Sometimes patients don't get better, even with the right treatment. As long as you didn't do the wrong thing, you did the right thing. Sometimes people die. That can't be changed
Always own your mistakes. You'll be in less trouble rather than someone finding out you lied
Never argue with the Medical Director.
Never argue with a Doctor (within reason). They went through 12 years of school.
Always use the restroom. You never know when you will be able to next
Always carry chapstick with you
Proper 12 lead placement makes a huge difference no matter what anyone says.
Some people are just dicks. Ignore them, but also listen. The way they operate on scene may teach you something. If it doesn't, their attitude will
It's not okay to be "burnt out". Either find a new job or take a vacation
Everyday you should learn something new. Don't waste the day watching TV
Occasionally, it IS okay to watch TV all day
Don't forget who you are, why you are doing this job and the education you received. Someone will always want you to feel below your worth. That's how they compensate
Always do a rig check. Batteries, fuel, paperwork, oxygen, pillows, blankets and medications are what I consider most important
If someone wants to teach you something. Listen, especially if they have experience. This may be a way they're telling you that you did something wrong, without hurting your self-esteem
Back to the first..As long as you did the right thing, you didn't do the wrong thing. Everyone treats patients differently. Learn from calls and move on
It's okay to talk to someone about a call the is bothering you. If they make you feel as if it isn't, go above them. That may be the only time I say that
With that being said, respect seniority. Life isn't fair a lot. You'll earn your rank. Everything takes time
Buy your partners lunch occasionally. It shows you value them and will help build trust
Always remember the partner code. They have your back and you have theirs.
Patients are kind of "renting a room" when they're in your rig. Make sure it's clean and tidy for them. They definitely are paying for it
When someone above you comes into the station, address them. Also, stand up and ask if there's anything you can do. It's not kissing ass, it's showing them respect
When in doubt, utilize medical control. If you're using them everyday: A. you have bad luck
B. You need to work on confidence (and that's okay)
People are more willing to help improve confidence compared to arrogance
Everyone makes mistakes. Own that mistake
It's okay to have an off day. If everyday is an off day, maybe you need to look into what's causing it
Never take the job home with you (I learned that the hard way). I promise you will regret it
No one is begging you to work. Don't bring the attitude of the station down. Just go home
Please always stay modest. Of course we all have the ego in a way, but don't become so self absorbed it becomes you as a person
Always be willing to learn and teach. Even with little experience you have a lot to offer
Make friends with the nurses. They will save you someday. Either literally or when you make a mistake
Anyone in a nursing home is still a human being. Please always remember that. Treat them like one, even with a DNR.
Usually if someone is joking or making fun of you, it's because they like you. Don't take it to heart
Always be 15 minutes early. If you aren't, well you're late
Every station has "that guy", don't become that guy
Treat patient confidentiality seriously. One minor mistake (social media or talking in public) can literally ruin your career, reputation and life
Always take training seriously. No one knows it all
Never ruin someones reputation or status to improve yours. I know life isn't fair, but it's something to accept. Go about issues the proper way. Talk to the person first and try to resolve it like an adult
Never say anything about someone you wouldn't say to them in person
Respect the "old guy". His ways may not be current, but he will teach you the most. You have 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason
Always thank the veteran. It may be the last thing he has to his name
Always make your patient comfortable, even if you become uncomfortable. Their care is your number one priority
Stand up for your patient always. Your voice may be the only one that's defending them. If you see, hear or even assume something that needs attention; handle it
I can't express this enough....always show respect and be the bigger man/woman. Never argue with a patient or in front of one.
Please be careful. If you aren't prepared financial, a back injury can destroy you
Stand your ground even if it contradicts what I've said. You have a voice. Use it. Once a decision is made, never back down. Justify why you did it.
Know your protocols, but (if one is willing to risk a license..) sometimes things just need to be done to control a scene or help a patient. This definitely IS NOT advice to break protocol
Be the first one to do chores. Get them done early and enjoy your down time. You might not get much the rest of the day
Know where the emesis bags are. Seriously...your patient, you or your rig doesn't want to be covered in vomit
Try and work out in the day. It's okay to skip a couple and have a cheat day with food, but look around...Respect yourself and fuel your body the right way
Once you start bringing the job/calls home, you also start bringing it on to your family. They want to help, but theres no justification in you getting mad when they don't understand
Not to break down confidence, but when one gets confident to soon...they walk a dangerous line
Everyone is willing to help. No one wants to see someone fail/fall. Ask for the help you need because you'll be surprised who steps up