What are the biggest challenges someone would face while working as 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.
Since you are in New York, I suggest reviewing the information available at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fdny/jobs/career-paths/ems.page to learn more. I would recommend looking online to find your local fire department location and giving them a call. Let them know you are interested in becoming a paramedic and would like to learn more about the jobs responsibilities, etc. Use that as the opportunity to ask all the questions you have which will help you determine if that is the job you want. Your school guidance counselor is also a good resource to help you find more information and possibly contacts in the field you are interested in pursuing.
More general information about paramedics is available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm
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Another challenge can be endotracheal intubation from the ground. I used to do a lot of them on my stomach. Anesthesiologists have the luxury of doing it from a roll chair and without wind from a helicopter blade, rain and snow. Now a days, I think they are using a different laryngoscope, for paramedics. And I heard it makes your job much easier. But not every city is using them yet. It should still be inspiring, for people to become paramedics. And starting IVs in a moving vehicle. That can be a big challenge for some people.