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    COVID VACCINE

    I'm curious about how you've been able to overcome being completely deaf to work as a firefighter/emt?
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    Do we have a responsibility to share potential fees with patients?

    We don't itemize, but the documented procedures/medications are how our billing company determines what level to bill at..
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    COVID VACCINE

    Mine hit hard like a truck, but it was only really for the first day. Day 1 felt like the worst flu I've ever had, I went to bed with all the blankets I had and didn't move for about 14 hours.. The next few days were like a bad head cold with an annoying cough and then it's been pretty much...
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    COVID VACCINE

    So, I got my first dose of the vaccine at the end of December, then a week later I got COVID.. Lucky me, lol
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    Accepted to RN bridge!

    Sadly, it's covid time.. I only get three clinical shifts, weeks 5-7, and we have little control over where we're going.. :/
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    Accepted to RN bridge!

    Ramping up for next semester, tuition due tomorrow and class starts next week. I have two 7 week blocks of peds then psych, and my last pharm class runs through the whole semester..
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    Accepted to RN bridge!

    Years ago before hybrid/blended online courses became so popular, excelsior was probably the only real option for medics. Now, pretty much every RN program has a blended track which only requires 1-2 days per week in person. Anyone with a flexible schedule should be able to commit to that...
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    What has changed since you started?

    All great answers above. I'd add a move towards customer service. When I first started ('98), the bulk of our runs were moderate-high acuity and performing ALS care was the norm. Unfortunately, like much of public safety, we've changed from only responding to emergencies and doing emergency...
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    Coronavirus Discussion Thread

    Our medical director works at a major local hospital. She said the docs were told "all hands on deck" to take care of inpatient units.. This included among other things, ER docs staffing their patients on the floor and... wait for it... dermatology residents working on gen med floors..
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    Need some guidance plz! Recently been arrested, but yet convicted. EMT an option anymore???

    I’d be surprised if a employment background check returned arrest records instead of or in addition to convictions, but I’ve been surprised before. Either way, an OVI conviction is significantly worse than a plea to a reduced charge, and reduced charge convictions don’t preclude you from being...
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    Need some guidance plz! Recently been arrested, but yet convicted. EMT an option anymore???

    No, your record will show a conviction for whatever reduced charge you can plea to. 1. Stop drinking and driving - period. 2. Pony up the cash for a good DUI lawyer. Most first time DUI offenses can be reduced. The reduction may not sound like much, and it'll still be expensive and...
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    Stopping at Still Alarms with Patient On Board?

    ? It’s still a regional thing. No one in this area uses that term.
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    Stopping at Still Alarms with Patient On Board?

    If you ask the fire dogs, I stopped being a fireman when I took my EMS coordinator spot.. Except for the handful of working fires I've made entry into or the training fires I've used my fire instructor card on since being on admin... Got pulled into shift overtime a few weeks ago and the crew...
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    Stopping at Still Alarms with Patient On Board?

    Could be a regional thing, I've not heard of it before either.. <shrug>
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    Coronavirus Discussion Thread

    I don’t forget those, I was a medic through all of them. None of them were as impactful nor did any of them require the same extreme measures to try to slow the spread.

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