EMS and Police peeps: want to hear your thoughts and opinions!
August 14, 2012 11:32 AM Subscribe
For the EMS/medic/police/etc. group, a question - how do you cope with what you see on a daily basis? Does it wear on you, psychologically? Any other tips for someone looking at going into the EMS field? Tips for one looking into the police field, specifically women officers? [Bunch of long-winded questions inside! =P]
posted by PeppahCat to Human Relations (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I recently went on a ride-along with for my EMS dispatching job with one of our BLS units. The day consisted of visiting two different nursing homes/assisted living facilities (which were drastically different places) and taking the patients to their doctor's appointments and back. Over the course of the day I posed this question to both of the EMT's: how do you deal with or cope with going into these places every single day? Both of the guys were newer to the field but still have done it long enough to know what I meant. They both answered similarly: you learn to not think about that, you think about your 'here and now', the patient you have, and their well-being while in your care.
My question to you MeFi folks is the same...how did you/do you cope with it? I have seriously considered going through my local EMT program (possibly the paramedic program as well) after a very good talk with a long-time friend of mine who is one of the program's instructors. But I'm one of those people who gets teary when walking through a nursing home, so I don't know that I could deal with it on a daily basis.
--vomit. I'm not a fan, I can't even watch the videos where people throw up on Tosh.0 or AFV without gagging. [blood/guts/gore doesn't bother me in the least, oddly...] I'm sure you have the 'save the life and be grossed out later on' instinct that kicks in during most situations, but still...how have you all dealt with what grosses you out/makes you sick/turns your tummy during your time?
--though I'm sure I could ask the multiple friends I've got in EMS, I'd like opinions from strangers on the pros/cons of the EMS life and profession. (Don't be afraid to be blunt and honest!)
--I've been around this law enforcement stuff my whole life but have known very few females who were patrol officers. Most of the departments around here have one, maybe two female patrol officers and I think those few are part time, school officers, or reserve officers. I know it's a very non-feminist question, but how safe is it for females in the field? My fiance doesn't want me doing patrol because he makes a valid point: I'm 5'6" and fairly small, he is 6' and a former Marine...there is no way I could overtake someone his size in a life-threatening situation where I was on my own until backup arrived. However my counter-argument to that is always the same...I would be in possession of a gun, a taser, a baton, and other things. [Not saying that's always guarantee of safety, mind you...I know many who have been hurt or who have fallen in the line of duty in similar situations.] Any opinions on the matter of females in the police field?
--As with the EMS question...would like some honest opinions, pros/cons of the patrol officer/police field in general.
I love my dispatching job, it's a great feeling to know that I have played a part in helping save someone's life when I took their 911 call and dispatched my medic units to them. I just don't know that I would like to dispatch forever, much as I like doing it. I could always ask my co-workers in both the EMS and law enforcement fields about all the above things, but I would like some thoughts from MeFi about it all first.
Many thanks in advance! =D