I'm working to make observation/cross-training a part of ED and EMS staff's JPED (What their yearly performance increase is based on). The hospital system I work for owns the local paid EMS and as the EMS coordinator I have the ability to work with the director to schedule Nursing staff several ride-along shifts and the EMS staff several ED clinical shifts per year. Some of the Nursing staff that were previously jaded toward EMS have had an eye-opening experience. It's easy to armchair the crews, but when they get to participate in getting that 300 pounder down 4 flights of stairs, or working an arrest at the Mall with spectators they can't pull curtains on, it gains respect for the people that not only save lives, but bring the patient to them and place them in bed. On the EMS side, they get to see the ED flooded, the lobby full with 30 sick people waiting to get back, codes and traumas still coming in because you can't divert them, they begin to understand why a person who hasn't eaten or even pee'd in 10 hours can be a bit bristly.
It happens everywhere. The real bonding comes at meal times when the EMT's and Nurses turn their hatred toward the nursing home people! I've seen friendships blossom from these experiences between people that were previously practically enemies because they just didn't understand that the job is essentially the same, just different surroundings.
That said, it is hard not to boot a person like that square in the mop bucket.
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