Why I Choose Paramedic Science As A Career Path
From a young age, I have been exceptionally interested in the science of saving lives. Paramedic Science is undeniably fascinating in every aspect; interacting with people from a diverse range of cultures, with a variety of different life experiences. I also recognise that this is a highly challenging occupation that will push me mentally and physically, however I believe it will be extremely rewarding as I help improve the health of those who are suffering. I believe this course is suitable for me as this powerful role changes lives and the opportunity to make a positive impact to society excites me.
I understand that this is an extremely demanding occupation, however I believe I have the skills and qualities required to succeed. My mentality towards the job is absolutely pivotal, as I will use my caring nature to understand the needs of the patient and reassure them by putting them at ease and making them as comfortable as possible. Along with this, I will be outgoing, warm and friendly and this will further promote a good relationship between myself and my patients. I have a highly motivated and determined approach to my work, and can guarantee that I will put my all into every task assigned. In addition, I recognise that on several occasions, I will need to demonstrate solid leadership skills and will be responsible for the lives of many. I understand this is a daunting task, but one I feel well-equipped for as I have excellent communication and team work skills which will be used effectively.
From the age of 11, I have coped well with immense pressure in a highly stressful and unpredictable setting, as I was brought up with a parent with Epilepsy; he experiences tonic clonic seizures and more recently, status epilepticcus every time this occurs. Each of these episodes have taught me to remain calm, composed and collected throughout the vital hours, or even minutes, to ensure his safety. Furthermore, I have a great insight of the life-changing effects of alcohol and drug addiction and associated mental health disorders through my husband’s immediate family. Throughout both of these difficult times, I have developed the skills of problem solving and decision making, as well as critical thinking. I can confidently say I have the ability to react well to emergencies and make swift, quick decisions while remaining calm, which I understand is absolutely essential for a paramedic.
As a 27 year old mother of one, my current jobs as a Personal Trainer, a Medical Receptionist and a Barmaid have prepared me for the role of a paramedic as I have learned that key communication skills are vital. I can communicate with people effectively when feeling at their worst with patience, sympathy and encouragement; I believe this gives a strong foundation for this course. In addition, my job as a Personal Fitness Trainer allows me to build relationships with my clients and help improve their physical heath, however this also ensures I have a great level of fitness which is essential for the peak demands of a paramedic such as lifting a body. As a Medical Receptionist, I have experience typing dictated letter’s and workflow management of hospital letter’s in the GP surgery. I have gained knowledge surrounding medical terminology, abbreviations and I understand this in its context. Moreover, in both my college course from 2009 to 2011 and a 6 week intensive personal training course in September 2011, I achieved a level 7 qualification in Anatomy and Physiology which included all of the energy systems and musculoskeletal, and Level 6 in Problem solving, critical thinking, planning and organising, reviewing and evaluating. As a means to gaining a more suitable mathematics result, I am currently a part time student at West College Glasgow studying National 5 Application of Maths.
I enjoy a challenge and believe that all of my life experiences have prepared to commence on this new and exciting journey. I always strive to be better, continue to learn and educate myself, and I am greatly excited for the challenge ahead. I offer exceptional levels of commitment, motivation and I look forward to this demanding degree choice. I am confident that I have the ability to make a real difference through a role on the NHS frontline.
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Introduction Following on from my first assignment I will be looking into the legal, ethical and professional frameworks which correspond within the ambulance service setting. Alongside regulations, law and ethics which adjoin controlled drugs and how using stronger analgesia can be of benefit and comfort to our patients. Looking into legalities using the controlled drug Morphine within the ambulance service, ethics expected from myself as a health care professional and the frameworks I am expected to work from. I shall...
Introduction In the UK, there are over 30,000 people suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests per year. According to G D Perkins and S J Brace-McDonell (2015), their research for OHCAH survival to hospital discharge in the UK showed on average to be 2-12%, which in the best case scenario of 12% survival rate, we can see that approximately only 3.500 patients survive and get discharged from hospital. However, patients often suffer from Neurological damage which occurs due to the lack...
Introduction The point of this case study is to research and explore ischemic cerebral vascular accidents and their treatment in the pre-hospital environment. It will include the epidemiology and incidence of strokes, the clinical presentation as well as the aetiology and pathophysiology. This case study will then determine how to appropriately manage these patients in the pre-hospital setting. Stroke is a medical emergency and some of the main signs and symptoms include headache, weakness or paralysis, and slurred speech1,2 Cerebral...
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