Education in EMS
After talking with numerous people who are smarter than myself, I believe that EMS education needs to be reexamined and remodeled. This will not be easy and will take us as a profession some time to do it right. In order for us to justify more pay, we need to move from our current certification model to a licensure model. In order to do that, we need to have a comprehensive, standardized model of education. In addition, while we are moving to that model, we need to reassure the current paramedics that do not have the proposed model of education, that they will be secure in their positions.
I truly believe that our profession will grow and flourish with an education model similar to other first world countries. After talking with Canadian and Australian paramedics, they have a system that produces more paramedic graduates than what their individual countries systems need. There is not a shortage of paramedics with a higher education model in those countries so why do we believe that there would be one here in the States.
Additionally, I believe that an associate or bachelors level degree would help lessen a paramedics stress. I believe that because a paramedic would learn additional subjects while becoming a paramedic that will help them in their everyday life, like personal finance and basic accounting. Having less personal stress will decrease a paramedic’s overall stress level while working on shift in a high stress profession.