Work as a member of the Emergency Medical Services industry is not all bad. Many paramedics can tell you many rewarding experiences they’ve had a chance to encounter while employed in this line of work.
Seeing children excited and curious about the ambulance brings a sense of enjoyment to the day. Kids are innocent and usually have no awareness of stress that comes with working. When they come up to the truck and want to take pictures with you and it, this is a very rewarding experience that usually reminds you that there are people out there who value what you do.
A simple thank you can go a long way. Sometimes, paramedics might view this as a thankless job. Some medics might feel as if their work and what they do is taken for granted. When a patient that is being transported leans over and says thank you for helping me, you seem to remember why you entered this industry in the first place: to help others. While they may come infrequently, when they do come, it’s enough to keep you going.
When you make a diagnosis that turns out to be correct and saves the patient’s life, that can be very rewarding. It’s even more special when someone else, like a doctor or the patient, adds in some additional appreciation.
Children always seem to have a special place in the hearts of paramedics. It’s an awesome feeling being able to revive a child who may be experiencing a traumatic experience. To some children, you’re seen as a hero. Also, if you get the chance to help deliver a baby and bring a new life into the world, expect your world to be forever changed.
When others talk about you, in a positive way, and how wonderful an experience it is to work alongside you, that makes you feel like you’re doing something right. Being able to bring a sense of calm to chaotic situations assures other paramedics that when they do get the chance to partner up with you, there will be no drama. It’s always nice when others recognize your qualities and share that information to others.
While it may seem silly to some, paramedics enjoy going home on time. After pulling a shift that is longer than the average 8-9 hour workday, when the scheduling is smooth and transitioning takes place without a hitch, it makes for a very happy moment knowing that you get to go home when the schedule said you should be heading out. Another more lighthearted rewarding experience is being able to eat a full meal without being interrupted. In this line of work, you learn how to appreciate the little things that others often take for granted.
There’s so much more to learn about in the EMS industry. Here is an additional article the different types of medic jobs.