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May 22, 2012
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EMS News in Focus
by Arthur Hsieh

"More than a job. A calling": An accurate slogan?

Take the quick survey and tell us what you think

By Arthur Hsieh

Editor's note: The theme of EMS Week this year is "More than a job. A calling." Don't forget to vote for our finalists in our contest!

Welcome to National EMS Week 2012. The theme this year is "EMS: More than a Job. A Calling." 

Really?

Some in the blogosphere have questioned the assumption of the tagline. I wonder aloud if it's really the case. For the folks who were around at the beginning of the industry, EMS did probably feel like a noble profession, providing a sense of purpose and unique satisfaction during the stage of massive development and change.

Does that continue today?

Here's an example: I have not referred to Johnny and Roy in my classroom for several years now. As a representation of the profession, the characters no longer have relevance to newer generations of EMS providers. But I am hard-pressed to find newer, more modern depictions of EMS that can ignite the imagination of my students. Somehow, Bringing Out the Dead doesn't quite make it.

Despite that, I personally do believe in the mission of EMS. I also am excited in the possibilities of its future. Yet my enthusiasm is tainted by the chronic issues that plague us.

Will we lift a finger to help ourselves? Surely we can't expect for others to do that for us. 

I'm interested to know what you think about EMS as more than a job. Take the quick survey and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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About the author

EMS1 Editor in Chief Art Hsieh, MA, NREMT-P currently teaches at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. Since 1982, Art has worked as a line medic and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a textbook author, has presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to provide patient care at an EMS service in Northern California. Contact Art at Art.Hsieh@ems1.com.
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