The usual, was told to keep checking in for openings. Did so for a couple months -- nothing. Got busy with school and got a summer job, which I may or may not keep in the fall, which is why I'm job hunting again.
I feel the same way, I also want to get some 911 experience before applying to medic school, Ive been in an ift Co for 6 months and feel that I've gotten used to seeing patients that are already stable and just need to be sent to their home or to another facility from the ER, even when working cct I don't get to use opqrst sample hx, nor the need to even use bandaids. Even when I try to use my prior ems knowledge like lung sounds pupilary reflex sample and opqrst some people I actually work with look at me as if I'm retarded lol, they've gotten used to nothing ever happening. So much that the time I was training with my fto a pt began to code, and my fto looked at me with a blank stare like "oh :censored::censored::censored::censored:, what to do" since I was fresh from Emt school I took control of the situation, (twilight zone moment) told my fto what to do... I'm afraid to become like him, loose my skills and knowledge. I've heard similar stories with other people about how a cct crew was at post and some random car drives up to them and have a gsw victim with them, the nurse and Emt get freaked out and don't know what to do... I call it EMnisia: forgetting EMS knowledge. I wish I could sometimes volunteer with a 911 Co. to get used to seeing and using ems knowledge in the prehospital field. The flipside of working with an ift Co. Is that you get to learn more medical related things like, what types of meds are given for different situations such as 5150 sedatives (Xanax, Valium, amytal), or different antibiotics for different situations (uti:keflex/ penicillin's for surgery infection: usually pinicillins, and tetracyclines/ if allergic to penicillin usually livinquin/anti nausea meds:zoloft/pain meds: morphine, naproxen, celebrex) and how to use some hospital equipment like there mobile vital machine, and how to move patients around. Also placing leads for als or cct, also knowing where the hospitals are different kinds of hospitals from peds to trauma to chest pain centers. Its not as bad as some people make it seem. However I would appreciate if there was a program so we could get some experience I'm the prehospital field, even if its just observing.
I am a medic, I applied their about 3 months ago and talked to the right HR Guy, most people know who he is, and he said he just hired 3 medics and isn't expecting any in the near future. But he also said keep applying and calling him for updates. I plan on being a HUGE pain in his @$$. I do not like the whole dialysis crap. I was a medic for a semi large company and they lost their main contract and laid off 14 out of 17 medics. So I had to get a job any job. So now Im an EMT again, but I like to think of myself as a Kidney Transfer Specialist. The only positive thing about running dialysis calls is that I am now a pro at guesstimating patients weights.
@ Asclepius911 Don't be so salty yet. There are gonna be plenty of underachiver types you will run across. Even without "super bada$$ 911 calls" you can study protocols and do rides. Thats where the money is. Good luck.
You can always go to a local department and explain your situation and possibly do some ride a longs with them. I went to a VERY large fire department in Los Angeles and did several ride alongs with active preceptors before I went to medic school. Just explained my situation and I had YEARS of EMT 9-1-1 calls, but I was an EMT and even though we are mostly tape terrors and gurney transporters I still had a job to do and couldn't always pay attention to every detail they did. Actually being an observer I learned a lot when I did my field internship with the same department. Key is going in and talking to them and bring some Ice Cream and dress sharp. A resume won't hurt either. ANYTHING you can do to prep yourself is the key. If you want more advice you can PM me and Ill fill you in on what I did and where I went. Always happy to help the future of EMS....Someone did it for me I am happy to pass on the knowledge.