Posts Tagged ‘Brady Books’

Opportunities, opportunities

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

By: Michael Stanley

Right now, I’m in a job drawdown, from coordinating EMS classes, being an EMR/First Responder, and Intermediate to being a Paramedic.

U.S. Air Force

Stanley worked at an Air Force base in Abilene, TX.

For quite some time I have setup instructors, materials and texts to create military medics from all branches, but unfortunately there are smaller numbers due to budget cuts. Military training will be open to registration through NREMT and NAEMTS upon return to civilian EMS. This is more successful with military contractors and subcontractors and even federal law enforcements.

Specialized federal organizations and secretive groups use former military and new hires rather than regular military medics. I believe if you follow politics right now, there are some congressional reps. that are holding hearings on how we are retaining some excellently trained medics. Due to specialized military training, some medics cannot go out on a civilian ambulance.

When I was first assigned as a new medic in the Air Force to a west Texas base, I was assigned to the emergency room. We ran all on base and off base EMS calls. We even offered mutual aid for the city of Abilene. I selected this base as my first choice, because I had been a member of a volunteer junior rescue squad since age fifteen. This put me in line to go to the best unit in the hospital. We had two groups, and offered State of Texas EMS training starting at EMT, through the ranks to Paramedic. One group finished then the second group went through, at the Air Force’s expense. When not in class, we worked in the base hospital emergency department.

What better set up could we have had? It was awesome.


Unaffiliated Un-uniformity

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

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There are plenty of informative sites, blogs, and other variants of social media out there for the already-employed-EMT, but what about those of us that have gone to school, have a license, but have not been hired yet…for two years?

OK, the two years part may not be the norm, but the rest of it might be, to more folks than you may think. I went to a small community college in North Carolina, enrolled in a six-month course, took the state exam, failed the first time, then retested. This was all shortly before moving to New Hampshire.


But did you know North Carolina does not require NREMT? I didn’t think it was a big deal. I heard of ‘reciprocity’ and thought that it might help. It seems that it does not extend very far. I looked into what was going to be needed for employment in NH, even though I knew I was not to be staying in NH for more than a year, but I desperately wanted to get my career started. I looked up websites, made phone calls, and knocked on office doors. Finally, I had to take a one-day ‘transition class’ for the state of NH. I was actually misinformed about this; the class had no bearing on my NH license.

Everyone tells me to get NREMT. Great, sure, have you read HOW to do this if you are “unaffiliated?” Excessively frustrating, not to mention, living paycheck to paycheck does not allow for it.

Now, I am facing the same thing in my new home state of Maine. There seems to be no ‘reciprocity’ between NC, NH, or ME. It has even been suggested that I may need to take the EMT-B course all over again!

Lack of uniformity

Now more to the point. Where is the uniformity? Hypothetically, if many states use the same detailed textbooks, specifically Brady Books, why is it so difficult for someone without NREMT to transfer to another state? Is what has been learned any different? Is the human body really any different from one state to the next?

I understand differences in protocol, which is why I took the $150 one day ‘transition class’ in NH. Should it really be this difficult (and costly) to transfer credentials from one state to another?

A possible solution

Here is an idea that has worked for me in EVERY other career field I have been in: hire me conditionally, with the stipulation that I get fully-licensed in said state within a specified number of months. This would solve MANY issues.

The issue of not being able to afford the process (as it would be a second income) and also would put me in direct daily contact with people who can steer me in the right direction. I have asked three different people about how to do this. Simply put, I have received three different answers.

So, have I done what is required educationally? Yes. Do I have a valid EMT-B license? Yes. Can I get employment? No.

There must be some sense of uniformity in the education process that could eliminate some of this hassle. How about a simple solution of offering to sit for NREMT along with state exams after completing a class in every state? Why not, if a majority of the schools use the SAME textbooks, right?  

Uniformity, in a career where we wear uniforms, where is it?


Eric Carlson is a dad, husband, (unemployed) EMT, volunteer firefighter, writer, and fire protection systems specialist. Visit his blog:


How All of My Students Passed Board Exams on the First Try

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

For the last several years I have been learning right along with my students. I’ve never been satisfied with just being an average instructor. As Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

I choose not to be an insane instructor of EMT students.

A personal goal of mine has always been to have all my students pass their practical and written board examinations on the first try. Last semester, I was fortunate enough to reach that goal.

I would like to share some of the things I have learned along the way about student success in the classroom:

  • I have found that students learn best and retain more when they teach themselves. My classes are all required to participate in my online discussion board. I use the critical thinking scenarios and follow up questions from our text (Mistovich; Pre-hospital Emergency Care 9th edition). After the student’s initial response, all of their classmates are encouraged to give constructive feedback. I monitor the discussions and occasionally give my own input. These discussions take place online and outside of class. In class, I encourage small group collaboration to stimulate critical thinking skills.


  • Chapter open book quizzes are to be completed prior to attending lecture. This form of self-study helps prepare the student for the information they will receive during lecture. It stimulates discussion and often times the student will come to class with questions about the material. Once again, this puts the student in a situation where they are teaching themselves.


  • Finally, I am a rigorous not ruthless instructor. My students know from the first day that they can expect frankness and honesty from me. To let students languish for weeks on end, stealing precious time in their lives that they could use to move on to something else, when in the end they aren’t going to make it anyway—that would be ruthless. To deal with it right up front and let students get on with their lives—that is rigorous.

Kent Sallee is Logistics Coordinator and EMT-B /I.C/AA at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS.  Sallee found that a combination of rigorous instruction and use of a Brady title helped his students succeed on the first try.