On this episode of the MedicCast TV Weekly Commentary I thought I would chat with you about the proper approach to your regular con-ed or refresher training. I recently went through my bi-annual revert for National Registry. This cycle for me is the update from EMTP to Paramedic so there was some new material, but the bulk of it was material I “already knew.”

Every Class Is Worthwhile

Senior Woman in AmbulanceI air quote that because, I don’t know about you, but I’m surprised every time I recertify by the stuff I forgot I knew, if you catch my meaning. I’ve been through this recertification cycle more times than I can remember so I’ve had them all:

  • ACLS
  • PALS
  • PEPP
  • GEMS
  • PHTLS
  • all the so-called alphabet soup classes

Even in those repeat classes I come away with something concrete that improves my patient care in some way. So, when I hear guys complain about  their recert or have people in class with me who don’t take it seriously, I get kind of annoyed. We are medical professionals folks and the professional part of that means we have two things we need to do.

  1. Number one, maintain our knowledge and skills
  2. Number two, ask for help when we don’t know what to do with a patient

I’ll deal with the second point in a future episode but for this one I want you to think about how you approach your training and education programs. Do you walk in the door with a positive attitude? I know you’re tired and you’ve heard all this before but sometimes you have to fool yourself to get excited about the class.

Challenge Yourself to Learn

Here is my tip for you this week. If you find yourself not looking forward to your class, give yourself a challenge. Be honest and say to yourself you are going to find ten things you either didn’t know or forgot you knew during that class.

It’ll serve two purposes. It’ll help you stay awake and alert, and it will give you those little gems that you can re-learn, re-remember to take back with you in to the field and make your patient care better. So adopt the right attitude in your classes and training sessions and put the work in to be a healthcare professional and improve your patient care and patient outcomes.

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