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July 11, 2014
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Inside EMS
by Inside EMS

Inside EMS Podcast: Can you become paramedic in 2 weeks?

Chris and Kelly also talk about situational awareness in light of recent events that continue to put paramedics and EMTs in danger

By EMS1 Staff

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In this week's Inside EMS podcast, hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss situational awareness in light of recent events that continue to put paramedics and EMTs in danger.

"It has been dangerous for us out there for quite some time and we always need to keep up our situational awareness and keep our heads on a swivel," Kelly said.

Chris and Kelly also debate nursing versus paramedicine in their clinical issue. The discussion comes from a recent announcement by Creighton (Neb.) University offering a paramedic bridge program that's awarding certain allied health care professionals to achieve their paramedic certification in two weeks.

They also interview Dan Limmer, author, national speaker and president of Limmer Creative, about the future of EMS education. Dan also gives an overview of his new educational apps.

Dan is offering a 20 percent discount to Inside EMS podcast listeners by using the promotional code "Ambodriver." You can purchase and download via iTunesGoogle Play or on the web

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Mo. man drives son to hospital after confusion over 911 call

Better mobile phone tech could solve rural EMS dispatch issues

15 killed in 53 Chicago shootings over holiday weekend

Without federal action, states move on long-term care

Medic chased by knife-wielding man he revived

Escaping Violent Encounters: Where you stand could save your life

Limmer Creative’s new trauma app helps paramedic students study for the NRP

Innovation Zone: EMS exam preparation

About the author

Inside EMS, a podcast series that features hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson, brings expert perspective to hot topics, clinical issues, operational and leadership lessons to EMS personnel and leaders to be safe and successful.

Inside EMS is available for download on iTunes, SoundCloud and via RSS feed.
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Allan Bulkley Allan Bulkley Saturday, July 12, 2014 10:31:10 AM Not sure what you guys are talking about when you say Creighton University "recently" announced this 2 week RN --> Paramedic program.....this program has actually been around for years, and has been very successful. This program is almost solely utilized by flight and CCT nurses who need a paramedic credential. Also, Kelly contradicts himself pretty badly when he admits that nursing education is much more broad and in-depth than paramedic education, yet argues that a paramedic --> RN bridge should be the same length as a RN --> paramedic bridge. Huh?
Kelly Grayson Kelly Grayson Saturday, July 12, 2014 2:52:59 PM See my reply to your Facebook comment. Short answer: I was being facetious.
David Boykin David Boykin Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:20:55 AM Careful, Kelly Grayson, that's a big word.
Carter Doyle Carter Doyle Sunday, July 13, 2014 4:55:07 PM Kelly Grayson Can you talk about alternative EMS educational programs such as hybrid/online programs in an upcoming episode? I heard you mention PERCOM in passing in this episode, but I'd love to hear more of your thoughts.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:07:29 PM Kelly has shown he doesn't understand all the education stuff. Maybe he should stick to writing articles about racial slurs, slang and euphemisms.
Tysha Dawn Starnes Tysha Dawn Starnes Saturday, September 06, 2014 12:57:48 AM "Why can't we just all get along, just work it out"-a Rodney King paraphrase really sets a tone of professional camaraderie to get the ball rolling on the subject [sarcasm]. You guys seem to be harping on "2 weeks," but that's just nowhere near the truth. First of all, there's a ton of exams and preparatory work that is expected to be completed upon arrival to the course (not to mention the experience mandate and learning that has been ascertained while in those employment settings). Most of the course seems designed to be a fast-paced review, once more considering the specific criteria on who is eligible to take the course. Practical skills are also taught and tested at the course. Successfully testing the same National Registry practicals required for licensure, as well as a National Registry equivalent comprehensive final exam, are both required to pass the on-site portion of the course. Apparently it's not unheard of for students to go home with a "fail." From my experience, however, 2 weeks was only the beginning. Personally, I spent in the neighborhood of 300+ hours to meet the clinical mandates required by the program, (and I'm sure that varies greatly depending on the employment settings-some might be able to count on-the-job patient encounters as 'team leads' required for the course). Creighton will establish affiliation agreements with hospitals that are willing to allow students to go to the OR for intubations when requested, as well. Critical thinking with a patient and appropriately prioritizing treatment needs is the same no matter where the patient is located, and accomplishing appropriate management initially and adapting to whatever be the given environment comes with experience (not mastered in a classroom setting) with both professions. One minute you guys seem to be near-bashing on nurses that want Paramedic licensure and the next minute you seem to be going on about how they need to make it easier for Paramedics to get out the profession, and transition to nursing. (BTW, it took me five years to get a nursing degree, but I don't complain that some medics can do it in one or possibly even less). Some states are supposedly shifting to wanting their nurses to also be licensed at the paramedic level in aeromedical EMS. And some just love EMS and it's not because they're planning to get rich doing it :)

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