First Day on the Job

There I stood in front of a long rectangular mirror staring at my extremely apprehensive, but determined reflection. I have woken and dressed in this same uniform hundreds of times before but this day is very different. As an EMT I held many important responsibilities, but this new set of roles that I was about to encounter would trump that.  Backboarding patients and performing assessments had become easy for me as an EMT. Now, as a paramedic, I would have to start IV’s, give medications and other advanced procedures. Before I was concerned with following what my paramedic partner instructed me to do, now I must pave my own road and it is my job to make those same life and death decisions. I was confident that I could fulfill the new responsibilities that becoming a paramedic would put forth on me, but some apprehension still lingered.  As I stepped in my car to begin the 15 minute drive to work, the sound of Eric Church on the radio momentarily made me forget about the impending responsibilities that were headed my way. As I pulled into the parking lot, the realization of the weight I was about to hold once again hit me. Nevertheless, I stepped out of my car and approached my workplace with the confidence that a year and a half worth of training had given me. At that point I realized that I was more than ready to tackle anything that came my way.

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