Mental Health

I work in a profession with high rates of substance abuse, mental health challenges, and a high potential for burnout.  I regularly hear how people in my profession don't even realize they have these mental health challenges.  It's gotten so bad that … [Continue reading]

Your Internship in EMS

Some of my best ideas for discussion fodder come from EMS social media.  Both the great insights and the "what was that guy thinking" moments get me to thinking about EMS and how we can "Make EMS Great Again." Today, several discussions led me to … [Continue reading]

The Quest for Balance in EMS Social Media

For those of you who know me outside of this blog, you may know that I run several EMS groups on Facebook. Several are private groups for friends and colleagues, but one group has grown well beyond expectations. Running an EMS page on social media … [Continue reading]

Thinking About EMS Education

A friend, grizzled EMS veteran, and sage (all the same person) recently opined about the state of EMS and it got me to thinking. So, allow me to share my thoughts on initial EMS education and perhaps offend everyone in EMS and EMS education all at … [Continue reading]

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Yes, I know that's a quote used in a George W. Bush speech.  Yes, I know some of you may not like President Bush.  Truth be told, I don't always either. (He's like the Diet Coke of conservatism: Just one calorie, not conservative enough! -- Apologies … [Continue reading]

Have you ever noticed….?

Have you ever noticed how many new, inexperienced, poorly educated providers talk about how much they're allowed to "do" in their EMS organization/system/region? Today, I was involved in a discussion in EMS social media where an EMT with three … [Continue reading]

Things You Don’t Hear In A Law Office

In honor of some of the things I hear in the EMS world, I decided to see how they'd translate to the legal profession. If these new lawyers would spend some time as legal assistants before going straight to law school, they'd understand how the … [Continue reading]

It’s Never About the Pay

Years ago, as a new attorney working in state government, I worked for a state agency that determined they had a problem retaining attorneys.  They did a lot of surveys, most of which revealed discontent with working conditions.  The reality was that … [Continue reading]

Fight For $15

So, in a fit of rage, I was almost tempted to write a screed about how EMS providers don't deserve the $15 per hour wage that fast food workers are protesting and clamoring for. My rationale was (and remains) simple.  After watching the attitudes … [Continue reading]

Are You Really Surprised?

This morning, I happened to read an article where a Senator was grandstanding about the supposed opiate abuse epidemic.  He was blaming the epidemic on everyone.  Doctors, the "evil" pharmaceutical industry, and even the DEA for not "doing … [Continue reading]