Passing the NREMT starts with taking responsibility for your own learning. Choose success.

To achieve success, do the work throughout the course:

  1. Go to class and sit in the front row
  2. As your teacher questions, but never ask “Do we need to know this for the test?”
  3. Read the textbook before class
  4. Take notes
  5. Review what you have learned
  6. Focus on key concepts, general principles and putting it all together
  7. Practice hands-on skills and simulation as often as possible

Improve your study and test taking skills:

  1. Try practice tests and smartphone study apps – if they seem helpful, keep using them
  2. Visit your school’s academic support center and take advantage of seminars to help you become a better student
  3. Buy a new or used study guide or book – if it seems helpful, keep using it
  4. Get better at taking multiple choice exams with 10 tips to prepare for a multiple choice EMS exam and 12 tips for a high score on a multiple choice test

Understand the NREMT exam,  what it takes to succeed and how to succeed.

  1. Lots of smart people want to help you succeed. Take advantage of their articles, books, apps and presentations. Here are some articles from Dan Limmer, Art Hsieh and Bob Sullivan.

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Stabbed on duty: A medic’s lessons learned on the long road back was recognized with a 2017 Jesse H. Neal award for best profile article.

The Neal award is a terrific individual honor. More importantly the recognition increases awareness of the dangers EMTs and paramedics face on the job.

Founded in 1955, the Jesse H. Neal Awards were established to recognize and reward the best editorial content in business media. Entries are scored in three areas: journalistic enterprise, extent of service to the field and editorial craftsmanship.

Read more about the Neal Award.

View all 2017 Jesse H. Neal Award winners.

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Podcast: Words off the Street

April 15, 2017

Words off the Street podcast is a “discussion with public safety writers.” I was honored to be the guest on episode 12 and speak with host BJ Schneider about writing, the work I do as EMS1 Editor-in-Chief, and more. BJ has also recently interviewed these EMS authors: Michael Morse Jamie Davis Sean Fitzmorris There are a […]

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ICYMI: Fake EMS News

April 3, 2017

Each year at EMS1 we try our hand at fake news on April Fool’s. This year’s offerings (which I may or may not have helped write). Department’s first therapy cat just makes things worse   25-pocket tactical pants drive up demand for useless sh&t to carry EMSEats ambulance meal delivery service flops after rash of disappearing […]

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State Champs

March 19, 2017

A week ago today my son and his hockey teammates won the Wisconsin Peewee B Hockey championship. It was a great group of kids and we had a lot of fun this season. It was an honor to help coach this group and this puck is prominently displayed in my office. Go Icehawks! Tweet

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Trying to Make Sense of FDNY EMT LODD

March 18, 2017

FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo, 44, a 14-year veteran of the department and mother of five, was killed Thursday night in the line of duty. Her killer has been arrested and charged with murder. On Friday, like EMS providers everywhere, I tried to make sense of this terrible tragedy in an EMS1 article (Learning from the […]

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Can state lawmakers make EMS safer?

March 13, 2017

EMS is receiving a flurry of attention from state-level lawmakers. In a recent EMS1 article I cataloged some of the recently proposed legislation and the chance it will actually make EMS providers safer from violence, traumatic stress and vehicle collisions. What legislation will actually make EMS providers safer? Tweet

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EMS Today 2017 Session Reports

February 28, 2017

EMS Today 2017 in Salt Lake CIty was a whirlwind of education sessions, exhibit hall traverses and visiting with friends. It was also an Italian food festival for me … I turned in receipts for Sbarro, Bucca De Boppa and Olive Garden. I attended conference sessions based on this loose criteria: Meeting an editorial opportunity […]

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Foreword for City Life

February 21, 2017

Michael Morse has long been one of my favorite EMS authors. It was a true honor when he asked me to write the foreword to his book “City Life.” Reprinted here with Morse’s permission: — What kind of paramedic do I want to be? How do I want to treat patients? How do I want my […]

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Fire Truck Zamboni

February 20, 2017

The Appleton ice arena Zamboni is skinned to look like a fire truck (or engine) and sponsored by Pierce Manufacturing. These are photos I took after my son’s team won two games against Appleton. My web search for an “Ambulance Zamboni” or a “Zamboni Ambulance” only returned this result. A Zamboni with a Patriot Ambulance […]

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