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    Continuing education between an EMT and Paramedic.

    Taiilor (two I's?), my start in EMS was similar to yours. Volunteering in EMS -- if that's an option where you live -- is a good way to gain experience.
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    Continuing education between an EMT and Paramedic.

    Not true. There are two parts to this: One is taking ACLS or PALS and the other is being licensed to use what you learn. Just because you can't practice at an ALS level doesn't mean you can't take those courses. I've refreshed my ACLS and PALS certifications many times with students who were...
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    How do I ask for job details, what is acceptable, etc?

    The resume issue is tricky. Ideally, a resume helps you get hired, but if you have nothing of interest to put on a resume, you might be better off skipping it unless you're asked for one. A general rule for job hunting is, accentuate the positives and don't advertise the negatives. As for...
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    How do I ask for job details, what is acceptable, etc?

    Things that are good to do for interviews: - Be early. - Wear neat, clean business apparel. - Bathe. - Research the prospective employer and come with a couple of questions that show you've done that research. - Project sanity and dependability. - Bring your resume if you have one. Things that...
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    Changing careers - what to put on an EMT-B resume?

    Average, I think you're asking the right questions about your resume. Although you have exceptional business experience, the stuff you've written about being an EMT is pretty unexceptional. That's not a knock on you; I'm just comparing your EMS skills and experience to other EMTs. I realize...
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    Question on Paramedic schools

    I went through the Stony Brook program with two of your fellow sailors. No complaints, other than having to do what I was told to :).
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    How has being in EMS changed you?

    More like, I'm ok with doing things that carry greater risks than what I did before EMS.
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    How has being in EMS changed you?

    I don't understand the first question. As for not getting out of bed for less than 12, I guess each of us has to set our own limits, but it's possible to earn less, yet feel better about what we're doing. I think DrParasite's point was to make up your mind about that stuff, live with your...
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    How has being in EMS changed you?

    I think what StCEMT meant is to follow through on a risk-tolerant mindset by making riskier investments with higher potential returns and consequences. Plenty of people do that, and it's certainly one way of trying to grow one's assets. As for salaries, I agree little is accomplished by idly...
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    How has being in EMS changed you?

    That's fine for generic advice, but it doesn't really address a career change from the corporate world to EMS, accompanied by a salary cut of 80%. I'm not complaining; just answering the OP's question.
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    How has being in EMS changed you?

    I'd say EMS made me more risk-tolerant -- probably not a good thing. The biggest, most quantifiable change, though, is that EMS made me poorer.
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    Narrative vs entire PCR

    I think you're raising two separate but related issues. One is collection and interpretation of information that tells you something about your employees' performance. The other is how you use and present that information. I think it's perfectly acceptable -- even imperative -- to find a...
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    Paramedic field internship

    I don't know of a way to eliminate all nervousness in the situation you'll be in. Maybe cut yourself some slack and acknowledge nervousness is normal when the stakes are high. Learn to work with some nervousness. Understand that nervousness is helping to keep you awake and focused. There's a lot...
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    Paramedic field internship

    I agree with all of the above suggestions. I'll just add, don't criticize anyone from anywhere, even if you hear your preceptors doing that.
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    Narrative vs entire PCR

    So how do you figure out if your medics know what they're doing?
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    Paramedic Student Advise

    Suggestions? Sure: 1. Consider your age an advantage. You have life experience that should help you cope with the challenges ahead. 2. It certainly doesn't hurt to have significant experience as an AEMT, but don't make the mistake of assuming it's enough to get you through the program without...
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    Patient’s name in your narrative?

    Not a big deal either way, but there's a spot for the patient's name at the top of the PCR. After that, "pt" is shorter than most last names.
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    Alert and Oriented in relationship to GCS Scoring

    Eli, can you cite any research that confirms GCS accuracy? Are you claiming its principal benefit is shorter hospital reports? Here's one study that raises questions about use of GCS: https://read.qxmd.com/read/25489727/glasgow-coma-scale-scoring-is-often-inaccurate
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    I'm done with being a Paramedic....now what?

    I don't think separating one's identity from EMS has much to do with self-glorification. I think it's more a matter of finding other avenues for self-fulfillment. When I got into EMS after 18 years in the corporate world, it didn't feel glorious -- just more fulfilling. I felt I was doing...
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