Tips for Success as a New EMT

Success as a Texas EMT requires more than completing a Texas EMT course, completing the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam, and passing a background check. It requires hard work and dedication to consistently improve your skills.

Essentials

You were taught what you needed to know to become an EMT in your coursework or degree program, but this is not all you need to know. Your field experience or on-the-job training will teach you new skills and help you master the skills you need to do your job every day. Learn about the processes and set up of the institution you work for to improve your efficiency and effectiveness on the job.

Map Skills

Although GPS is available in most locations today, there are times when this tool may not be available. Therefore, you will have to know how to read the map of the area you are working in. In addition, consider taking some time to drive around your community and its surrounding areas to familiarize yourself with landmarks and street names. This will help you get where you are going quicker and easier when it matters most.

Be Open

Whether you are brand new or experienced, you may encounter others who have different skills than you do. Be open to learning what they have to teach you. Also, be open to constructive criticism, and ask your team members for suggestions on doing better. These individuals may have more experience than you or they may have been trained in a different location and may be trying to share the time-saving or life-saving tips they have learned.

You may also seek opportunities for additional training or coursework. Joining committees or programs may also help you learn new skills. Be willing to learn from others’ perspectives as well as your own.

Your uniform is your badge of honor. You do a job most people could never do. If you consistently seek improvement, you will succeed.

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