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Direct download: How_To_Become_a_Flight_Nurse.m4a
Category:Career -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT
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Direct download: How_To_Become_A_Flight_Paramedic.m4a
Category:Career -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT
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Direct download: The_11_Night_Visual_Illusions.m4a
Category:Career -- posted at: 10:47am EDT
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Direct download: EMSFSN_final_2_101816.m4a
Category:Career -- posted at: 10:58am EDT
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I get excited

when I talk with young people.

They give me hope for the future.

Their futures…

and the future of air medical.

Listening to young people talk about EMS and air medical is refreshing. Their excitement is contagious. It always leads to what I call “The big question.”

What is the big question?

Put simply, the big question is “what’s the best job?”

Young people don’t waste time with political correctness or tact or in some cases, manners. They don’t care about hurt feelings or making sure the whole team is recognized.

They only want to know what’s in it for them. Specifically…

They want to know the best job on a trauma helicopter. Period.

Direct download: EMSFSN_final_040716.mp3
Category:Career -- posted at: 10:58am EDT
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Sometimes really smart people

do really dumb stuff.

If you work EMS or air medical,

this isn’t news.

In fact, it’s common.

It’s one reason you’re so busy, right?

Direct download: EMSFSN_final_032316.mp3
Category:Career -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT
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Direct download: EMSFSN_final_031616.mp3
Category:Career -- posted at: 11:37am EDT
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Over the past five years,

I’ve held coaching sessions with hundreds of nurses, paramedics and pilots

who want to fly air medical.

In all but a handful of these coaching sessions… 

People bring up their bosses  — and vent about them.

This topic comes up without fail, no matter who I’m coaching, or what the career goal.

Direct download: EMSFSN_final_030916.mp3
Category:Career -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT
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Never heard of it, right?

You might even think I’m pulling your leg.

Honestly, I wish I was. I wish this entire post was just a tasteless joke written for my own amusement.

 But it’s not.

The truth is Small Landing Zone Syndrome is real, although I’m just now coining the term. I’ve watched it spread for years, slowly but surely infecting thousands of EMS Flight Safety Network air and ground crews.

Not just clueless beginners, either. Smart firefighters, smart flight crews, smart EMTs & paramedics across the globe, all working hard to create safe medical helicopter landing zones, all doing everything they should be.

Except… none of it works for them.

Not because they’ve made a mistake. Not because their choices suck. Not because they’re lazy.

Direct download: EMSFSN_final_030316.mp3
Category:Career -- posted at: 9:42am EDT
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When you first learn to fly

one of the very first things you’re taught (if you’re lucky)

is a simple, but profound checklist.

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.

The checklist is critical for two reasons:

First, it teaches you what to do. And second, it teaches you when (the correct order) to do it.

Over time you learn the real value of the — aviate, navigate, communicate — checklist. Over time you watch the checklist save your own butt. Over time you fall in love with the simplicity and effectiveness of the checklist.

And if these experiences aren’t convincing enough to new pilots, well . . .

Direct download: EMSFSN_final_022416.mp3
Category:Career -- posted at: 10:48am EDT
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