posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 01:26 PM
Saying that ALL paramedics are clueless pannies is a little over the top.
Paramedics get 2 years of training. EMT's considerably less. That said, RN's get 4 years training and LPN's get considerably less yet I have seen
and worked with some LPN's that I would rather have be my nurse if I needed one that some of the RN's. This includes being in ICU. LPN's in ICU
is frowned upon because of the many restrictions to their nurse practice act (what they can and can not do). Still, given enough bananas a monkey
could learn to do my job (RN) and I work in ICU/ER.
Critical thinking skills and common sense don't come with the diploma. One either has those or not. I've seen Dr's that lacked them and they had
a lot more education than me. There are, of course, paramedics that lack those skills or have some character defect that prevents them from utilizing
their skills/knowledge but overall, paramedics have ample training to do the work they do. They often make the difference in whether the patient
lives long enough to get to the ER/ICU. EMT's also have adequate training for the work they're supposed to do but, like nursing, we often utilize
people with less training to do things that need doing whether they have adequate training or not.
Plus, just like LPN's that work around RN's long enough will pick up on the skills/knowledge they didn't get in school, so will EMT's that ride
with paramedics absorb more than they got in school.
Each persons' level of conscientiousness and work ethic ultimately determines whether they are clueless pannies on the job, not whether they've had