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What technical skills should someone in your medical field have?

I would specifically like to know from a dental hygienist or from an air ambulance worker.

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William’s Answer

Here are some technical skills that would apply to emergency medicine:
Multi-tasking, stress management, intrapersonal communication, prioritization, teamwork, and time management. Communication skills should be both written and verbal. Most charting is done using a computer system of some kind, so it is a good idea to have some basic computer skills.

Becoming a member of an air medical flight crew takes a LOT of time and patience. Typically, those crews are comprised of a pilot, nurse, and paramedic- all of which take a lot of time and training. EMT and Paramedic school combined is 1-3 years, depending on where you go to school. Nursing is 2-4 years. Many flight services require a certain amount of ground experience (3-5 years is common). You may be hired to work at a flight service prior to obtaining your flight certification (FP-C/CFRN) but will be required to pass that exam within a certain time period to maintain employment.

Obtaining all of the education and required certifications/licensures is a lot of hard work, and a career in emergency medicine will mean making a lot of sacrifices, but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences you'll have.
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Ronald’s Answer

There are many technical skills which someone should possess. Multi-tasking, stress awareness and management, personable, high communication verbal and written along with patiences of a saint. All of them are required to matter what profession you seek to work towards but they very important in both occupations you listed. I have been a paramedic for over two decades now (almost 3) and becoming a flight is extremely difficult in the matter of understanding multiple jobs combined in to one. You are basic life support, advanced life support, anesthesia, cardiologist, gastrointerologist, trauma doctor, respiratory therapist, phlebotomist and general practitioner all in one simple person. The training is intense and very taxing on your family and your time. There are great benefits but the sacrifices are there also. Make sure to do some homework on all the different prehospital fields before making a decision.

Good Luck.
Ron
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