Tuesday, June 06, 2006

EMT's the other NOMADS

Have you ever noticed how EMT's seem to switch job locations frequently? Sure, you have a few lifers that stay in one place, but as a general rule, EMT's of all levels are very nomadic.

They move from place to place and town to town. They have stories that start off like : "When I was a medic in (random town) we did..."

Or

"Back in (Some place else) we..."

I have made many good friends in this business and I've had many good friends leave to persue other oppertunities. Some of the people that they left behind feel deserted or "cheated" on, but I never have. I always figured they did what was best for them and still considered them a friend. Nothing has changed in my eyes except I don't see them often anymore.

As health care providers we have a responsibility to our patients and above that we have greater responsibility to ourselves and our peers. If we let each other down there is no way we can be the professional we need to be for our patients.

My friends are my friends, no matter who they work for. I understand you have your life, all I ask is that you understand I have mine. We are each doing what we need to do, or what we feel is best for us and our families.

Z

9 comments:

capnmedic said...

Yeah well thats a good point and I do agree. It is hard for people to accept that the "gang" of people we hang out with disperses. I had that feeling when I worked with you but about 4 years ago. I made it through that cause they were and still are my very close friends. It got really difficult after they left and I got beaten up by both the day to day and major events and I just didnt give a crap anymore. Thats when I knew it was time to go. I have worked a number of companies and this is the first time I havent left because my personal life needing a move. It was a first and I am still adjusting. Im a lifer im just gonna wear a different patch.

Zer0 said...

Thanks for your reply, sorry I couldnt answer it sooner, Blogger has been messed up for days. It seems that they finally have it ironed out though.

I hate losing track of friends made along the way. So far I have misplaced (note I didnt say lost) 4-5 good friends since I started working here. I'm always happy to see them pop up from time to time. I do know that we will all meet again somewhere, it's the nature of the work we do. I'm very glad that I dont burn any bridges. One thing my father alway told me before he died was: "Son, be careful of the toes you step on today, they may be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow"

Z

capnmedic said...

Yes never burning a bridge is an important. I still find that true everyday. EMS is such a very small and tight group of people and I have run in to people from 10 years ago that I thought were absolute idiots that are now in management positions. Its kinda funny to have to smile and your toungue gets a bit sore from the repetitive bites but this is life. I think that the net, both your site here and mine can help to minimize the frequency with which people drift away. Hey it helps you and I.

On a more fun note, we need a paintball day soon. Get a bunch of people together and go play. I have a bunch of extra equipment if anyone would need it. Any interest? Know anyone with a nice section of woods? Just an idea. Later. Stay Safe.

C

Zer0 said...

There is a cop in this area with his own field. I'll check with him and see what can be arranged. Also there is a woods about 14 miles of here that we play at all the time. We could always do it there. I'll rattle a few cages and see who responds.

Z

Kelsey said...

Just worked my first cardiac arrest. I'm covered in vomit, and exhausted, but somehow slightly exhilarated... :)

Zer0 said...

We can all remember our first code. I dont think that is possible to forget. :)

capnmedic said...

Ahh, yes but how many of you had to sterilize your bvm for use on the next one?

capnmedic said...

Ok. Based on the lack of a response to that question I now officially feel old.

Anonymous said...

hahaha, I've been really busy preping for the July class so I havent been on in awhile, however NO, I have never had to reuse a BVM

Z