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  1. OceanBossMan263

    COVID VACCINE

    In NY the state reached out to all paramedics seeking help giving the vaccine at state sites. There is some training involved but it's more about procedure.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    When you're not sure if you're going into keto flu from your new low carb diet or actually caught Covid because you find out you had an exposure last week... Getting tested today.
  3. OceanBossMan263

    COVID VACCINE

    There is also the option of using tax credits or other financial maneuvering to encourage the private business to get on board. Doesn't all have to be cash up front.
  4. OceanBossMan263

    COVID VACCINE

    I'm in NY where the process is being run, well like it's being run by the State. Website crashes at almost every turn, not prepared for the traffic. Appointments being cancelled because doses are being diverted to other facilities. They opened up 1A and they had their own time for a bit, but...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Yup. Places want part timers around for a smaller stipend than a full paid force. Sometimes a minimal crew or just drivers. Sometimes the call volume doesn't justify having someone 24/7 but it is beneficial during certain hours. Paid EMS responders are a regular thing near me. Many fire...
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    North Carolina

    I have family in the area, which makes it a more attractive location to relocate than some others, as it won't be a complete unknown for our family My full-time job now is in code enforcement and fire/building inspection, which is also on the table. I'm currently going through the pre-approval...
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    Need some guidance plz! Recently been arrested, but yet convicted. EMT an option anymore???

    I doubt anyone would be interested right now, at least for an on-the-road position. In the future, you are still likely to be asked the story of your conviction at interviews. So if you plea to or are convicted of a lower charge, you'll still need to provide details. Best advice I can give in...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Private company or government agency? Building is unfit for occupancy. Call in the Building Department.
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    Who carries a med kit in their vehicle off-duty?

    I had no idea you were on the cast of Chicago Fire! But seriously, I have some basic bleeding control stuff, tourniquet, and pocket face mask and gloves in a little bag in my trunk. Work car (building inspector) I have a pocket face mask because I happened to have a ton of them.
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    North Carolina

    I'd be leaving Long Island, so the COL would probably still be a net positive
  11. OceanBossMan263

    North Carolina

    Bumping this up. Considering a move to the Charlotte area (Northern suburbs) in the next 2 years and researching jobs. If anyone works for Mecklenburg EMS or for any of the surrounding counties, or Atrium Health since I see that they use medics in the ER and for event coverage, please DM me with...
  12. OceanBossMan263

    NY EMT-CC to Paramedic Bridge Course

    Update: Third Cohort has completed the program and been accepted for state testing. I tested and became certified yesterday. Covid put us on an unexpected break for about a month (luckily giving more time to study cardiology) and then the module exams which were previously proctored at local...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I notice the paramedic books added a blurb about it now, but I'll just reemphasize that hyperemesis gravidarum is simply awful. The wife is dealing with it for the second time in as many pregnancies and is gearing up for home IV service of up to 2L or D5 in Ringers a day. And since they assign a...
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    Accepted to RN bridge!

    That is definitely going to hurt them. What else will hurt is the realization after the last 2 semesters by the mainstream programs that there is a lot of learning that can be accomplished remotely. It's not out of the question for most if not all didactic material to be delivered remotely with...
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    Accepted to RN bridge!

    Has anyone currently enrolled in the Excelsior program gotten the low down on their new clinical education component? I see that they are adding some clinical education, but will also be voluntarily pulling out of ACEN, but retaining accreditation through Middle States and NYS Board of Regents
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    What things do you do to avoid boredom?

    Worked our way through entire series on Netflix and other streaming apps. Blacklist, Walking Dead, Ozark, Teen Wolf. My wife even managed not to kill me while pointing out ridiculousness in Chicago Fire. In that vein, 9-1-1 is next on the list. She may have watched the entirely of Gilmore Girls...
  17. OceanBossMan263

    COVID VACCINE

    Frustrating being on social media and seeing people in healthcare being so adamant about not wanting the vaccine, expressing displeasure with proposed state mandates, etc. I hope their resumes are in order. I'll be getting it as soon as allowed.
  18. OceanBossMan263

    What has changed since you started?

    Still going... not slapping a collar and board on everyone who was within 10 feet of a vehicle collision common sense use of medicines available OTC to our patients- aspirin, ibuprofen, tylenol since covid (at least in NY)... the ability to tell a patient he doesn't need the hospital and...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I wish my 9-5 operated this way. My real job is in building inspection in a municipality with around 2500 employees. My department of ~125 was mostly on quarantine for 2 weeks due to 2-3 positives among the staff. We received over $100 million in federal grants for covid expenses, have a EMS...
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    Stopping/reversing dramatic weight gain

    I recently started low carb combined with intermittent fasting. Keep carbs under ~55 g per day, eat only between noon and 8pm (except Sundays 8am so I can enjoy an egg white omelet). Lost 12 lbs in just under a month, very noticeable in the face and chest. Lots of water, black coffee or tea...

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