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            After talking to other people who have gone to paramedic school, it gave me the impression the commitment was going to be very difficult and scary. My peers made it seem that if you wanted to be successful you would not have any free time or be able to work outside of school. These conversations created fear and because of that, I waited five years between getting my EMT and my Paramedic. I knew that I wanted to be a Paramedic, this was the job I have always wanted, but what if I wasn’t successful?

            To preface this article, I worked for 5 years in an emergency veterinary clinic, followed by 5 years as a scribe in the emergency...

You have been accepted into a paramedic program, and maybe you are a little nervous. What do you do now? How will you be successful? This article will hopefully give you some tips for succeeding in paramedic school. Programs can vary in length, hours spent in class, and number of days a week in class. It is important to understand the time commitment. It can be hard to adjust to class time and prioritize your life elsewhere. Especially if you have a family, or have a job, while also going to school. Effective time management, knowing your learning style, and not being afraid to make mistakes are crucial elements to being successful in school.

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After months of paramedic school, clinicals, internship, and training, it was official, I had been deemed competent to be the lead paramedic of an ALS ambulance. The NREMT, State of California, and my employer had given me their blessing with full confidence that I was ready to take on whatever came my way. There was only one problem – I wasn’t.

Sure, I’d checked every box and passed every test. I had graduated from a top-tier paramedic program in the upper part of my class. Shoot, my internship preceptor had even given his stamp of approval (he wasn’t an easy one to please). Most calls I could handle well enough but there were those few that would...

Many emergency situations occur in which police are first on the scene, or where the police are the only ones on the scene because the scene is deemed “not safe” for EMS to enter. In many of these cases, medical treatment is needed, but EMS has not arrived yet or is unable to do so. When situations like this occur, it begs the question: should police be trained to render care before EMS is on the scene? 

In an article by Mosesso Et al., a study was conducted involving 7 suburban communities where police usually responded to the scene before EMS. In this study, police were trained to use, and equipped with AEDs in the case of a cardiac arrest, prior to...