Clinical success tips for paramedic students
Maximize your patient contacts during paramedic clinical time and field internship with an action orientation
By Greg Friese, MS, NRP
I recently self-transported to an urgent care for worsening flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest constriction. After four days of worsening body aches, chills and night sweats, my wife insisted, "People that are as sick as you go to urgent care." I relented.
I was shown to an exam room by an urgent care based paramedic, who was accompanied by a paramedic student. I think the urgent care is a great work and educational setting for paramedics. Lots of patients with a wide variety of medical and trauma complaints allow numerous repetitions of assessment and treatment skills. Since I am always willing to be poked and prodded by a student, my spirits lifted a bit at the prospect of helping this paramedic student practice his craft.