Bleeding Hearts

Originally posted on secondhalfwoman:
This week is National EMS Week (Emergency Medical Services). I’ve been an EMT/Paramedic for close to 20 years now. It’s been quite a ride, one where I may soon be stepping off of the proverbial bus as we like to call the ambulance. We are called ‘ambulance drivers’, much to our…

Paramedic Mental Health: Survey

I I just took the Paramedic Association of Canada survey on paramedic metal health wellness. SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PAC_Wellness_Survey I encourage everyone who is trained and employed as a paramedic in some capacity, including my fire and industrial buddies, to take this survey. My hope is that the data will help improve awareness, bolster resources, and create…

Thoughts on the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge

It seems everyone is doing it or talking about it. I’ve seen many good friends dump chilly buckets over themselves, and even videotaped a few of them doing it. There are people I wish I was friends with who are doing it: Kermit, Justin Trudeau, Leonardo Dicaprio. The ALS foundation is nearing the 100 million…

A Beautiful EMS Morning (a creative piece)

It’s been a while since I’ve been inspired to write creatively. Mostly I’ve been focused on tech talks, didactic inquiries, and personal anecdotes. So it was a nice surprise when the urge crept up on me this week- likely because I was having a rare quiet moment at work. Here she goes… A Beautiful EMS…

What a Medic Wants

Here is a list I made of how paramedics would like people’s help and cooperation. My rational may be injected with sarcasm…. sorry but I can’t help it! 😉 1. Get out of the way! Please. If you are driving and you hear sirens or see lights approaching…pull to the right. Lights/sirens means we would…

What “Paramedic” Means to a Kid

We had the pleasure of hosting a school tour at our base this week. It was nice change since most of the people I see during shift are in their golden years as opposed to the green ones. Before the students got to our base they were also touring the police station, the fire hall,…

PCP vrs. EMT- can’t we all just get along?

I’ve been meaning to write this entry for a while, but haven’t because it is going to take some major effort and explaining. The topic: The differences between Ontario and Saskatchewan in paramedic SOP’s and professional organization/designation. Oh and a little bit about how to get employed (or not). Unless you have some interest in…