10 Best Characteristics of a Paramedic

Posted January 25th, 2011 in Info by admin

If you’re thinking about becoming a paramedic, make sure you consider everything there is to consider when diving into this profession. Not only should you think about the training, schooling, licenses, and state requirements, but do you really have what it takes to be a paramedic? Do you have the absolute best characteristics that make a paramedic a paramedic? Is your personality one that fits so well with this career path that you’ll actually be successful as an EMT or paramedic?

Well, that’s what this article is all about. From many hours of research, we find that there are certain characteristics that make one successful in this profession. But what are they? What are those qualities or attributes that will boost you forward in your vocation? We’ve found 10 of the best characteristics of a paramedic that you’ll want to possess. Without further ado, let’s discuss them.



Integrity is the quality of being solid in your convictions about moral issues. Somebody who possesses this attribute, has the ability to say no to bad decisions; to choose the wise way; and to be a foundation of trust and honesty. Which leads us to the next quality.


We all know what honesty is, but the paramedic who actually embodies this trait will be honest, even in the face of their own hurt. Sometimes you will be required to fill out paperwork and you’ll have the opportunity to not tell the whole truth, for insurance purposes. During this time you will need to decide if this characteristic portrays who you are. Otherwise you will compromise your position and your character. This will ultimately lead to many more compromises. And that’s bad.


This job is all about being selfless. If you’re not willing to put others before yourself, then you’ll never be successful. The foundation of this job is all about everybody else. If somebody is in a car accident, you cannot decide to not go and help. But if you’re even considering to become a paramedic, then you’re probably already selfless. Continue to be that way. :)


In the face of much heartache and pain in other people’s lives,  you will face moments when people will be in your face cussing and trying to break your walls down. This is when you need to be humble. You’ll also deal with people on drugs and alcohol. You’ll definitely need to be humble to handle all of this.


This goes for more than simply staying at a job for a long period of time (although all employers want that). You have to have a life of stability in the sense that you’re emotional, physically, and mentally strong. The amount of high stress from this profession will play games with you and if you’re not stable in all areas of your life, you will bring your work home with you. Or worse, bring your home to work with you and affect others’ lives in a negative way. So learn how to best become strong and have a well-rounded life.


You will be working with the best-of-the-best. And honoring your fellow employees will be one of the most essential aspects of being able to survive the stress of the job. When you’re in trouble or hurting, you’re partners will have your back. And being able to show them (and yourself) honor will go a long ways toward making long lasting relationships. But that’s not all you must honor. This profession is one to be honored. The daily activities you are involved in will need your utmost respect and honor to keep you doing what you are doing. This is key.


Speaking of respect. This is another quality that will go a long way toward building relationships and helping those around you. People are stronger when they know they are respected. And the motion is reciprocated. Especially show your superiors your respect and you will get yours as well.


Paramedics are highly trained individuals in medicine, administration of dosages, and advanced life support. The qualifications are high and must be so because of the nature of the job. High intelligence is in much demand in this arena. And I’m not simply talking about your IQ. You must have common sense as well, also known as EQ. You’ll be placed in situations and environments where you’ll need not only your training to kick in, but natural instinct. At times, trust your gut.


When telling somebody that their loved one died on the way to the hospital, you’ll need compassion. If you are cold and unsympathetic to what they are going through, then don’t even think about becoming an EMT or paramedic. If this is not the best characteristic of a paramedic, then I don’t know what is. Sometimes the best paramedics are those who have experienced the same circumstances because they are then able to empathize. And that goes miles in helping people.


When an alcoholic comes in swinging his arms at you and trying to stab you with a pencil, patience will be your best friend. You’ll need him so badly during those times. And that person will undoubtedly get the help he desperately needs. And you will go home a better person for not retaliating or acting out because of another’s actions.


If you possess the 10 best qualities of a paramedic, then you’re on the right track to becoming an EMT or paramedic. If you don’t, there’s always time to work on them and be the best person you can be. Not only are these attributes that are needed in this field, but they help wherever you are. They are standards for all of us to achieve. And do not feel bad about not possessing all of these traits. Most people do not.

But be encouraged. This is a great start to think about. And if you’re so desiring to enter this altruistic profession, go ahead and apply for a training program. Search this site for other great articles to help you along the way. And feel free to leave any comments to make this site much better. Thanks!

7 Interesting Facts About Paramedics

Posted January 1st, 2011 in Info by admin

Here’s a few interesting facts about paramedics and EMTs.  See if you can guess any of the answers before looking.

1.  What does the EMS (emergency medical service) symbol stand for?

The six points in the star represent the six tasks of an emergency rescuer.

  • Detection
  • Reporting
  • Response
  • On Scene Care
  • In Transit Care
  • Transfer to Definitive Care

The snake wrapped around the pole is a whole different story.  And what I mean is that there are two different stories behind the symbol.  The first group of people calling it the “rod of Asclepius”.  The Greek myth behind this is that Asclepius was the demigod of medicine and healing.  He was said to even have brought patients back from the dead.

The second group believes that the serpent on the rod represent the Israelites’ curse from God.  In the book of Numbers chapter 21, the Israelites grumbled against God, so He sent fiery serpents among them to bite and kill the people.  When they cried out to God, He told Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it upon a pole and whomever chose to look up at the serpent on the pole would live.

2.  What is the EMS prayer?

As I perform my duties, whatever may be the call.

Help to guide and keep me safe from dangers big and small.

I want to serve and do my best, no matter what the scene.

I pledge to keep my skills refined, my judgment quick and keen.

This calling to give of myself, most do not understand.

But I stand ready all the time, to help my fellow man.

To have a chance to help a child, restore their laugh with glee.

A word of thanks I may not hear, but knowing is enough for me.

The praise of men is fine for some, but I feel truly blessed;

that I have been with chosen few, to serve in EMS.

3.  Do paramedics have unions?

In 2008 the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that 27% of EMS staff were unionized.

4.  Is a paramedic an EMT?

Yes! But….an EMT is not necessarily a paramedic. You see there are levels of certifications that one has to pass through to become the highest form of EMT, the paramedic. So an EMT is not necessarily a paramedic, but a paramedic is an EMT.

5.  As a paramedic, are you ONLY allowed to work in hospitals and in ambulances?

No.  There are other venues that you are allowed to work in such as: the military, research labs, fire departments, police departments, and private companies to name a few.

6.  What are the top three schools for EMS training?

  • Drury University (Springfield, MO)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Maryland (Baltimore County)

7.  What are two of the specialty certifications for a paramedic?

  • Wilderness Paramedic
  • Flight Paramedic

Hope you did a great job on the fake quiz!  :)