It is like an addiction

Well, I’m now seven weeks into working in a hospital. I haven’t stepped foot in an ambulance for seven weeks… And god do I miss it. But I might have some options coming up.

I honestly knew I loved working an ambulance, and it’s been years since I haven’t worked full time with a service somewhere. But I haven’t even volunteered due to some personal issues. I find myself missing the rush of certain calls and the camaraderie of EMS crews decompressing after a bad call. But this is ridiculous. I go to work in the ER loving what I do. But I do get jealous of the crews that come in.

So my options coming up… I have a written test tomorrow morning at 1000 for a company I first got my start at. I was terminated there years ago for an MVC, but now that I’m a medic and it’s been 6 years, they are looking at bringing me on again it looks like. I applied for PT work in the greater metro area. So probably on their CCT truck they are trying to stand up or their little 911 contract. Guess I will see.

The bad part? I get off work after 12 hour night shift tomorrow at 0700. Gonna be a long day.

My other option is that I applied, with my hospital preceptors recommendation and urging, to a local fixed wing operation here in the metro area. They are a good company and I’ve loved their crews when I’ve had to transport them to and from the airport and hospital. Plus I work with multiple RNs and medics that work there now that I’m at the TC. I was told they might be able to work with me being juts under experience due to my having worked two concurrent full time jobs for close to 2 years as a primary medic, plus having my FP-C already. Waiting for a call to interview, but I was told I’ll get that call. The rest I’m on my own for, lol.

And the last option is going back to the rural county I volunteered for. It’s tempting, as they’ve had a massive change in leadership recently. And from what I’ve been told it’s for the best. I still have an in there if I want it, at least that’s what I’ve been told.

All this combined with going back to school next semester, getting my photography business off the ground, and continuing working full time at the TC leaves my head spinning… but that’s what I want :) I like keeping busy.

New pictures and changes

So now that I’m actively promoting my photography venture, I figured I’ll post a couple of my newest pictures and the link to the site. I have updated some of the content and the formatting. Let me know what ya’ll think.

http://www.stretchermonkeyphoto.com

 

Another Night…

I have quickly found one advantage of working in the ED… Easy to talk to other providers and learn more about some of their positions. Take PAs for example. I’ve always thought somewhat of becoming a PA, especially lately, over a NP… For the sole benefit of I don’t have to be a Nurse first!

All kidding to our nursing colleagues aside, PA seems like it was tailor-made for Paramedics to transition into once they have obtained an undergrad degree. And the option is sound even more appealing when I found out just how much money and effort my hospital would be willing to sink into a paramedic finishing his BS-EMS at the attached university and then trying to apply to PA school. My boss supports it 110%, as long as I stay in Emergency Medicine lol.

The more I work in a hospital setting (including my previous time as a Tech) makes me think that becoming a Nurse is not for me. Especially starting out on a Med-Surg floor or the like. If I could jump right into ED or ICU Nursing, then that’s another story, but I still don’t know if I want to spend time as a nurse (other than possibly flight, which requires ICU/ED time) before I transition to a mid-level provider. The only benefit I’m seeing is the increase in pay while I’m working my way up to a mid-level. Not to mention the way PAs are taught is a closer fit to the way Paramedics are taught to think.

Either way, I think I might actually be here at this hospital a while so I can finish some education. I want that undergrad degree and want to improve myself as a medic. Plus working here let’s me attempt to transition over to fixed wing flight medicine and put my little wings to use. From there, who knows. All I know if I want to keep learning and keep getting experience.