I need some help. I am looking at creating some content with my mate Tim from ki-docs about starting out as a paramedic. Not about the clinical stuff but more about the human factors, what to expect, what is important to know; all that sort of stuff.
Sadly it has been a very long time since I started out in the field the world of paramedicine has changed a lot since then. The things that may have been important to me (even if I could remember them) are perhaps not as important to new paramedics/ambulance officers now.
So with that in mind, I would love to get some feedback. I would love to hear from all paramedics, volunteers or paramedics to be. Let me know what is important for a new paramedic to know: how to deal with shiftwork, with people, with partners, with toilet breaks, whatever. Nothing is off limits, any comments or questions gratefully accepted. For people training or about to start as paramedics, what is it you would like to ask about the career you are about to embark upon? I will attempt to answer any questions I can and hunt down the answers to those I can’t. If you don’t want to put it out there for all the world to see, email me at angryambulancedriver(at)gmail.com and I’ll make sure you keep your anonymity.
The intention is to make a podcast about this and if there are any specific issues that appear to predominate we can perhaps explore those further in the future.
So please, don’t be shy, let me know what you wish someone had told you or what you would like to be told about before you start.