I anxiously awaited the start of my class. It was 5:40, and the doors should have been opening momentarily. I was excited, nervous and scared -- all at once. After more than six years at JEMS, six years of considering getting my EMT certification, I officially went from EMS editor to EMT student.
Apparently, this class was a first for our instructor as well because every single person on the roster showed up. (The potential student next to me had hoped otherwise.) My classmates come from all walks of life: military personnel, former military personnel, two guys who admitted to "making bad choices" in the (recent?) past and about umpteen young women who want to become PAs. And since it's a night class, the students have a range of responsibilities and experiences. It's not going to be a walk in the park to be No. 1, which is the goal I was given by former JEMS Technical Editor Fred Wurster. (Thanks Fred!)
We all showed the instructor our CPR cards (the healthcare provider variety. No standard layperson stuff here.) We then went and purchased uniforms (Well, most of us did. They were out of pants for smaller women so I'm off to the Dickie's outlet later.) I'm sure others would disagree, but I think it's good that we have to wear uniforms; it levels the playing field, and it gets us ready for field care.
We had to go around and introduce ourselves. I left out the part about working for JEMS because I don't want everyone to know, at least not at first. I don't want them to think I'm something special because in this class, I'm just one of the students trying to get my 120 hours.
It's going to be a fun, challenging, eye-opening experience. And I can't wait to share it with my fellow JEMS Connecters.
Wish me luck! (Oh, and please comment with any tips you have for passing this class, mastering the skills, ace'ing exams, etc.)