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What was the hardest thing you do as a paremedic?

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I would like to be a paramedic. I am a student in the 11th grade currently attending the job corps program. I am getting my certificate as a CMA. What is the hardest p[art of your job? What do you think makes your job difficult or hard and how do you get over the problem? I would like to know because if I run intro these kind of things I want to be kind of prepared. #job #career #medicine #paramedic

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Being a paramedic with a fire department, the hardest thing I would say is you can go from sitting in a chair at the station to being sent out for a full cardiac arrest and literally have someone's life in your hands in a matter of minutes, or having to extricate someone from a car accident. Firefighters and paramedics deal with some really bad situations that most people don't even know about. The stress can be a lot to handle, which is why training is so important, both physical, mental and job related. You need to maintain a balance between your personal life and your job. You always need to keep up to date on protocols and the latest treatments or equipment. David George in his response also hit on an important aspect. If you are a good at the basics, the advanced things that a paramedic does come much easier.
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Sying, the best preparation, is body strength. My partner and I, went to the gym, about five times a week. We concentrated on leg and abdominal strength. No one mentioned this in EMT and paramedic school. I wished someone did. I also, ran and rode the bike. Cardio, is just as important. You may be up, for that entire twenty four hours. Some patients cannot move, or help you at all. So you better be in good shape.


The hardest thing about about being a paramedic, is remembering that you are a basic EMT first. It takes a good EMT in order to be a good paramedic. If you’re struggling with any advanced level of pre hospital care, go back to the basics. The advanced will just take care of itself and won’t be hard at all. Try to get a job in any local emergency room, as a tech, or even a janitor. Just get your foot in the door. I started as an orderly on the med. surg. floor and worked my way into the ER. This made being a paramedic, a piece of cake. If you have any questions, feel free to message me. David George (Retired Paramedic)

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Eric’s Answer

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Being a paramedic with a fire department, the hardest thing I would say is you can go from sitting in a chair at the station to being sent out for a full cardiac arrest and literally have someone's life in your hands in a matter of minutes, or having to extricate someone from a car accident. Firefighters and paramedics deal with some really bad situations that most people don't even know about. The stress can be a lot to handle, which is why training is so important, both physical, mental and job related. You need to maintain a balance between your personal life and your job. You always need to keep up to date on protocols and the latest treatments or equipment. David George in his response also hit on an important aspect. If you are a good at the basics, the advanced things that a paramedic does come much easier.
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