One of the hardest things we do in EMS is refreshing or renewing our certificates. We deal with state and national requirements, “alphabet” cards, local protocols, and the list goes on and on, seemingly forever. Why do we do this? Because we must. To stay at the forefront of our craft, we must keep current, […]
With course cancellations and university shutdowns across the nation, EMS recertifications will look a little different in 2020. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) made significant modifications to current recertifications, extending the deadline for EMS personnel from March 31 to June 30, 2020. In addition, the […]
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the US.1 Following a cardio-protective diet is important for anyone and may be especially important if you’re a shift worker. A large meta-analysis including more than 2 million shift workers found that shift work is associated with a 24% increase in cardiovascular disease.2 Shift work is […]
Explore for IndividualsExplore for Departments With the COVID-19 pandemic reaching more than 150 countries worldwide,1 industries across the nation have recognized the importance of innovative online training and education options—especially within the healthcare and emergency industries. With increasing demands on departments, practices, providers, and personnel, the emergency and healthcare industries need training solutions that fit […]
In the last few years, the EMS industry has had to rethink a lot about education, comparing a seated class to an online virtual instructor-led (VILT) class and comparing both to what that EMT or paramedic license really means. Why do EMS classrooms still look the same since the inception of the electronic or virtual […]
Despite growing challenges in the EMS and fire industries, emergency responders can sharpen their skills, build competence, and improve outcomes by completing their training, recertifications, and emergency responder courses online with CareerCert. Overview As first responders, we knew signing up that we would face challenges above and beyond the typical job. Death, trauma, danger, increased […]
Remember when you needed a new qualification or a relicensure class? You had to find one in a nearby district, county, or state; schedule the time off; pay the needed fee; drive to the class; sit all day in a small stuffy classroom; and then listen to an endless series of lectures. The instructor churning […]
Many shift workers turn to dietary supplements to boost energy during their shift and sleep better during the day. Supplements can be a valuable part of your plan, but they shouldn’t be your only solution. Supplements won’t make up for poor habits. Exercise, adequate sleep, naps, shift scheduling, and dietary strategies should all be included in your plan to combat the stress of shift work. Simply using caffeine to power through your nights and neglecting other beneficial strategies is a bit like focusing on perfume or cologne as your only approach to personal hygiene. Sure, you’ll smell sweet for a few days, but the grime and body odor will eventually become overpowering.
Build confidence, advance your career, and learn how to bridge the gap between training and field emergencies with EMT and paramedic continuing education.
Today, in our industry, “safety” has become a keyword and catchphrase in every aspect of providing service to the public. From personal safety to vehicle safety to scene safety to patient safety, all of these require a high degree of situational awareness.
A textbook is not a novel and should not be read like one. When an EMT student comes to realize that and learns to use the textbook as it was designed to be used, they will do better in their EMT class and will learn the skills they need to provide better care in their communities.
Just as technology is transforming the growth of medical knowledge, it’s also providing solutions to disseminate it in digestible ways. Virtual instructor-led training courses (VILT courses) have been revolutionizing the fire, medical, and EMS communities by providing training that is accessible, engaging, up to date, cost-effective, and, most importantly, improves outcomes. Here are just a few ways VILT courses are transforming continuing education and can help you better protect and care for those you serve:
EMS, fire, and law enforcement are all dispatched to a local interstate for a report of a tour bus explosion with no further information available. You arrive on scene where command has already been established and fire suppression is underway. You are directed to the role of EMS command and are directed to where the patients are on the side of the highway. All 54 passengers escaped the bus before flames engulfed it and are now located roadside. Some are walking and uninjured. Others have critical injuries. You instantly realize there are many more resources needed than what you have, and at the same time, you realize this is the largest incident of your career. This is “the one.” Can you handle it?
I’ve worked nights both as a CNA at a hospital as well as a military service member at tactical operations centers or guard posts. Currently, I’m a dietitian. While I don’t work nights anymore, there are some key dietary strategies I wish I would have known and implemented when I was a shift worker.
Emergency personnel have a physically and emotionally demanding job. See how continuing your training and education online can help mitigate some effects of burnout.
With new knowledge and procedures constantly becoming available, continuing education is becoming more vital for EMS providers. Here are a few ways continuing education improves the lives of EMS providers, their patients, and their communities.