Change Paramedic Educational Standards
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For far too long EMT's and Paramedics have been getting the short end of the stick. An industry that is vital to the community is stricken with low pay, low morale, extremely high burnout rate, high employee turnover, and low educational standards. Most people do not realize that a Paramedic has a higher scope of practice than a RN, but is seen as lower on the medical totem pole because of our lower Educational Standards. The majority of Paramedics get their license on a Professional Certificate from a community college or local academy, where a RN has a minimum standard of an Associates Degree. Many nurses have a Bachelors degree. In most other countries Paramedics have a Bachelors Degree. Well it's high time that Paramedics in this country have the same! As a Medical Professional in the field we should have the same respect, the same level of education as a Nurse in the Hospital. My proposal would have an EMT-B earning a Diploma, an EMT-A earning an Associates Degree, an EMT-P earning a Bachelors Degree, and an addition of a Paramedic Practitioners requiring a Masters Degree. This change would keep our Medics in the industry with higher pay, less burnout, more respect, and better educated people in the field. With better education, comes better patient outcomes. This vital industry is in serious distress and is in dire need of change. Only together can we make this happen!
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