You need to meet Amanda Page, NR-P, FP-C, one of our lead critical care instructors since 2016, and an EMS education provider since 2011.
She is a dedicated and talented clinician who currently works as a flight paramedic for Life Flight Network, based in Aurora, Ore.
A veteran first responder with 17 years of experience, Page enjoys teaching critical care education topics related to pediatrics, OB and the ventilator.
As someone who is very much into the outdoor lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest, on her days off she can be found near the woods and waters where she likes to hike, camp and water ski. And, she keeps her two Old English Sheepdog/Poodle mix dogs right by her side.
Want to sign up for one of Page’s classes? She currently teaches the following course: Critical Care Transport Review.
Here are a few questions we asked her about the profession and what it’s like to teach EMS classes for Distance CME.
Q: Why do you love teaching critical care education?
A: I had an amazing paramedic instructor. He was able to spark curiosity in the students and make us think critically.
Critical thinking is the key to providing great patient care. I want to inspire clinicians to practice better medicine rather than to simply fall back on the traditional approach of monkey see, monkey do, which is commonly taught in paramedic school.
Q: What is something one of your students has taught you?
A: That I definitely have not seen or done everything.
That’s the best thing about teaching from an online platform. You get an idea of how different systems function throughout the country and world, which is very eye-opening.
Q: What does it take to rise above and become a highly successful paramedic or EMT?
A: Maintaining a constant level of curiosity helps clinicians continually improve. People who are always asking themselves, “Why?” or “How could I have done better?” will naturally rise above the crowd.
There is a plethora of Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) resources, which help broaden your knowledge base so you can perform better in the field.
Q: What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome in your profession, and how have you managed to get through it?
A: In EMS, there aren’t a lot of avenues to continually grow. People tend to become comfortable where they are at or leave and move on to an entirely new profession.
I didn’t want to become a good medic and then become stagnant or complacent. So, I started to look for opportunities to learn more about the field and sharpen my skills.
This was hugely beneficial because when a flight position opened up, I had the knowledge that set me apart from other candidates.
If you’re wondering what kind of knowledge, think about advanced knowledge of pre-hospital trauma, such as ALS for OB patients or neonatal resuscitation. I would take every opportunity to make rounds in the NICU and OR because it helped broaden my knowledge of specialized skills needed for the job I do now.
Q: What are the top two questions you get from students?
A: How do I get a flight job? My response to them is to gain as much experience as possible, work in urban and rural settings, and acquire 911 and interfacility experience.
Be curious and learn about every aspect of EMS and critical care medicine. If you are willing to take the time and gain this type of experience, it will set you apart from other job applicants.
The other question I get from students is where can I learn more on this topic? My response is to start digging around with FOAM. It’s a great resource.
There are tons of great emergency medicine blogs and podcasts to choose from. Just Google “Free Open Access Meducation,” then start searching for specific topics that interest you.
The search results will include plenty of peer-reviewed articles, so you can trust the information.
Q: Do you think there is a bright future for people in the paramedicine profession?
A: I believe our industry needs some change. Many EMS systems have become overwhelmed with call volume, poor staffing and inadequate resources. However, I also see a lot of people working to find creative changes for these problems.
Paramedics and EMS providers are industrious people used to working with limited resources. If we use those talents and attitudes, we can make the needed changes.
We have every reason to think the unique qualities that draw people into EMS will be the same qualities that drive the industry forward.