Author Archives: James

Surviving your first year on road part 5 – Clinical Concepts

The clinical concepts that no-one teaches you about at university   You’ve spent the last three years or so getting to know the intricacies of morphine metabolism and the cardiac cycle.  Those things are all important as background, but in … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on the road Part 4 – Trauma

Trauma Psychological trauma When I first started the job, members of my family were convinced that I was going to be a gibbering wreck within the first week.  It wasn’t the case but I understand their concern.  The public perception … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on road part 3: Miscellany

Food, exercise and other stuff   Eat sensible food.   You know what’s sensible, you don’t need me to tell you that the 3am burger is probably a bad idea.  Ambulance shifts are long and you can’t survive on biscuits … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on the road part 2: Getting along

Workplace relationships and expectations   For many people entering paramedicine as a career the workplace environment will be quite different from what you are used to.  Here are some important things to know.  Bear in mind that these are things … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on the road – Part 1

Part 1: Sleep and Study   Introduction   You’ve put on your shiny new uniform and you’ve turned up at work for your first day at your new job – Junior Paramedic.  Congratulations!  All those years of study and hard … Continue reading

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The ethics of nagging people

Robbie/James/Ben Today’s post is a little different from some of my others – today I’m asking you, the readers to tell me what you think.  There is no right or wrong answer to this problem but I’d be keen to … Continue reading

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