See that guy grabbing the gurney? That’s me…. Well, no, not really, but that’s how I feel sometimes!
An EMT is often confronted with the false reality that the job they perform on a daily basis is not nearly as important as that of a Paramedic or other personnel on scene. As EMTs, we find ourselves being belittled or relegated to stretcher-bearer on many calls, due only to our official medical designation.
When I worked back East, both my partner and I had enough of being belittled and pushed aside by the less experienced and in many cases less mature paramedics that worked for the same company we worked for. We had had it up to our teeth with the almost dismissive and irrelevant attitude they had shown daily towards our own patient caring and skill level as well as our knowledge of the business.
So we decided to go to medic school to solve that problem. We went to medic school to gain respect and to become more appreciated by our fellow EMS personal, not to become better at our job or to be able to perform more interventions to use on a call. We went to Medic school for that ‘pat on the back’ we could just not seem to get doing our jobs as basic EMTs.
WE WENT TO MEDIC SCHOOL FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS
This is what happens more and more in EMS these days. EMTs that strive to be the best that they can be, working hard every day sometimes doing mind-numbing transport calls, then getting that coveted 911 call, only to be pushed aside and treated like an average bystander on the scene of an accident or trauma.
All the EMT wants to do is be a part of a team, and be a part of the action sometimes and to be able to hold that torch up high with a sign that says, “I became and EMT to save lives and that is what I am doing.
We desperately want to be respected by our peers for the job we do.
We expect our EMTs to be professional and to love and enjoy there job and to be professional and courteous to patients and fellow workers, but then we ask of them the most mundane and tedious of jobs and belittle them right to their faces for doing it.
It’s time for a change in EMS and it’s time that the EMT gets the respect they deserve with the appreciation and gratitude that is bestowed on others of lesser ability, caring and skill level.
It’s time we thanked our EMT-B’s for doing the hardest job in EMS and its time to treat them like the heroes they are.