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Burning Out: Fighting Work Exhaustion

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. EMS can be a remarkably difficult career. While there are times of boredom, the things that EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers see […]

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Is the Scene Safe?

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world.   EMS can be a dangerous profession; more EMS workers are killed per year than firefighters.[1] One study showed that 2/3 reported some […]

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Remain Calm – A Lesson I Learned During My Days as a Paramedic

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Being a paramedic is a surprisingly boring job. There can be a ton of downtime (a running joke was that EMS stood for […]

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Everyone Gets a Pillow and a Blanket

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world.   An encounter with EMS is generally a life-changing one. The actions of the various teammates across agencies can make a profound impression. […]

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Simplify – One of the Lessons I Learned as a Paramedic

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. “Paramedics save lives. EMTs save paramedics.” This was a saying that was often repeated in my tenure in EMS, and it was true. […]

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Never, Ever Run On-Scene

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Medical dramas and scenes with medical personnel are commonplace in movies and TV. I’ve been known to watch my share, and I do […]

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How the 3 Rules of Paramedicine Apply to Business

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world.   Paramedics have a notoriously dark sense of humor. It’s a natural coping mechanism that helps to manage the stresses of the job. […]

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