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.

Thursday isms and EMS advice

In this edition of Thursday isms, we had a good mixture of humorous quips and serious advice for EMS providers. Let’s spend a few more minutes discussing the more serious points here.

When you’ve had normal day, try not to bring your work to the family dinner table. If you have kids, the things you see on duty may not be great for them to hear. But, if you really NEED to get something off your chest, make time sit down with your spouse, partner, parents, or whoever you can trust. Talking about your feeling in the appropriate setting with the right person can do wonders for your mental health.

If you’d like to learn more about way to cope with the strain and stress of the job, check out our page dedicated to EMS stress. With a free e-book and webinar created by a veteran EMS provider, it offer great advice for helping EMS with the stress of the job.

The second ism: if it felt good saying it, it was probably not the right thing to say. Anyone who has worked with patients, or even just customer service, has felt this way before. But holding your tongue in these situations is the best way to go. Firstly, it’s far more professional. Secondly, the person upsetting you is having one of the worst days of their lives. Whether their the patient or a loved one of the patient, calling 9-1-1 was not what they wanted from their day. In these circumstances, a little empathy can go a long way.