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‘Where is your strength as an EMS provider?’

Push your ego aside as you focus on the things you don’t know and challenge yourself to be better than your last shift

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“Even after all these years of being in EMS, I still want to learn.” Flying solo this week, Chris Cebollero takes a note from EMS1 columnist Tim Nowak, walking listeners through his “11 keys to success for the rookie EMT.” Though directed at new EMTs, Cebollero makes the point that Nowak’s list of advice is really poignant for anyone at any point in their EMS career.

Listen to learn:

  • The role ego plays on scene … and how to move past it
  • How to test your quick-thinking reflexes and level-up
  • The slow creep of complacency and how to avoid it

Top quotes

  • “When someone needs you and needs your ability and needs your knowledge and needs your skill, you don’t need to be looking for the OB kit.”
  • “Never settle for the minimum, whether it’s the standard of patient care, compassion, continuing education hours.”
  • “You are going to make mistakes. You need to learn from your mistakes. You need to make sure that you don’t do those mistakes again.”

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