I loathe the lazy student. Seriously, education costs money, be it is your money or money belonging to someone else.
Students should have more respect for themselves and/or others.
Every once in a while, about 10 percent of the time, I will have a student third rider who doesn’t want to do anything. They don’t want to start an IV because they “don’t want to miss” or they are scared to touch people.
That’s what we do. You can’t get good at starting an IV if you never miss, and you can’t be any sort of competent provider if you don’t touch people. A large part of what we do is learned through trial and error.
Anyone else remember MAST trousers, or the blind administration of bicarb, or atropine in asystole?
The students who come to me for tutoring that are lazy bother the crap out of me as well.
Without fail, the lazy ones never studied in school, and usually don’t care. I usually get the same story time after time:
“I failed National Registry, and have to pass the next time, or I don’t have a job.”
Then they balk when I give them reading assignments and tests to take home. Like they can’t find 12 hours over the next 7 days to dedicate to studying.
I know that studying takes time, and lives are busy these days. People have full-time jobs, and kids, and other responsibilities, but if you can’t make school a priority, then you shouldn’t be surprised when you fail.
I have a house, and a full-time job, and a part-time job, and two children, and a wife, and I run a business as well. I make studying and reading a priority because it is important to me to be the best paramedic that I can possibly be.
If you can’t put your education near the top of your priorities, how can you expect to have any notion of a successful career in the back of an ambulance?