Why is it that we as a profession can’t get over being called “Ambulance Drivers?”
Without fail, whenever someone (usually in the media, or a member of the uninitiated) refers to one of us as “Ambulance Driver” or “Attendant,” we have a cow.
Granted, we all did spend a good amount of time going to school, studying, preparing for our respective tests, and we have earned whatever title we use.
But, do you actually drive an ambulance as part of your normal work duties? Oh, you do?
Then get over it.
As a profession, the best way for us to present ourselves as professionals is to look good, with clean, iron uniforms, and provide quality care in a timely and efficient manner. Not bitching about what we are called by the general public.
“That ambulance driver gave nitro to an MI without performing a 12-lead”
“I’m not an ambulance driver! I’m a paramedic.”
“Okay, then. That paramedic gave nitro to an MI without performing a 12-lead.”