I’ll betcha that a lot of you reading this are in the same boat that I am… Here’s the reminder!
Yesterday I had the occasion to pull out all of my various certification cards and licenses, photocopy them, and turn them in to one of my departments for verification that I still had them. Much to my chagrin I noticed that it is indeed that time again… the time for me to start gathering up all of my hard-won continuing education hours and credits, compiling them into packets, and begin sending them off to the various places that I hold licensure through.
So let’s see… that’s Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and the National Registry of EMTs. Actually, the Illinois license is on a 4 year schedule, so this is an off period for them. Thank goodness for small favors. Unfortunately though, I also noticed that my ACLS card expires this month and I hadn’t noticed it till now. Now I have to frantically find a class to sit through and get me some learnin’ at. Here’s hoping it’s not like the last time I took the class… It was horrible. Since I had let my card expire by, ahem, a “short amount of time” (3 months) I had to take the full class. Worse yet, the only class I could find happened to be when one of the big hospitals near me was pushing through a bunch of OB/Peds nurses through the class so that they could accept regular med/surg patients on their units. The nurses, suffice to say, were less than thrilled to be there and answered most of the questions with “I don’t know, what does the Doctor order me to do?” The instructor, who was also a nurse, actually accepted that answer for most of the questions. Really. I listened to them give waaay off the wall answers that were accepted as correct by the instructor.
I don’t think any one of them has ever been in charge of a code resuscitation… at least not a successful one. But I digress.
The State of Wisconsin EMS bureau has been changing the rules for renewing your licensure quite a lot this year. Frankly, I don’t quite understand what I have to do as of yet but I’m working on finding it out. As far as I know right now I have to take a “refresher” program. I *think* that by completing a National Registry refresher program I will be fine. Feel free, however, if you’re in the know for Wisconsin EMS renewals, to set me straight on this in the comments section. It’s kinda important for my livelihood.
My Iowa EMS license is much easier. All I do is send them in the exact photocopied packet I send in to the NREMT, fill out a short little form, and a few weeks later I get a shiny new license in the mail. Thank you State of Iowa EMS! Keep Being Awesome!
For the National Registry, I’ve heard faint rumblings about this whole “Computer test based” renewal program. It sounds cool, from what I’ve heard… but I’d have to do the exact same CE for my Wisconsin and Iowa licenses and I wouldn’t get the CE bump I need for the 4 year Illinois license. So much for that, then.
Lucky for me, there’s an awesome NREMT recert class they put on in Davenport, IA. I’m heading out that way to get me some high-quality learning and have me a little bit of fun as well. Thanks EICC and MEDIC EMS!
This post doesn’t have much of a message to it other than for me to gripe about having to yet again put all of this stuff through. I am all for education, and I research EMS stuff nearly every day, but unfortunately I haven’t thought of a way yet to translate stuff I learn from my colleagues on the EMS blogosphere and the other sites on the interwebz into hard Continuing Education credits. Maybe I’ll spearhead that issue too once I get time. Maybe…