Paramedic Students

Emergency services personnel who are crazy enough to go through medic school

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Latest Activity: Aug 9, 2011

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Death and Dying

Started by Will Manuel. Last reply by Phillip McLean Mar 28, 2011. 1 Reply

Wow! It really is possible...

Started by Tony Carneavale. Last reply by BALLPEIN May 22, 2009. 7 Replies

study study study...

Started by CJ. Last reply by CJ May 26, 2008. 3 Replies

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Comment by George A. Laiacona III on March 6, 2011 at 8:38pm
Got a field tube and two drugs today. Still a lot more to go.
Comment by George A. Laiacona III on February 27, 2011 at 1:44pm
Finished the Assessment chapter, cleared to ride clinicals. Waiting on titre results for my physical so I can turn paperwork in to the hospital. Had to re-take MMR and get a Tetanus update. Supposedly, the Government kept my records, but neither the Marine Corps nor the VA can find them. Cheaper and less aggravating in the long run to just get the shots again.
Comment by George A. Laiacona III on February 15, 2011 at 5:11pm
Jumping into Patient Assessment. Hasn't changed since Basic, except I can't ask for ALS backup anymore. Assessment practicals next week, test on Friday, then we can begin clinicals. Tightening the belt some more since I don't have much time for work now as it is.
Comment by George A. Laiacona III on January 15, 2011 at 5:12pm
Class is underway. Drug calculations and ethics/legal issues discussion makes an old man's head spin, but this instructor has a lot of knowledge and his style is fun, so I'll enjoy my time, I'm sure. 46 students in this class, 8 of whom are friends. Interesting to see how many we whittle down to in the end.
Comment by George A. Laiacona III on December 10, 2010 at 1:44pm
My opinions and statements are not always popular.

Get your Basic first before deciding how far to go. It's not for everyone. You may decide it's not for you, hopefully before you lay out lots of cash and time. Do lots of ride time, and after you've seen a busted up body or a dead kid, and you still think you can do it, then go for it all the way. We need good people, stable people, dedicated people, and lots of them.
Read, read, read. And common sense. Look, listen, and learn from the Paramedics you trust. This isn't a static business, things are always changing.

Good luck.
Comment by George A. Laiacona III on December 7, 2010 at 9:54pm
I was told by someone I respect that going to Intermediate first would give me skills I could use to make Paramedic easier. But, that's not exactly been my experience. Sure, I got 2 years worth of IVs now, but I have picked up little more than that. Your mileage may vary depending on permitted skills in your state.
Comment by Herlon Ferreira do Nascimento on November 24, 2010 at 11:52pm
Comment by Jeff on December 6, 2009 at 9:06pm
I start medic school in Jan. there is no light at the end yet
Comment by Will Manuel on August 3, 2009 at 9:25pm
Starting Paramedic School August 25th at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska!
Comment by Jason Koontz on May 14, 2009 at 1:19am
I'm just about to enter the tunnel, so looking for the light at the end is far in my future. But damn its nice to finally be getting ready to begin

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