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Posts Outside the Service Area: 2012 Resolutions

Are you ready for 2012? In this month’s edition of posts outside the service area I share some of my favorite posts from the month and resolutions associated with the post. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

EMS Blog Resolution: Jim Hoffman, the EMS Professional, loves EMS bloggers. He shares some of his favorite EMS blogs and also lets you in on a 12 lead ECG secret. Jim regularly shares tips, resources, links, and products that help him as a paramedic and I am sure you will find helpful as well.

2012 Resolution: Share your favorite tips, resources, products, study aids, and more with other EMS students and professionals. You can share on your blog (or as a guest blogger), share with your social networks, share with your colleagues in a simple poster in the break room, or share in a conference presentation.

Celebrate and Encourage Resolution:¬†One of the risks of being a content creator is feedback from readers/viewers. In the age of the internet I am perplexed why readers/viewers would bother reading all the way to the end of an article to write a comment that they didn’t like the article. Over at Looking through the Handle of a Pair of Pink Trauma shears the blogger/paramedic shares a quick story about a bad review comment she received on an EMS World Article.

2012 Resolution: Celebrate and encourage your colleagues that take the risk to share their knowledge, experience, skills, and time in print or video.

Social Media Resolution: I am fond of saying social media is a tool for good and not necessarily a nefarious tool for evil. Dave Konig, the Social Medic, shares how EMS professionals are using social media as a tool for good to help other social media professionals in need. Serving our communities and our colleagues speaks to the greatest potential for social media, to give back.

2012 Resolution: Use social media for a tool for good. Share with your community the events and causes that you support.

EMS Education Resolution: Dan Limmer shares an idea to take new students to an assisted level facility to do a series of vital sign checks and patient histories. Repetition is clearly important to skill proficiency and getting lots of reps in a short time is even better.

2012 Resolution: Create opportunities for your EMT and Paramedic students to assess lots and lots of patients that are as close to “real” patients as possible.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for EMS1.com, JEMS.com, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, EMSWorld.com and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.