I Can’t Change The Direction Of The Wind, But I Can Adjust My Sails

By: Mike Billingham It looks like the winds of change are reaching paramedicine in Canada with the paramedic degree initiative on the horizon. In case you haven’t heard, the Paramedic Association of Canada has a vision to move toward a degree paramedic program by 2025. As you might imagine, any change in the workplace usually triggers big questions. Like “What does this mean for me?” The short answer is “probably not much in the short term”. But we are definitely at … Read More

New Concepts In Human Resilience

It was a dark and rainy night. The police cruiser glided into the alley like a shark onto a reef, searching for its unsuspecting prey. The ‘prey’ was concealed about half way down the alley behind a large dumpster. Engine off, windows rolled up so that their breath wouldn’t be seen on this cold winter night. All of a sudden; a flash of light, blinding in its intensity, illuminated the prey freezing them for a moment in time. Heart rates … Read More

Rural and Remote Paramedicine – Our Dirty Little Secret

Most of us just want to go through life without causing ourselves any extra work, worry or grief. So why on earth would smart people volunteer to work in Emergency Services in their own home town? Recent findings suggest rural ambulance paramedics are at particular risk for increased levels of fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression. The Issues Despite a large chunk of my career doing nothing but high risk neonatal, pediatric and maternity calls, a call from my ‘rural and … Read More

Women in Paramedicine A Force to be Reckoned With

Are girls really superior? That’s a tough one, and I’m sure the answer will upset someone. But here we go. To see which gender brings more to the table, let’s have a look at some of the following: The historical discrimination of women in the workplace The scientific evidence The real world requirements of prehospital care You may find it enlightening….. History Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to the US Congress. Like many women in the workforce, … Read More