If you are thinking of attending paramedic school, there are at least five key reasons why this is a wise choice and could be a field you will be happy in.
An Increased Need for Emergency Medical Care
In today's increasingly technology-driven world of instant gratification, accidents are more likely to happen: People are often trying to do too many things at one time. An unintended side effect of this is higher stress realized across the entire population. This increases the number of stress-related conditions (heart attacks and stroke, for example) that require the immediate attention of trained medical personnel. Therefore, if you want to help people and do so quickly, then attending paramedic school could be for you.
Don't Buckle Under Stress
When training to be a paramedic, you will learn to respond quickly to an emergency situation. These types of situations might range from answering a house call from someone who has fallen ill to a car accident with multiple injuries. In order to quickly assess the situation, you need to be able to handle stress and give proper medical attention to those in need.
Every Day is Different
If you don't see yourself sitting behind a desk in an office environment, then working as a paramedic, where every day you might see something different — while taking care of people, to boot — is a good career choice. And while you may think you love being outside, you'll also have to be able to tolerate all kinds of weather. Therefore, being able to do your job in a heat wave as well as pouring rain or even a snow storm is vital.
Help Those in Need
Paramedics generally are the first responders at the scene when someone is injured. Having the stomach to face what might be a very graphic scene is crucial. The ability to quickly get an injured person on a stretcher or backboard and into an ambulance for medical attention is a huge part of what a paramedic does on a daily basis. You'll also need to be a compassionate and caring individual — especially when dealing with people who might be bleeding, unconscious, or in shock.
Be a Keen Observer
Ultimately, as a paramedic, you will have to make instant decisions on how to quickly stabilize a person who is injured or ill until they are able to receive further medical attention. You will have to possess the skills necessary to decide what you need to do in order to transport a patient safely and quickly. Being able to talk to an injured person, or even a bystander who witnessed the accident or onset of the illness, is key. Often, the decisions you make each and every time you are working as a paramedic in the field need to be life-saving ones!
Everyone counts on paramedics in their time of need. Make sure that the skills you learn in school thoroughly prepare you for the actuality of your everyday job as a paramedic.