Our Paramedics

For Paramedic Services week 2018 we will be giving you a chance to get to know several of our Paramedics. We are very proud of all of them and they do a great job serving the people of Lambton County

Steve

How many years have you been a Paramedic?

8.5 years

What is your favorite thing about being a Paramedic?

No two calls are the same so you never get bored. This career always keeps you thinking. 

What is the most challenging part of being a paramedic?

The most challenging part of being a paramedic is you don't always get to find out what was actually wrong with your patient. You can always take an educated guess but usually, due to privacy laws, you never actually find out what the problem was. 

Describe a situation where you felt you had a positive impact on a patients life?

Going back to school to become an Advanced Care Paramedic has had a direct and positive impact on many of my patient's lives over the last 5 years. I am confident the extra skills and knowledge from the extra schooling has allowed me to help people's conditions improve significantly that would not have otherwise.

One piece of advice for aspiring paramedics

Never take anything personally. No matter what happens, as long as you've done your best, that's all you can do.

One thing most people don't know about me is

I'm a sucker for a good flick or dancing/singing movies. 

Jen

How many years have you been a Paramedic?

I have been working as a Paramedic for 14 years.  This summer marks the start of my 15th year.

What is your favorite thing about being a Paramedic?

My favorite thing about being a Paramedic is that every day is something different.  We come to work not knowing what is ahead for us.  In some cases, we are the ones that people look to for comfort and reassurance when they are experiencing what they believe could be the worst day in their lives.  There are days that are busy and put us through many different challenges and leave us to make difficult decisions.  Then there are days that are slower and we can brush up on our knowledge and protocols or even be able to get in that Saturday morning breakfast.

What is the most challenging part of being a paramedic?

 The most challenging thing about being a Paramedic is learning how to stay emotionally healthy.  Some calls are hard to leave at work and can follow us home.  Sometimes we are our own worst critic, rethinking how we ran a call, if we could have done something different or even better.  It can take a toll on our mental health and at times can be emotionally draining.  Thankfully, I work with a bunch of awesome people, that make the hard days that much better.

Describe a situation where you felt you had a positive impact on a patients life?

 I started a new role this past year, as one of the Community Paramedics.  I see each day the positive impact that we have on patients.  The best part of that has been successfully educating patients on their diseases and to see them stay healthy because they now know how to manage their blood sugars, eat proper meals, can take their medications and know why they should take them.  One of our patients in the community paramedic program, has said that she feels more confident in herself because she knows we are there to support her, and she feels more comfortable at home because we are just a phone call away. 

One piece of advice for aspiring paramedics

My advice for those wanting to become a paramedic, is find out as much as you can and prepare yourself.  Talk to a paramedic, ask them what it is like, try volunteering and don't stop learning.  For those that are already pursuing this path, my advice to them is remember that kind words and actions sometimes go a bit farther than what you learn in school.  Holding a hand, lending a listening ear and reassuring words has a significant benefit in patient care.  

One thing most people don't know about me is

Well there's not much people don't know, but I'm a wife and a mother to all boys - which leads to a pretty crazy life!! I also belong to an axe throwing league!!

Amanda

How many years have you been a Paramedic?

  14 years

What is your favorite thing about being a Paramedic?

Other than “helping people”, which is the usual answer, I’d say it’s that everyday is different. You never know what your day will be like.

What is the most challenging part of being a paramedic?

Giving bad news. I’m horrible at it. I’d be happy to never do it again. There’s nothing worse than explaining a death to loved ones.

Describe a situation where you felt you had a positive impact on a patients life?

I’d have to say it’s whenever a patient tells us how wonderful we’ve been. To know that we’ve lessened their stress, or their pain, and made them feel taken care of, those calls make my day. And ROSCs are pretty awesome too! Lol. But rare. 

One piece of advice for aspiring paramedics

 It’s hard to get a job in this field these days but if you do, it’s a challenging and sometimes rewarding job, and definitely worth it.

One thing most people don't know about me is

 I can’t think of anything. I’m a pretty open person. My life outside work is a typical mom life.

Tanisha

How many years have you been a Paramedic?

  

It will be 2 years in August. 

What is your favorite thing about being a Paramedic?

  

Being in new environments, meeting new people, and experiencing new challenges. 

What is the most challenging part of being a paramedic?

 Being a paramedic is both physically and mentally challenging as you never know what situations you could be going into. This job can take a physical and mental toll in your personal life so it’s always good to be aware of what resources you have around you and where you can seek help and support .

Describe a situation where you felt you had a positive impact on a patients life?

 A situation where I felt I had a positive impact on patient’s life was when myself and my partner were called to a home for a patient that had fallen out of bed and just required a lift assist. While there we noted that the patient needed extra assistance in her home especially with some day-to-day care. While communicating with the patient we learned that she was trying to find resources to get assistance in her home. We were able to educate the patient on the resources available to her in the community and our ability to put in a referral for her that would help get assistance and connect her with available resources.

One piece of advice for aspiring paramedics

 If you want to work in this field it is beneficial to keep up and maintain your education. This field is always changing and there is always something new to learn.  You can never learn too much.

One thing most people don't know about me is

  

If I didn’t go to school for paramedicine I would have went to school to become a Medical Lab Technician. 


Krista

How many years have you been a Paramedic?

I graduated from College 14 years ago and have been working for 10 years.

What is your favorite thing about being a Paramedic?

My favorite thing about being a paramedic is that everyday is different. Some days are over-the-top busy and some days are more laid back and you can catch up on studying or have some good chats with your partner. 

What is the most challenging part of being a paramedic?

The most challenging part of being a paramedic is staying healthy....Physically and Mentally. It's too easy to forget to take care of yourself when you're busy caring for others. It's a challenging job and it's so important to stay on top of your own health if you want to make it to retirement. I also find it challenging sometimes to work where i live and grew up. Responding to calls for friends and family can be very difficult emotionally.

Describe a situation where you felt you had a positive impact on a patients life?

I truly hope that there are many people out there that feel I've had a positive impact on their life because that's the reason I do this job, but I do have one call that involved a woman that didn't know she was pregnant and was home alone, in labour.  We helped deliver a beautiful baby boy in the back of our ambulance. I've hoped I had a positive impact on her, so when I was asked this question, I thought the best way to answer would be to ask her. (and yes it made me cry!!)  Here's what she said "Krista, you definitely positively impacted my life... OUR life. I honestly think about you EVERY day. You were the only people who made me feel any sort of comfort. I felt no judgement and I didn't feel alone, I felt safe. That all ended for me when you guys left the hospital and the shock set in. I felt very alone until I saw that you had reached out to me and even went to visit my baby in London. You even took the only  picture I have of us from that night with my phone for me. You just cared and it's something I will never forget and I am so thankful for you. I still don't know how to thank you enough. You are a beautiful person inside and out and you are the perfect person to be a paramedic. Thank you for being there."

One piece of advice for aspiring paramedics

My advice for aspiring paramedics is to do as much as you can to be prepared. Don't stop reading, learning and networking. Volunteer as much as you can. It's so good for the soul to volunteer. Talk to your local paramedics and learn as much as you can about the job. Keep striving to be an all around better person.

One thing most people don't know about me is

I'm a pretty open book, so there isn't much most people don't know about me. But for those that don't know me, I'm a wife and mom. I wear my heart on my sleeve, I love my friends and family deeply, and I love to travel with my husband and children.