||[Sep. 22nd, 2009|03:39 pm]
hey all - I'm wondering if you could give me some information about becoming an EMT.|
I'm working right now as a live-in PCA for two disabled individuals (one with epilepsy, the other with a heart condition.) this summer I finished a basic nursing course and was going to continue into a two year ADN-RN program but withdrew, in good standing, and moved to Massachusetts instead, where I'm considering what I want to do next.
I've sat through a few minor seizures with my friend, recently, and being a PCA is rewarding and all, but I really hate feeling impotent in the face of an emergency. if someone has a serious problem I want to know what to do, and be able to do it. I expressed the desire along with an interest in wilderness medicine to a nursing forum a while back, and was told to look into EMT/Paramedic training. at the time I figured I'd just stick to nursing, but since I'm now in a new state and starting over, I want to investigate EMT training as well.
what does it take to be a good EMT? I'm not naturally some kind of adrenaline junkie, my temperment is probably closer to that of a therapist than anything. I found the pass-perfectly or fail-and-get-kicked-out tests in my one semester of (pre) nursing school stressful, though I did pass all of them, got my BLS certification and was all set to move on to clinicals this semester had I not moved instead. I'm motivated by wanting to help people, be useful, and be respected - I would just as soon not be thrilled, honestly. does that say anything about whether or not I should look into the EMT thing more?
also, question: they train you to hell and try to shock you a lot before you're actually given responsibility, right? if it's something that I can look into and see if I'm cut out for, that's great, but I don't want to be in a situation where I'd find out I can't handle it and I've got someone's health or life on the line.
input from anyone regarding whether or not there is an "EMT personality" and whether I have it or not would be appreciated, and specific information about programs in western massachusetts would be especially wonderful.