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You have been accepted into a paramedic program and are excited, but maybe a bit 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 the number of days per week spent in class. It is important to understand the time commitment. Learning to prioritize school while maintaining a work-life balance (especially if you have a family and full-time job as well) can be extremely challenging. Effective time management, knowing your learning style, and not being afraid to make mistakes are crucial elements to being...

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...

In EMS, many skills are learned and practiced over and over to ensure that the provider is confident and capable of treating a patient in various situations. An EMS provider may spend several weeks or months learning how to properly establish an IV, intubate a patient, or use the monitor during a code scenario. However, there is one skill that tends to be overlooked, and that is the skill of effective communication. Developing the ability to effectively communicate with patients, co-workers, other health care providers such as nurses and doctors, and even emergency dispatchers, cannot be undermined in this profession. To some, the skill comes quite...