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  1. Eir

    Social Media Advice

    Isn't an opinion a form of bias? My point was when you use an example with a lot of baggage, you draw clarity away from the point you're trying to make. That same example could be used to illustrate both "be careful what you share on social media" and "why I think #metoo is bad." It reads more...
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    Social Media Advice

    This example would have been much more effective without the strong bias. Maybe pick a less inflammatory example?
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    What is the difference between a "Certificate" and a "Degree" with regards to employment?

    My school does this. The degree program consists of the certificate program with carefully-selected general studies classes added on. But certainly be clear on what you're getting before giving away your money.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Close, there is also the one about underwear.
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    To Degree or Not to Degree. That is The Question.

    The psychology BS program I was in included a required stats class, a required junior-level research methods class, and a required writing-intensive senior capstone class. If we want paramedics doing research in and advancing our field, we should train them to do it. My paramedic program...
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    To Degree or Not to Degree. That is The Question.

    The U.S. seems to have lost interest in trying to be a first world country. I'm working on my two-year paramedic degree now, though I'm 35 and ten years out of my first, unrelated, college experience. Maybe it's just my program, but there seems to be a disconnect between the academic and...
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    Odd question

    I had a week where I was had three unrelated calls where the patient was sitting on the toilet. Between that and 12-leads, you see your share of bits. I think this is the sort of work where something about it will trigger you in some way when you first get started. You just have to learn to...
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    Any recommended stethoscopes?

    That probably works better than what they have in the BLS bags at my school.
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    Working while in Medic School

    That's not bad at all. It seems like maybe they squeeze clinicals into that time? If so, that's a great program that leaves plenty of time for P/T work.
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    Working while in Medic School

    Did your program not have clinicals?
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    Working while in Medic School

    I'm in medic school full time and work part time. If you work somewhere with flexible scheduling, it's totally doable. My program, and I assume most, has clinical rotations and internships, so scheduling sometimes takes some doing, but I am fortunate enough to work somewhere that understands...
  12. Eir

    EMS Salary question

    Close. Lakewood is at 48.7 degrees of latitude, so I think the highest non-Alaska ambulance service might be LifeCare at 48.8 degrees of latitude. I do wonder how well the rural services pay in comparison to the Twin Cities services.
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    The 911 ALS service I ride with (as a paramedic student) has a paramedic who is about the that size. She always team-lifts the stretcher and helps move the patient to the best of her ability. She is also very knowledgable and communicates very well. Where I am, if you know your stuff and...
  14. Eir

    Care Ambulance

    Driving a truck up Laguna Canyon is the only downside I can think of.
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    Media v. Cops and Docs

    I'm a paramedic student in the same system (though not HCMC). I was going to mention this particular case because we have the most information about it. Our protocols note to use caution when using ketamine with alcohol. She already had repsiratory depression from ETOH intoxication, if they gave...
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    Post the # your test stopped at, and if you Passed/Failed

    first attempt at EMT-B, 76 questions, passed
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Finally taking my NREMT-B computer/written exam tomorrow. I know I've prepared as well as I could, but am irrationally anxious about it.
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    The Official EMTLIFE Introduction Thread

    Hi! I'm Allison. I'm currently in EMT-B school in St. Paul, MN. This is the first step in a major career change for me. I've spent the last twelve years writing software for medical devices and communications, and would like to eventually be a flight medic.