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Traits of a Successful Field Instruction Program: EMSEduCast Episode 46

On EMSEduCast episode 46 Chris Hendricks, RN and paramedic, discussed traits of a highly successful field instruction program for EMTs and Paramedics. Listen to the full episode and find links to a series of articles Chris wrote at EMSEduCast Episode 46.

Some of the keys for a successful field instruction program that Chris discusses in the episode include:

1. Administrative support of the field instruction program.

2. Field instructors need to be strong providers and strong employees.

3. Field instructors need to exemplify positive attributes of the organization’s culture.

4. Protocols need to match actual field practice.

5. Chart review is a valuable education tool.

6. Program needs to have end point criteria for candidates to exit the program.

7. Commitment to a process that may take two or three months and require more than 100 patient contacts.

What do you think are traits of a successful field instruction program?

We also had a great discussion about the issue of pay and other compensation for field instructors during this episode which continued on Twitter (@EMSEduCast).

Remember you can listen live to the EMSEduCast – the podcast by and for EMS educators – every Wednesday night at 2000 CST.

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,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.