We Aren’t Nurses. And Nurses Aren’t EMS Providers.

For the record, I'm sick and tired of the nurse bashing. Not here, but on EMS groups in general. While there's some overlap between EMS and nursing, the two are entirely different fields and both have a special place. Sometimes, though, EMS proves … [Continue reading]

Yes, We Are A Service

We keep seeing the pleas and exhortations to "pay EMS workers what they deserve."  I get it.  We're underpaid.  Or so we keep hearing. Whether we are employed by a public or private entity, we're still a business.  We get paid for our services, … [Continue reading]

To The EMS Students And New Providers

Let's be honest.  EMS culture at some times can be toxic. We have a ton of stations where gossip, a "good old boys" club, a "mean girls" club, or hazing occupy the down time and set a horrendous tone.  In too many EMS organizations, the precepting … [Continue reading]

Charity Begins At Home

Recently, I've seen more than a few EMS types posting requests for crowdfunding for them to engage in medical work, either as a medical missionary or in solidarity with various protest movements.  I get it.  The urge to help others, especially in … [Continue reading]

A Note Of Optimism

I've been away from the blog a bit, mainly as a result of some writer's block.  With an upcoming trip to the Texas EMS Conference to speak (Tuesday, November 22 at 2:00 PM, by the way) and to get some continuing education, I'm more rejuvenated about … [Continue reading]

Enthusiasm

There's a lot of enthusiasm on EMS social media and some of the most enthusiastic of these people want you to know just how much enthusiasm for EMS.  There's a lot of people saying how much they love being in EMS.  There's a lot of those people … [Continue reading]

A Media Time-Out

I've gotten tired of the media.  I've gotten tired of the same stories appealing to the uneducated masses.  I've gotten tired of the same talking heads spreading the same talking points.  You thought I was talking about the upcoming national election … [Continue reading]

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]