I read it all the time: “They need to pay us better.” But do they need to increase EMS pay? Across the board, there is a lack of professionalism in our industry. I spent several years working in the field before moving to the administrative side of the house. It was an eye-opening experience to say the least.
EMS instructor Tara Vlaun's advice to her first responder students includes: never stop learning; don’t get complacent; take care of your mental health; stay humble but confident.
Have you heard about Code Green? The nonprofit maintains a free database with nationwide resources anyone can access. It includes peer support resources, chaplains and licensed professional counselors all specifically trained to work with first responders.
We'd like to introduce you to EMS instructor Russ Ruszczyk, NRP, who teaches several of our classes at Distance CME. Take one of our EMT/BLS and paramedic/ALS refresher classes to watch him in action.
Community paramedicine is a model that allows paramedics and EMTs to work in a public health role that targets underserved populations and those in rural locations where access to healthcare is limited. Each state has their own regulations, but CPs generally partner with primary care physicians and public health organizations.
A body of research suggests a link between Alzheimer’s disease and type 3 diabetes based on many factors, including insulin resistance and brain cognition. Learn more about this new diabetes development from the experts.
One of the things you should examine is how the material is presented. A live online paramedic refresher course is generally a better option than a recorded online course.
It's important to remember people react to you based on judgments about your real life and your digital life. What you share on social media networks forms your personal and professional EMS reputation and brand.
The debate over whether to give EMS providers bullet proof vests is a crucial one to the safety of first responders. But, we man need more data around the subject in order to get legislation passed or convince private EMS outfits to equip their providers with bullet proof vests.