IDPH, the EMT Tests, and the National Registry
So, in another thread, Art talks about this:
Our "friends" at IDPH have decided, apparently without any legislative oversight, that the EMT-B, I, and P tests are either corrupted, compromised or otherwise unreliable, and that all students currently enrolled (and, by the way, ABOUT TO GRADUATE IMMANENTLY) must take the National Registry for certification. Art said this:
Which is partially true. Art, our EMS System Coordinator couldnít say enough good things about Don and his actions during this contentious meeting. She advised me that the room was packed: system coordinators from across the state, Leslie Stien-Spencer (EMS Coord for the state) and all of the State regional coordinators. Even, obviously, our state reps who are as concerned about this as anybody. But, the one who pulls the strings, specifically, Dr. Eric Whitaker, Director for IDPH, was ABSENT from this very critical meeting. Don spoke to the room about the late nature of this move, itís back-room qualities, and the timing. Everyone left the room feeling that this crisis had been averted.
Just recently, Don Moffitt got the call from Springfield that the DPH was attempting to require national certification for all EMTs in the state by disguising it as an emergency, thereby side stepping the hearing process, and Moffitt was in his car and in Springfield and BLOCKED it.
Today, I received this email from our EMS System:
Now, let me say that I do not have a problem with the National Registry. Itís a very good program and youíd better know your poop to get it. And thereís nothing wrong with knowing your poop. HOWEVER, there are a couple of problems:
EMS Chiefs and Coordinators---
> Received word today that effective immediately, there is no State of Illinois test available for any level (B,I, or P). This means that our current EMT-P and EMT-B class have no State test for licensure. They may opt to take the National Registry exam; however, the availability (and MANY other issues) are a problem with this option.
> This follows many weeks of discussion regarding the integrity of the State tests and how to resolve this issue. Do not know what the next step is, but suggest if you are concerned about this and the process that has been used to come to this State-wide decision that you call your State Officials--- State Senator of 35th district Brad Burzynski (895-6318) or State Representative Bob Pritchard (748-3494).
> Thank you for consideration of this crisis.
#1: The cost. Weíve already laid out $2,400 for tuition. We are LUCKY in that weíve had no salary costs (which could EASILY top $15,000 for a 3 semester course). NOW, itís going to cost us $220 for an exam fee (versus the states $40) (times 2 for both students).
#2: And by far the biggest problem: availability. There are exactly TWO exam sites in this state FOR THE REST OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR. One in Quincy on August 13 (too soon, medic class doesnít finish until August 20) and one in Maywood on November 24.
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So far, Iíve been crying about paramedic testing. Thatís cause thatís where WE are the shortest. Iím gonna miss out on Joshís shindig this weekend because Iím on call and canít get the others to cover (oddly enough, they have lives too). I know that others on my department have missed out on things because of the availability of paramedics to cover the rig. Weíve got two people in medic class now, set to graduate and two more bodies would make one hell of a big difference in our schedule. But how about these other departments that run a BLS rig? They are undoubtedly in the same fix we are.
Iím calling and emailing my legislators, but is it too late?
And the hits just keep on comin'.....
Okay, here's some more poop.....:
1. The fees. Yup, the National Regisrty is a $50 registration fee. BUT, each test site is free to charge whatever they like for the test.
So, the one in Quincy in August will cost you as follows:
1. NR Registration fee : $50
2. Blessing Hospital:
A. Written test fee: $10
B. Pratical stations: $20 ea. (there are 8)
Now, they are also offering a pre-test study course, for only $75 more.
But, those folks in class now can't take this one. They won't have their "T" cards in time. So sign up now for Maywood. And if you miss Maywood in December, you're really ****ed, 'cause there ain't no tests scheduled for Illinois next year (yet). And don't bother signing up out of state. Just found out that the way the IL state law is written, IDPH WILL NOT ACCEPT NATIONAL REGISTRY TEST RESULTS FOR TESTS TAKEN OUTSIDE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.
It's the energizer bunny.
I love it here.
(Edited to fix my rotten math, and spellink)