Welcome to Thursday isms! In these videos, Scott McConnell, RN, BSN, CEN, NRP, EMS-I, and Distance CME co-founder, discusses various maxims of the EMS profession and dolls out some EMS advice. These maxims are sometimes serious, sometimes comical. But, no matter their nature, we hope you’ll find them helpful, or at least entertaining.

In this edition of Thursday isms, Scott went over some user-submitted maxims and EMS advice.

The first ism, CHAOS, an acronym for Chief Has Arrived On Scene, was definitely intended to crack a smile. To become the chief of an EMS unit, you have to know what you’re doing – but that doesn’t mean your employees, no matter how good of EMS providers they are, won’t feel a little nervous with their boss on the scene.

The second ism: the dullest pencil is better than the sharpest memory. A solid piece of EMS advice. This is certainly a trap most people, EMS or not, have fallen into. You think, ‘my memory is good enough, I don’t need to write this down.’ Then, a few hours a later, you find yourself scratching your head, wondering what it was you should have written down in the first place. Don’t fall into this trap! Always carry paper with a pen or pencil. You’re going to need to take notes, and you’ll have too many things going on to remember it all.

The third and final ism for today: your brain will only retain what your butt will endure. Studying is obviously a valuable way to learn, but so is experience. And, in EMS, some of the knowledge you need for your job can only be learned in the field.

Thanks for tuning in for this edition of Thursday isms! We hope they provided some levity to your day and gave you a thing-or-two to think about.

For more EMS advice, check out the other articles on the Distance CME blog!