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.

 

Just an update

I now have my photo site up and running!

http://www.stretchermonkeyphoto.com

 

I also have the link now up at the menu bar. Let me know what you think!

Another night in the ER

Week two of orientation. I swear every time I come in for work it’s a much different experience. Working in a hospital again is something I swore I would never do, but it’s been kind of fun. And the pay is a whole lot better.

I also get to interact with docs a lot more than I have in the past. Which is a good thing. They respect our input as medics, and will ask us for our opinions about what they are ordering for our patients. It’s kind of a nice feeling that we are treated as healthcare professionals by them as well.

I’m not sure why so many people badmouth nurses at this hospital, but I also haven’t seen the attitude towards EMS crews that many complain about. I have heard very little comments of “ambulance drivers,” other than to crews that pretty much only deserve that title. For the most part, the RNs here are very considerate towards the crews and will actually listen to them. Same with the treatment they get in the Trauma Room from the docs and the trauma team. It’s actually kind of cool to see how everything plays out from this side.

But on the other hand, I can’t wait to get back on a truck. I haven’t worked an EMS shift in coming on two weeks at this point, and I miss it. I’m gonna probably go back to that little rural service I used to work at in the next week or so and start to pick up some shifts. I have been informed that my services at the Evil Empire are no longer needed, so that’s one less thing I have to deal with.

Anyways, ya’ll stay safe and I’ll update later. I’m actually getting rather busy tonight lol

BTW, these night twelves are killing me. I miss my bunk for shifts

This is weird…

So… it’s my first night as an ER Paramedic at the state’s trauma center… So far all I can say is;
This is weird… Very weird. It’s kinda fun though, since there are only two of us (counting my trainer) here on the floor, and we are responsible for not only primary patient care on up to 6 patients at once, but also we are the go-to people to help in the rest of the unit and the trauma bays.
I honestly never thought I wanted to go back to working in a hospital again, but this could be fun. Plus there’s the amazing benefits and the option of free education on a pretty consistent basis. I’m still going to be working the truck at least a few shifts a month (or one a week I hope) but this will become my primary job. It’s also easy to transition to a flight team job after I’ve been here a while, since the hospital runs a fixed wing program.
But this is also my first night shift in a long time that going to bed when I’m not doing anything isn’t an option. THAT I don’t like. But here we go. Another chapter opened, another door taken. Let’s see what kind of trouble I can get myself in.
-TJ

Also, please be sure to check out my facebook photography page, or look on my Tumblr page for more of my photos. Links are attached to my about me page.

 

And as an aside, I’m not sure why comments are being disabled on certain posts. If you have a comment or concern, post it to either my facebook page for the blog (Life of a Transport Jockey) or email to me at transportjockey@gmail.com

It’s been a hell of a ride

And there’s still more to go… I was just thinking of this past year and what all has happened.
1) I obtained my FP-C certification in October
2) I began work as a line supervisor for the evil empire, which I have just stepped down from
3) I have made a damned good name for myself as a smart, aggressive medic in my system
4) I got a job at a local hospital as an ER Paramedic
5) I’ve finally made plans to go back to school..

Now to keep it up and start working towards my flight job!

I’m not one for bragging…

But I’m promoting my newest venture… Stretcher Monkey Photography!
You can find it here:
https://www.facebook.com/Stretchermonkeyphoto
I’m going to be actively promoting my photography venture a little bit I think. Let me know what ya’ll think, and spread the word! :) Below is the most recent picture I’ve done, PHI Med 51 on the pad at sunset

PHI Med 51 on the pad at sunset

Let’s Try Something New

Here we go again


Well… Here we go again. Up there is gear, clothes, and uniforms for the next month. I deploy tomorrow morning at 0955 to NH as a relief medic. Should be rather fun and the protocols are very broad. I’ll be gone for the next month and might be there a little longer. I can’t wait to get this started.

New Toy

So I don’t do this much… but I bought a new toy and wanted to talk about it for a second. As most of you know I work rural 911 (both paid and volunteer) and urban IFT/CCT. I was looking around on Amazon for a few things for my camera and somehow this came up on my recommendations. 

 

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It’s the NAR Boa Contricting IV band. It looked interesting so I decided I’d order it and give it a try. I have used it the past three weeks on all sorts of calls. And compared it to a standard tq like comes in most start kits. So far I like it.

I had a couple tough sticks, including a diabetic that is seizing who had really crappy veins. I had known this from past experience running on this patient. I tried a standard tq and couldn’t find anything, then I remembers that I clipped the boa onto my pants and decided to give it a try. Put it on rather high up, then rolled it down and ‘bam’, a vein popped up that was enough for me to find a place to stick.

Used it on and off on a lot of patients, especially renal failure and oncology patients that I’ve run into the past few weeks and it works amazing. I really have to hand it to them, they have put out a product that is pretty damned cool. And so far it has held up to cavi wipes and just generally being carried by me (I’m pretty hard on things).

All-in-all, a good piece of kit. Especially if you don’t have the money for a veinlite :)