1970's. At that time, there was no paramedic in the county so I would keep my scanner on, respond to MVA's, etc., crawl in cars with the patients to start IV;s, etc. until they could get them out of their mangled metal.
EMT certificate/nursing school
While working a hellacious weekend in the ER, I started having some soreness in my leg and blew it off for two days, thinking that I had gotten a charlie horse in my leg during the 4 hours of sleep that I got in between shifts. It turned out to be a DVT. While off work for that, I was involved in a freak accident which tore my ACL, and injured my back. I had a 2nd degree subluxation of my lumbar vertebrae and have had two spinal surgeries. I also had a second DVT, so now I am retired due to medical disability. I miss my work so much. My daughter, however, without any pressure from me, decided that she wants to be a flight nurse, and is currently in EMT school. So I can mentor her when she has questions, etc.
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I Love Being in EMS Because
I loved saving lives, the fast pace, the holding of someone's hand during their crisis and telling them they were going to make it. Of course, there were the tough cases, the codes that didn't make it, the pediatric codes due to child abuse, drownings, etc. But I would always say to everyone that you had to learn something new everyday; that just because you had finished shcool and become an EMT, paramedic or nurse that it didn't mean that you stopped learning.
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