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Career progression: ‘A good paramedic should outgrow their protocols’

The most successful practitioners are those who consider themselves to be lifelong learners – are you moving forward?

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Editor’s Note: Career development broke into the top 3 issues impacting EMS in the 2023 EMS Trend Survey, ranked by respondents up with recruitment and retention. The What Paramedics Want in 2024 Report will be launching this August, with insights informed by the 2024 EMS Trend Survey, exploring issues related to career pathways, health and wellness, and staffing.

In this episode of Inside EMS, our cohosts explore the impact of continuing education on providers’ career longevity and advancement. Tune in!

“If you’re the smartest one in the room, you’re in the wrong room.”

Education is the word of the day on this episode of Inside EMS, as cohosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson dissect the impact of higher learning on providers’ career longevity and advancement. Plus we dig into all this:

  • Starter EMS agencies. “Some agencies might just have to be the minor leagues, the starter programs and the feeders to the real EMS agencies.”
  • Prioritizing your professional growth. “We’re in charge of the career ladder. I shouldn’t have to worry about my organization putting something in place for me to grow. They don’t owe that to me. It’s my job to market myself and create the opportunity.”
  • Big picture impact of higher education. “When people say, ‘I don’t need an education to be a paramedic,’ they don’t know what they don’t know. It’s not until you get a little older and a little wiser that you realize the value of that education.”

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