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What are some of the possible shift hours while being a paramedic?

I am a teenager currently in high school. I am starting to look into career choices for my future. I have always had an interest for #medicine and being a #paramedic. I want to learn more about this #career-path so I can start volunteering and getting internships to build experience.


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Wendy’s Answer

Hi Angela, I would suggest going to different medical clinics or medical speciality office and ask if you can shadow them! During shadowing you can the doctor different questions about their career and possibly get advice on how to become that type of doctor. Also, during shadowing you will be able to see their everyday work life and see if that is something you see yourself doing.

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David’s Answer

In New York City, I think they still do eight hour shifts. Most of the country does 12 and 24 hour shifts. I suggest, not to do twelve. It’s too hard on your body. You have to go back to soon. And you don’t get enough sleep. By the end of the week, your patient care can start to be effected. I noticed that I wasn’t as aggressive on day four as I was on one and two. But some people, prefer that one. The 24 hour shift was a delight! You have your own bed and you have access to a kitchen, shower and tv.

Some cities do 24 on 24 off and then four days off in a row. The one I live in, does 48 on and four days off. Lots of places still do, 24 on and 48 off. That’s my favorite. And I think a great deal of the east coast cities still do ten hour days and fourteen hour nights.

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