Forum Deputy Chief
Each time we would treat it as an important, if not scare events with family, friends, local officials and even media. We were each time explained it's ancient tradition dated to Romans,
I get what you are saying here, but there are some of us who could care less about a tradition going back to the Romans or to anyone. Romans had a great tradition of crucifying people too...why stop now? I just personally do not have a lot of care for tradition as in my own experiences I have found tradition to be an extremely limiting/restricting factor in most organizations and professions including our own little baby EMS one. Tradition begets "we have always done it that way" or "it works that way so do not look for or try anything else"....and I know we are talking an oath here, but instilling that mindset from the beginning, to me is poor form.
and to take pride in our achievements and embrace our new identity. It did installed self-confidence in many of us
Professing an oath, acquiring a badge, a stethoscope, etc...none of those items were ever needed or should be needed to instill self-confidence. Watch the Disney classic Dumbo if you need a refresher.
***NEW IDENTITY??? I have great concern with this statement and the fact a newcomer is declaring this. EMS, Paramedic, EMT, this is NOT my identity. It is what I do, it is NOT who I am. I do strongly feel this is another horrible mindset within our profession. It took me many years and life experience to gain this insight and realize it is a bad one for us generally speaking.
So I am shocked here because it's my first time encounter people viewing such occasions so negativity.
Not negative, exposing the other side of the coin. It is wholly unnecessary and not the direction we should be focusing on.
I simply think the completion of a two year paramedic degree and licensing should be treat as a life event, a symbol of one's entering a career of public service, something students can take pride in. Not just another paper, routine duty and "non-sense".
It is a very proud accomplishment, absolutely. Do we need pomp and circumstance to revel in it....oh wait, we get that when we collect the degree and walk the stage. Ummm....do we need to go above and beyond that?