This week on the MedicCast TV Weekly Commentary I wanted to pick up a point I started two weeks ago on the MedicCast TV Weekly Commentary when I pointed to the two duties of a healthcare professional. Which we all are, right? The first was to maintain your knowledge and skills by approaching educational opportunities with open minds. The second is to be professional enough to know when to ask for help when you need it.
Too Studly For Our Own EMS Good
Now, look, I get it! We, all of us, have a bit of that lone world or cowboy in us. I think it is what helps us be able to work on our own through the tough calls. But, at the same time, we have to remember that wolves work best together in packs and cowboys regularly team up to round up the herd and contain a stampede.
There are going to be those times when you scratch your head and go “Huh?” right?. That’s when you need to call your partner over or another paramedic over, or even pick up the phone and call a mentor or your supervisor and reach out to bounce your thoughts off their input. Heck, you could even pick up the med radio and ask the doc for their thoughts.
Real Professionals Consult With Each Other
Here’s a little secret I’ll bring you from inside the hospital. Nurses and doctors consult with each other all the time. Docs talk to docs and nurses talk to nurses and yep, sometimes they talk and listen to each other, too. We need to do the same thing, gang! No one expects you to know what to do every time you get a tough patient. Not even the patients and their family. What they expect from you is honesty, integrity and professionalism. They expect you to do your best and, when you don’t know what to do, tell them you’re going to consult and get a second opinion.
There is nothing wrong with saying “Hey, we’re going to start helping you with your problem but I also want to call the doc, or my partner and make sure we’re doing everything we should be doing for you. This doesn’t make you stupid or incompetent. The thing it makes you is a professional!
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