My name is Roger and I have a question for you experienced members of the fire service. I scored the highest grade in my EMT course, I am a very fast learner, and I have willingness to put my nose in the books and learn. I am currently working for a private transport company as an EMT, and I am going to attend fire and paramedic school when the time is right. My question is: how do I continue learning the essentials of emergency situations whille I am out of school? I can pass exams and simulated scenarios all day and make it look easy, but I feel that if I were to be in an emergency situation right now, my patient may be in danger. Maybe it's just anxiety and maybe I am over thinking it, but what can I be doing besides reading my textbook until I get hired on a 9-1-1 system?? What can I be reading or practicing?
Any volunteer depts you can hook up with?
Get an advanced mentor to help you
Work in an emergency room on days off
This - If you can get on a department as a volunteer, you can get some great experience while possibly getting yourself set up for a future job!
Originally Posted by fire49
The emergency room idea that fire49 mentioned is a fantastic one... You will see and most likely be able to assist in things way above your certification level.