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Women in Canadian Paramedicine:
Voices of Change

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AM2020 – Editorial

By: Becky Donelon, Jenny Van Nistelrooy, Cheryl Cameron, Angeline Abela, Kathy Reid-Soucy, Bre Hutchinson Welcome, we are pleased to once again bring forward articles and discussion, the voices of change, to the profession’s understanding and commitment to praxis of diversity and inclusion in paramedicine practice and leadership. Paramedics have become much more active in advancing the notion that inclusivity and diversity are important and possible only with intentional and sometimes courageous or contentious acts. Higher expectations for opportunity, equity and

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Implications of Power, Position, and Privilege in Paramedic Practice

By Becky Donelon How we understand our own identity and competence in relation to what the patient needs or wants influences how we provide good care in our practice. We provide care to many different populations in many diverse settings address(ing) gaps in an evolving and stressed healthcare system  that cross boundaries and factors of gender, geography, sex, socioeconomic status, age, and disability. Better understanding of how these factors implicate how we view and care for patient populations is emerging.

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The Fearless Face(s) Of Change—BCEHS

By Jennie Helmer, BCEHS Introduction Imagine moving away from doing things simply because that’s the way they’ve always been done. What if there was a model where “paramedics are the clinical leaders and provide system-wide peer medical oversight based on best practice and evidence-based medicine (1). According to BC-based Paramedic Specialist Kathy Pascuzzo, this is what CliniCall -a peer-based system of collaborative and consultative care at the British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS)-aims to achieve. She and her three women

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Mentoring & Sponsorship In Rural EMS

By Selena Letain Introduction I had the opportunity to attend the Women of Paramedicine Leadership Summit in November 2019. The event was hosted by several inspiring and accomplished women presenters who spoke with passion about an array of notable topics. There was one quote in particular that resonated with me – own your privilege. These were words expressed by Paige Mason while presenting her study on Female Leadership in Paramedicine (FLiP), and speaking of her privileges in her career. After

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Emotional Intelligence

By Laura Hirello & Tyne Lunn Classic Case Consider a simulated case where your unit responds to a 70-year-old male in a witnessed cardiac arrest. When you arrive to the home, firefighters have already initiated CPR. You manage the arrest like you have previously: continue CPR, place defibrillation pads, rhythm check, obtain pertinent medical history, manage the airway, oxygenate, establish intravenous access, and administer cardiac medications while searching for reversible and treatable underlying causes. After 20 minutes of effort with

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Diversity Champion Program

By Paige Mason BA MA(c), Jill Allan BSc BEd BA, Dara Bowie BA Diversity and Inclusion – Not Just Buzzwords Diversity is about every single person, each unique with different strengths borne from life experiences, education, personality type, socio-economic status and many other factors. Inclusion is about creating an environment where such strengths are celebrated and everyone can be their authentic self while feeling their views and work are valued.[1] While we all tend to believe we are open-minded, unconsciously

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Voices Of Change: Impressions From The Profession

By: Teresa Coulter, Aimee Astick, Adrienne Renton “Olivia” by Teresa Coulter My current project, “Olivia” is an oil painting on canvas representing 5 female figures. Olivia is the subject who I collaborated with for this painting. It is a reminder of the many roles we step in to. From pulling our hair up to jump into action, to getting down on the ground to hold c-spine. Paying honour, and respect, to our comrade and their family at all times, handing

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Healthy Minds In EMS

By Erica Olson, Katrina Scaife, Dr. John Streukens “On getting help, cultural competence, and common questionsabout mental health support answered by EMS Psychologists.” Lying awake in bed, you seek sleep which comes in unreliable and unpredictable spurts. Disrupted by dreams, thoughts, memories, and an ongoing pervasive tension incompatible with rest.  You know how much sleep hygiene matters and keep a dark, quiet, cool room, reserving the bedroom for only sex and sleep. Despite that knowledge, you’ve noticed you’re using the

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Change The Narrative

By Georgette Eaton This issue of Canadian Paramedicine raises different voices. Voices that have, historically, not dominated paramedicine. Last year’s inaugural issue sought to raise awareness of the inequity of gender within our profession, and bigger rifts for underrepresented groups who identify as non-binary, BME or with a disability. In this issue, these voices call for action. These narratives are important, as are the way in which they are constructed. Doubtless, some of these narratives will deal with values, ideals,

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Individually Strong, Collectively Influential

By Angela Sereda Paramedicine in Saskatchewan is in an exciting period where growth and leadership for female practioners is on the rise, and while women remain individually strong we are also collectively influential towards one another and within paramedicine today. Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally; success comes from what you do consistently. Women today in paramedicine have continually demonstrated significant leadership within their sectors, and through their actions and voices they have transformed how paramedicine is regarded

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Women Of Paramedicine Leadership Summit

By Melissa Ade On November 6, 2019, the inaugural Women of Paramedicine Leadership Summit was held in Edmonton, Alberta, created and coordinated by the Paramedic Pay It Forward Award and Women of Paramedic Leadership. Seventy-six participants attended this full-day summit which included inspiring speakers, small group workshop discussions, opportunities for networking, and showcased a handful of our paramedic colleague’s diverse journey’s to leadership within paramedicine. The event was made possible by funding from the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and the

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EMS WIL WRG… Say What?

By Jenny Van Nistelrooy and Kathleen Fraser In late 2019, Alberta Health Services (AHS) established an EMS Women in Leadership (WIL) Workforce Resource Group (WRG). This article will describe the purposes and objectives of a WRG and outline some of the issues that we plan to tackle in our local context. In case you are wondering how to create a WRG, we will outline the steps we’ve taken to launch this initiative, as well as future plans to build sustainability.

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A Pocket Full Of Change

By Janine Engelhardt One thing I have learned over the years is that life seems to change almost every day. This has certainly been evident to most of us in 2020! Some of us hear the word “change” and run the other direction; some of us may say “tell me more” and others may say “it’s about time!” Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, has been quoted as saying that “everything is constantly changing.” (1) When reflecting on a work environment, change

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PCPs Evolving Career Path In Research

By Jennifer Sturgeon, Laura Hirello, Polly Ford-Jones, Madison Brydges and Cheryl Cameron In many paramedic services and across the profession, there are limited opportunities for career advancement or role diversification without an advanced care paramedic designation. However, as the profession grows, more primary care paramedics (PCPs) are defining new career pathways. In this article, we hear from four women in paramedicine who have found the world of research. Although their career path and current roles are different, they have one

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Women in Paramedicine 2020 – Image Collage

Christina Backlin Paige Mason FearlessFaces_BenderJodi TeresaCoulter Janine Engelhardt A.M Panel LeeAnn Osler Jennifer Larre Palms on Glass-full image Rose, Star of Life FearlessFaces_PascuzzoKathy Laura Hirello – Pride Cheryl Cameron Melissa Ade P.M Panel Jill Allan FearlessFaces_MunroJade KathleenFraser Polly Ford Jones Jennifer Sturgeon Olivia by Teresa Coulter Jan Hiebert Cindy_S Dara Bowie Krista Remeshylo John Streukens ExploreYourVoice FearlessFaces_AntonKristina Lindsey Boechler Erica Olson Selena Letain Joleyne Mayers Jaekel Angela Sereda Dr. Verna Yiu JennyVanNistelrooy Madison Brydges Jacqueline Messer-Lepage Katrina Scaife Paige Mason

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