Paramedics are pretty much the world's guardian angels. They provide medical care and diagnoses to people who have been involved in accidents or emergencies, who need the attention immediately. A simple 999 phone call and they will be right there! Unless you're calling just for a chat. Your loneliness is not an emergency.
In the film Forrest Gump, Forrest quoted: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” As a Paramedic you’ll be able to relate to Forrest. Emergencies you’ll be expected to handle, can range from cardiac arrest to casualties arising from criminal violence. Pretty random! This means you’ll have to be a jack of all trades, doing the following job responsibilities:
- Assessing the patient’s condition and determining the necessary treatment to carry out
- Treating patients at the scene or on route to hospital, which can include performing surgical procedures
- Using technical equipment such as ventilators and defibrillators to resuscitate patients
- Dealing with members of the public and reassuring relatives or friends of the patient
- Decontaminating equipment and the interior of the ambulance after use
- Producing case notes and reports on incidents and treatment given to patients
Key Skills & Characteristics
A Paramedic should:
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Be a good problem solver and act quickly under pressure
- Have a calm and reassuring demeanour
- Show determination and resilience in adverse conditions
- Possess strong observation skills, whilst using their initiative effectively
To make sure the standard of service provided by Paramedics are adequate, all Paramedics must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). I mean, you wouldn’t want a Paramedic to give you a paracetamol to treat a gunshot wound. It is recommended for individuals to study a degree in Paramedic Science. However, an alternative route is to become a Student Paramedic within an ambulance trust and study whilst working.
Previous experience can always play a big factor when you finally finish the course and are looking for work opportunities. Gathering relevant experience in a care setting, would be looked upon highly. If this isn't possible, achieving your first aid certificate and becoming a student member of the College of Paramedics could also improve your chances. This will evidence your interest in the field for employers to dribble over!
Advice From Our Experts
- Rewarding – It’s great to be able to help people in desperate need
- New Situations – You’re put into new situations all the time, which makes the role exciting
- Autonomy – You’re able to make your own decisions regarding patient care
- Fake Calls – Often we get fake calls which just waste our time
- Irregular Shifts – Very unsociable hours, which can effect your personal life
- Difficult Patients – You will always come across people that are unwilling to cooperate and can be quite vulgar