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Career Story: Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician

Job Title: Emergency Medical Technician

Type of Company: The companies I have worked for have been focused on health care.

Education: attended, Massasoit Community College (Canton, MA)

Previous Experience: After serving in the Marine Corps for five years, I worked as an emergency room technician at a series of Boston-area emergency rooms.

Job Tasks: I am an EMT. I work in hospitals and on ambulances and respond to medical emergencies. In the hospital I am responsible for many things: stocking medical supplies, recording patient's vital signs and bandaging, casting and splinting a variety of wounds. I worked on the hospital's code team and responded to any cardiac arrest in the facility. Basically, I have to handle, along with nurses and doctors, anything that comes through the doors in an emergency room. I never know what is going to happen on any given shift. For the most part, we try to manage controlled chaos, being surrounded by injured and sick people at all times and trying to take care of everyone's needs as expeditiously as we can.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being part of a team that is dedicated to helping others in their time of need. Many of the people we see are very sick, injured and sometimes dying. It is very satisfying to know that you have made a difference in someone's life.

The worst part of my job is when someone dies. You work as hard as you can and do everything possible and it doesn't matter what you do, they die. The clean up isn't pretty either.

Job Tips: Go to school! Nothing can substitute for education. Experience will pay off over time. Education pays off now. Don't be lazy. Success isn't so much about who is smarter. It is usually about who works harder. Pay attention to others. There will be plenty of people around you that have been doing this kind of work for a long time and they can often teach you the things you will never learn in school.

Additional Thoughts: -Always be friendly and courteous. Nobody likes a jackass. It will help your co-workers respect you and put those around you at ease.

-Confidence is important. If you act like you know what you are doing others will believe that you do.

-Always be flexible. Nothing ever goes as planned. Be able to think and make decisions. Being uptight and stressed out will drive you crazy when things don't go the way they should.

-Have a sense of humor. If you can't laugh at yourself, you will not last long in this job.

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