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Shortcutting the onboarding process and hazing are setting new providers up for failure

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In this episode of Inside EMS, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the challenges we are having with recruiting and retaining good EMS providers. Kelly offers tips for getting the very best out of the new workforce.

The duo focus on the importance of having a normal onboarding process. As most systems are short-staffed, too many agencies are cutting short the onboarding process and throwing new employees to the wolves.

The discussion then moves to the topic of hazing and bullying new employees. It is this behavior that will turn a new employee off to the organization. Chris asks, “is it time to put this practice to bed?”

Read Kelly’s article, “Top 10 ways to ruin a good EMT,” and listen to the discussion below.

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