Oh...One more. "Just remember... when responding to an emergency...it is THEIR emergency not yours."
This was what our instructor told us Day 1. Told us a story about a man that called 911 because he hit his toe on the wall. When they got there he told them his pain was a 0. He got freaked out about the blood. Different people have different levels of emergency. Just because you think it's not an emergency doesn't mean they don't. And the other way around too. Just because they think they're fine doesn't mean they are.
I received my second and final sign off for O2 setup, NRB, NPA, BVM ventilations, suction, and OPA last night. Still need my second sign off for Cardiac Arrest Management and AED. We've yet to start sign offs for vital signs and trauma assessments, though I think trauma assessment sign offs are tomorrow night.
We've been given a sheet with all the students' names and we must get two sets of vital signs from each person (two different days) before the end of the semester. Last night doing vitals on everybody really helped with my auscultated blood pressure skill. It's not an easy one, but I'm getting better at it.
Our first true exam opened yesterday and is available for 7 days to take. While we've taken two exams prior to this one they were not true exams (one was over CPR and one was over our understanding of rules and policies regarding clinicals). This exam is over the preparatory module of the book (basic understanding of EMT and EMS, medical, legal, and ethical issues, documentation, communication, lighting and moving, A&P, pathophysiology, airway management, ventilation, oxygenation, vital signs, scene size-up, and patient assessment).
I will be taking that exam in about an hour.
My first clinical rotation will be on the 28th to the Combined Transportation Emergency and Communications Center (dispatch). I'm looking forward to starting all my clinical rotations.