Medic Mindset Podcast: Paramedic reflects on her first year in EMS
A paramedic talks about which types of calls fluster her, the importance of peer support, lessons hard-learned and more
In some episodes of Medic Mindset, Ginger Locke interviews paramedics who she affectionately calls the “medic-next-door.” Their stories are universally relatable to paramedics everywhere. She asks that they share anonymously so they can share freely.
In this episode, she interviews a paramedic about her first year working in a busy urban 911 system.
The discussion includes:
- Which types of calls fluster her.
- The importance of peer support after tough calls.
- Expectations for student-riders.
- Lessons hard-learned.
- “Psych-out error” is one of many cognitive pitfalls.
- Anxiety is a diagnosis of exclusion.
- Situational awareness.
- Which calls she finds rewarding.
- Violence against first responders.
- Sleep deprivation and fatigue.
- Advice for paramedic students.