Deal breakers at work

Anjel

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And there is no excuse for letting go of the stretcher mid lift. Causing the stretcher to drop to the ground.

That's dangerous and I shouldn't have to work with that.
 

Handsome Robb

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Agreed.

I'd have some strong words for someone that did that.

Like I said, wasn't trying to throw stones :)
 

DrParasite

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They could not lift the stretcher empty. Let alone with any weight on it.
If you can't do the job, than you shouldn't have the job, regardless of who you are.
 

Anjel

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Agreed.

I'd have some strong words for someone that did that.

Like I said, wasn't trying to throw stones :)
Mmmhhmmm
 

MexDefender

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Agreed.

I'd have some strong words for someone that did that.

Like I said, wasn't trying to throw stones :)
Oh this... I'm somewhat new and with our call volume I don't use stretcher a lot but the bar popped up over hook and didn't drop patient but the stretcher hit ground from a couple inches off and well patient was a tad scared. Wont ever make that mistake again.

A real deal breaker is pee. Not patient pee... Staff pee, they have the aim of a 90 y/o male I mean seriously how hard is it to hit the toliet?!?! The janitor cleaned the floors (shine white) 3 days later yellow all around pisser again. I was so upset... Mopped it up and it happened again. We have a station where we all use kitchen, bathrooms, sleep rooms, so you would think people would not act like pigs... But weekenders do as they please.
 

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I'm pretty easy going, but there are a couple of things that are deal breakers for me.

1) Dipping. My service is a tobacco free workplace, and that includes dip. If a partner of mine stuffs a wad of chew into his mouth, he can either spit it out or the supervisor comes down and delivers a written. The idea that spitting at work is acceptable is totally foreign to me.

2) Excessive smells. I occasionally work with a partner that pours on the perfume. I've asked her several times to not wear so much, or any, when she works with me, as I'm very sensitive. It still happens. Not acceptable. The supervisor made her shower, as we have a "no perfume" SOP. I hated to do it, but I won't spend 12 hours sneezing and wheezing because of perfume.
What is over the line for you? I'm sure most of us will put up with a lot from our partners, but what's that one thing that you just can't
 
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the_negro_puppy

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These aren't really deal breakers but general dislikes

1) Burned out partners who have been in the job for 20 + years and spend each and every long shift *****ing about everything to do with the job. They are reaching retirement age and are still in the job because they can't do anything else. Its depressing and brings everyone down. These partners are generally the laziest, do the bare minimum on shift including performing patient care by doing the least possible and sitting at hospital to waste time.

2) People who show up 5 minutes before shift, when you've been there for 15 mins already checking out the truck/gear. Sure we don't get paid to come in early nor penalised for logging on late but it screws other crews over, extending their shifts etc.
 

RocketMedic

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Right we're all a bunch of a whiners.

We have a zero tolerance tobacco policy around facilities, trucks, and patients. It doesn't happen, and it's often times grope. It's not complaining when it's a significant policy violation, it's the right thing to do.

Other deal breakers for me include touching the light or siren controls when I'm driving, allowing the stretcher undercarriage to fall when unloading (and then whining about how the stretchers all suck), and drivers that are oblivious to a smooth ride while patient loaded.

I'm easy going, I rarely have a regular partner and have a reputation for being able to work well with random staff with varying degrees of experience. That said I really cannot stand when someone tells me that they hear that "I'm really easy to work with" and then take advantage of that by being lazy, late, or just plain messy. Yea I'm not someone to write others up but I still care about doing the best job I can.

But most of all I cannot stand being babied. Yes you may have been an EMT for longer than me but that is no indication of competence. I'm a fine driver, don't always ask if I need a break from driving. I can handle patient care just fine, I don't really need your help getting vitals and a history once we get loaded. Let's go to the hospital now mmmk. And I certainly don't need you to edit my PCR and then tell me how I write too much for "routine" calls. I wouldn't be where I am if I couldn't.
On the driving, I routinely ask my partners, especially on our LDTs to Albuquerque. I really, really don't want false confidence to kill us all.
 

BHADAVE

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There are plenty of was to get around the tobacco free policy. Personally I will start using ground up corn husk soon instead to tobacco. That way I conform with the new policy but I still get to dip. I honestly hope some of you are over exaggerating you stance on dip and policies. I'm not saying let me get away with murder, but if I want to put a lip in for 5 minutes away from the truck and patients than I should be allowed to. I shouldn't have to worry aboutsomeone running and telling mom. At that point you have lost my trust and I will go out of my way to let others know that you can't trust your partner.
 
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There are plenty of was to get around the tobacco free policy. Personally I will start using ground up corn husk soon instead to tobacco. That way I conform with the new policy but I still get to dip. I honestly hope some of you are over exaggerating you stance on dip and policies. I'm not saying let me get away with murder, but if I want to put a lip in for 5 minutes away from the truck and patients than I should be allowed to. I shouldn't have to worry aboutsomeone running and telling mom. At that point you have lost my trust and I will go out of my way to let others know that you can't trust your partner.
Should you be allowed to have a beer if you want? Should you be allowed to smoke a cigarette in the station? Should you be allowed to watch a porn video on the computer in the truck? Should you be allowed to speed through residential neighborhoods without lights and siren on?

Hopefully you answered no to all of the above.

There are rules about what you can and can't do at work. Just like all of the above, on duty tobacco use is one of them. If you choose to break the rules, be willing to face the consequences.
 
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BHADAVE

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Who does tobacco hurt? I'm not saying we should all dip, smoke weed, touch ourselves to a good old porn, and finish it off with a beer at work. That is simply a stupid argument to make. Im nice enough to wait till I punch out for my weed,beer, and porn. How does my dipping affect patient care or public safety?
 

Veneficus

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Who does tobacco hurt? I'm not saying we should all dip, smoke weed, touch ourselves to a good old porn, and finish it off with a beer at work. That is simply a stupid argument to make. Im nice enough to wait till I punch out for my weed,beer, and porn. How does my dipping affect patient care or public safety?
Do you really think these policies are about care or public safety?

How much do you think your company that claims it does not hire or tolerate tobacco products saves in health insurance premiums?
 

BHADAVE

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I smoke, dip, and drink outside of work. Health premiums are what they are. Our company is only smoke free as they " wish to provide cleaner air for people to breathe" yet we idle our trucks 24 hours a day in front of the hospital and often run them on high idle. Not really cleaner are.
 

Veneficus

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:unsure:

I smoke, dip, and drink outside of work. Health premiums are what they are. Our company is only smoke free as they " wish to provide cleaner air for people to breathe" yet we idle our trucks 24 hours a day in front of the hospital and often run them on high idle. Not really cleaner are.
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/...238076532997/SmokeFreeWorkplacesataglance.pdf

http://www.ctri.wisc.edu/Employers/The Business Case for Smoke-Free Workplaces.pdf

http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/tobacco/smokingandtobacco/pdf/EmployersToolkit.pdf


Are you sure?

Edit, one more in summary form.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19440269
 
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Sandog

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Smoking. I even tell the patient to put it out when I get on scene and refuse to do anything until they do... why should my partner be any different? Not only is the smoke a hazard to my health that I don't want, but it's noxious and makes me feel sick. I can't work with that smell, therefor it's out. If that means I take the lit cigarette right out of a patients mouth, I will.
That borders an assault, ya did that to me I would smack ya.
 

firedad31

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N7 talks of perfumes and smells. I think it is also a patient care issue. Some patients have smells for triggers to things like headaches and asthma. Not good for crew dynamics either
 

usalsfyre

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And you would be out of a job there sport.
ehhhh, yeah.....someone who commits battery on one of my employees to a perceived, not really assault is probably not going to have a whole lot of sway when he comes into complain. You might have his job if you held your fist (it is an inappropriate action), but once you decide to swing your indignation just became irrational.
 
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Sandog

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The smacking part was an exaggeration to make a point.
 

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