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A month has passed since EMS World Expo 2012 concluded in New Orleans and I’m just now finding myself able to give a brief update.
This month back in the real world was certainly rough after such an amazing vacation, but the conference has given me much food for thought (just what my hungry mind was looking for) and actually may have actually changed the course of my life…
First, I attended the pre-conference session entitled, “Beyond the Basics” given by Limmer, Mistovich, and Batsie. I can honestly say that this was the most rewarding part of the conference. It was a two-day session which covered many topics on a BLS level, but with deeper explanations of common topics often “skimmed over” in EMT school and with the added thought exercises and a scenario-based learning approach designed to empower EMTs. I wish I could have spent more time with these guys! I really did feel so much more knowledgeable and empowered after leaving their class. Now I’m left with the challenge of trying to apply the knowledge I gained there to my practice while remaining within the boundaries of my services’s protocols (more on that some other time).
The rest of the conference was good as well. I attended so many wonderful, educational, informative, and insightful lectures and made a number of professional connections with people I met there. I even met a couple of EMS celebrities, most notable of which being Kelly Grayson (the one who gave me the free pass), though I only got to say “hi” and “thank you” very briefly at the end of his lecture. Mistovich is actually one of the writers of my EMT textbook, which I thought was kinda cool, and Limmer and Batsie are textbook authors as well. Also, I know for a fact (from stalking his blog) that I was in the same room more than once with Rogue Medic, but since I don’t actually know what he looks like (he’s the ninja of the EMS bloggers I read), I didn’t get to talk to him.
Now about the course of my life: Some of you may remember my impossible dilemma regarding me going to graduate school for clinical psychology. Yes. Well, that is on the back-burner now because a couple of months ago, I decided that I wanted to go to nursing school and become an RN first. That’s all fine and good. But now that EMS Expo has rekindled my original passion for EMS, I am now thinking about going to medic school! I will go to graduate school eventually, but the decision I need to make right now (and I mean now—applications are going to be due soon) is whether to go to medic school or nursing school. I have a list of pros and cons of each in my head and for the last several weeks have found myself unable to make a decision. I change my mind a dozen times a day and each time I do, it feels right. I’m going out of my mind and am making myself sick with the stress of figuring this out. I can’t convince myself that it will be okay no matter which way I go—I want to make the right decision!
So that’s my life right now. Feel free to share your advice/buy me a drink. I’ll let you know what I decide after I
flip a coin spend many more hours thinking, reflecting, and planning.
Hello, loyal readers!
Remember me? Well, I’ve been in Middle of Nowhere, USA for over 6 months now and it’s been almost that long since I’ve written a blog post (yikes!) so I thought I’d amend that right now.
Okie dokie then, where to start?
1. I made it past the probationary period at my (counselor) job last week! Translation: Before, they could fire me without reason or notice and I didn’t have access to my vacation time. Now, they’d have to go through hell to fire me and I haz vacation!
2. Speaking of vacation, I’ll be using all of mine to spend a week in New Orleans for EMS World Expo!! That’s right. Thanks to the never-ending awesomeness and generosity of Kelly Grayson, a.k.a. Ambulance Driver, I’ve got a free pass to the conference! I was planning on going anyway—y’all know what a nerd I am. I can’t resist going to a conference where all of the greatest minds in EMS congregate annually to share their knowledge and experience with us newbies (and oldies alike)! But now I have $385 less that I need to earn in overtime. That translates to about a gazillion more hours I have to not be at work, stay home, and focus on other things.
3. Speaking of other things, graduate school is probably still happening in the near future. Like in the next couple of years. After attending a conference geared toward helping young Native people like myself with the graduate school process, I have a ton more confidence in myself and my grad school potential. I have been energized and am SO READY to go to grad school RIGHT NOW. I just still need a bit more time to prepare. My current timeline has me ready to apply and to start in the fall of 2014. That’s IF I can make the most of these 2 years until then and put together a kick-ass application to get into the schools I want to go to.
4. I became a real EMT this week as well. I know, I know. I became a real EMT when I passed National Registry. Then when I got my registry certificate/patch in the mail. Then when I got hired for an ambulance service. Then when I started working for that ambulance service. And now I’ve become a /real/ EMT again now that I’m off orientation and on my own! I work part-time as an EMT, meaning I only work a couple of shifts per week, so it took about 4 months for me to complete my 4-step orientation packet. But I’m done now and had my first (half) shift on my own on Sunday! =D The main thing I struggle with now is learning my way around this town (gimme a break! I’ve only lived here 6 months and I basically just drive to and from work every day…). Of course, I continually strive to become a better EMT—you know, someone who is capable of actually assessing and treating a patient rather than being just a medic’s bitch—and will continue to develop my clinical skills with each and every call. I love the medics at my service and they’re all pretty good at throwing tips and advice my way to help me grow into the truly kick-ass EMT I know I can be.
And that’s my current life in a nutshell. I promise I’ll make my grand return to the blogosphere very soon! My absence has not been due to lack of material—I’ve just been so busy. I work an average of 64-72 hours per week between my two jobs and I just needed a break. (Hey, blogging takes up a lot of time and energy!)
No, no, no. Don’t y’all worry. Ms. Katie B., B.A., NREMT, CNA, Badass Bitch will be back in full force very soon! Look forward to it.