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POSITION SUMMARY

A paramedic responds to 911 calls to administer care to sick or injured patients in emergency situations. They are trained to apply first-aid treatment and perform basic life support techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Paramedics are often the first contact point between the inured or sick and healthcare. As such, they are responsible for making initial assessments and transporting patients to the hospital. 

Paramedics are entrusted with the important job of providing lifesaving care in the event of an emergency. As such, they must possess the discipline, disposition, and quick wit needed to provide effective care as quickly as possible.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Paramedic responsibilities may include:

  • Respond to emergency calls.
  • Drive or staff emergency vehicles.
  • Diagnose patients.
  • Dress wounds.
  • Administer medication.
  • Use specialized equipment.

 

SKILLS

Paramedics are often the only thing standing between a patient and death. In order to provide lifesaving care as quickly as possible, a skilled Paramedic will:

  • Operate effectively under extremely stressful conditions.
  • Work long hour shifts regularly.
  • Communicate with patients in order to best diagnose them.
  • Make quick, informed decisions.
  • Maintain professionalism at all times when driving or riding in an emergency vehicle.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

In order to gain an entry level position, candidates will need to become a student paramedic with an ambulance service trust or study for an approved paramedic course, which can range from 30 weeks to 5 years. Previous experience in healthcare, such as in assisted living, can help you stand out from other applicants.

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SAMPLE PARAMEDIC INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • What would you do if a supervisor gives you a direct order against company policy?

  • An emergency call interfered with your plan to go to a very important family occasion. What do you do?

  • Are you familiar with medical protocols and HIPPA?

  • What made you choose a career as a paramedic?

  • How would you deal with a family member who is trying to get to a patient who is strictly confined?

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