Thursday, May 26, 2005

Is it so????

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the last meeting, and there were a couple of things that I heard about..... I was wondering if they were true. First, is it true that we will no longer have "private pay" details, and that they will all become "city pay" details? Second, is it true that we will no longer be able to go tax exempt for certain payweeks, i.e., Mardi Gras? If these things are in fact true, what are everyones feelings on it? Just curious....

Saturday, May 21, 2005


I see that Nicky wrote we do not get into this field for recognition and tying this into the "tard" postings, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the person that influenced me the most when I was precepting... Mrs. Helena Asprion of EJGH. Helena was an excellent preceptor. She would always challenge me to perform to the best of my ability no matter what the situation. Her insight into the "prehospital world" was amazing. She would "let me go" but I always knew she was right there with me and the patient. Sadly, she is now a nurse (my guess is probably a damn good one) so I'm not sure what role she currently plays in precepting EMT students anymore. To Helena, I say thank you for guiding me and helping me to become the paramedic I am today.
Everyone: please share your thoughts on who you believe was your best preceptor, let's recognise each other if noone else will!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Hard on Tards

There have been a lot of strong comments under the post "Concrete Ideas." Togetherness says a lot about a service. Can we all try to pull together and try to establish that once more? No, 80% of our calls don't sound particularly interesting or fun (thousand year-old female c/o weakness). But trying to help each other out by jumping calls if you're closer or if you know a a crew is trying to get a 40, or voluntarily going to a scene where crews sound like they need help would build up our cohesiveness and make HD an even better place to work.
Think there are a lot of "tards" here? How about instead of whining about it, we use that energy to try and make them better EMT's. If you think someone can't hang, might it be because no one properly showed them?
To all the old people out there, remember when you were first here? What made you a better medic when you were green? Wasn't it the experienced people with a combination of accurate instruction as well as giving you a hard time for being the FNG? When was the last time we explained to a new person why we do something? Or show a "tard" how to write a report or start an IV or talk to med control? I know I learned most of my skills by doing it with good partners, not from P-class. Because of this, I knew ACLS algorithms, how to mix drips, draw up drugs, get non-emergents and decompress chests long before I ever went to paramedic class. Why? Because my partners showed a little initiative and caring about their work to help me out as a green FNG.
If we care so much about our reputation and the quality of medics at HD, doesn't it devolve upon us to take it upon ourselves to improve it? When we were new, the old-timers then made HD a great service. Now that many of us are the old timers, we must uphold the "tradition." If you want to "weed out the tards," YOU should take it upon yourself to make them better EMT's. After all, it'll be their job when we're gone. It's up to us to show them how.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

All those shiny shoes and no hats?

Just wanted to take a little time to say thanks to all who attended the inspection by the mayor. I know no one wanted to spend their day off getting all dressed up in scratchy pants and ties to come out to the square and sweat in the sun. Hoo-Ra to all who made the effort. Way to show a little bit of give a damn for the family. This was exactly the kind of thing that makes the cream rise to the top. Just wanted to let ya'll know how proud I was to be a part of it.
Soldiers, march on. J.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Welome to Our Family

Would like to take the time to welcome the newest member of our family. Gianna Sophia Culotta, was born Monday evening. Mom and Dad are both doing well at this time. Little Gianna is resting in the PICU with some minor difficulties, but is improving steadily. Please keep Nick Stacy and Gianna in your thoughts and prayers, as I'm sure they would appreciate them. Congratulations.