There are challenges at every step to becoming an EMT. Some are easily overcome, such as learning to take a pulse or blood pressure reading, move a patient to or from a stretcher, or take off a pair of gloves without getting glitter all over yourself (yes, that is from an actual practical skill session...).
Tougher challenges include the mental ones, becoming comfortable with assessments and how to build rapport with patients, especially the ones who might not be able to fully communicate what ails them, yet is reliant upon you as an EMT to keep them safe, and get them to more skilled medical hands.
And then there is the final exam of the EMT course.
And terrified that it's going to be twice as challenging. So send your good wishes my way... I'll take all I can get. ..
Jon Alperin, one of our MFAS volunteers, shares his journey to becoming an NJ certified EMT.
from the Start
Here is Jon's journey, presented in time order: