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Mo. experts speak out on national medic shortage

Demand is up with increases in the elderly population, and the industry needs more training programs for students, they say

Fox News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The spokesman for the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department says there’s a shortage of first responders for medical emergencies. But apparently, Kansas City isn’t alone; it’s a national issue as well.

It’s an unsettling trend, there’s a national shortage of people trained to help save lives; paramedics.

“It’s a love for taking care of people and their families who are in dire straits sometimes,” said Kim Grubbs, a professor of Emergency Medical Sciences at Johnson County Community College.

Read full story: Shortage of paramedics across the country

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Mark Buie Mark Buie Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:52:08 PM I think another problem with the paramedic shortage is the proverbial "Lack of Pay". Once a paramedic gets his/her license and starts working they realize that for the same amount of college they can become a RN and make 3 times the pay they move on to greener pastures. We don't have to look very far to see this trend. I can name probably 5 right off the top of my head that have started as a medic and went on to nursing. The EMS field is such a "NEW" field in terms of medicine that no one thinks of it quite like they do nursing or being a doctor. Nurses have been around for hundreds of years (and I know some of them personally) while paramedics have only been around 40 years or so.
Cort Anderson Cort Anderson Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:42:56 PM You might want to change the headline, Johnson County Community College is in Kansas.

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