Saturday, May 21, 2005

Recognition

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!!!

8 comments:

Sean said...

My outstanding preceptors were at HD. JoJo, John Neal and Randy Carstater were the ones who really tought me clinical skills, scene control and documentation. I loved working with them (still do) and even though they gave me a really hard time for being the FNG, it motivated me to one day be an experience paramedic and even better, they showed me how to teach.
Of course, there were many others - Willy Baudoin, CJ Orgeron, Scott Vaughn, T-Man, Wayne Bascle, Eric Peterson, Bruce Pizzolatto and Cesar Corzantes all gave me valuable nuggets of wisdom that I still value today and affect the way I work. It's those people who I think of when I reflect on my impressionable years as a new EMT.
And today, there are those who I truly respect and want to emulate, like Yolanda Wilson, Nick Culotta, Susan Robinson, Luke Strack, Chris Keller, and and Ray Mandola have all taught me valuable insights and skills and remind me of why I became a Paramedic in the first place.

Chad said...

I had a few good preceptors, but I think Tim Butcher had the most influence on me of anyone in New Orleans. He gave me the drive to learn as much as I possibly could about medicine, and human nature, and to have the wisdom to understand that the more I learn, the more I realize how little I actually know.

Melinda said...

Tim Butcher was (and still is) a wonderful instructor. His wealth of knowledge, along with all of his silly Boudreaux and Thibodeaux jokes, made him one of the most outstanding insructor and mentor that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. There have been a few others as well, like Gary Trahan, Richard Barham, Brian Gibson, Luke Strack.... just to name a few. And of course, there are those who I look forward to learning from, like Fitz, and some of the other guys ( or girls) who have been here for a while.

Melinda said...

And of course, I can't forget Debbie Redfearn and Missy Mollere from good ol' Delgado. Those two were awesome!!!

i'msofain said...

Barbara was a fantastic instructor - I was lucky enough to be her student in the last EMT-B class she taught at Delgado, along with Colleen, Josh and Katrina McCrary. But I credit my old partner George Schwindling at Lifeguard for reinstilling in me an interest and joy in learning about EMS. George was a longtime medic at EJ who got his P in 1982 in the second paramedic class ever offered at Charity. He taught me more about EMS and ALS in 3 months than anyone else has even come close to in the paltry 4 years I've been doing this job. I've worked with some good and even great medics, but George influenced and inspired me to do my best more than anyone.

Props also to Patty Hasney for teaching me tons of clinical knowledge, as well as to Russ Cimo (by far one of the the nicest and smartest medics EVER at EJ), Frank Petta (for showing me how to smile and charm the pants off patients and their families) and Kenny Knowles (for showing me, often to Patty's disdain, how to chill the fuck out).

Melinda said...

Petta teaching you how to charm the pants off of people???? Imagine that!haha

grrlmedic said...

We were suppose to precept BEFORE we became paramedics??? Well somebody coulda told ME!!

i'msofain said...

Ok so I realize that my comment was techically under a post about precepting, but I just wanted to shower a little praise on some of the folks that have helped me along in EMS.