A conversation that I had with a coworker this morning (Hi Kim!!) gave me the incentive to write this article. It brought up a question that I have to ask you:
Do you think that reading, listening to, or otherwise consuming online content is important for:
-††††††††† Your career?
-††††††††† Your Service?
-††††††††† Your Patients?
-††††††††† Our Profession?
You could just stop reading here and throw in your own comment in the comments section, or you could read a few sentences into my own, rambling opinion.
Iím not just talking about my own, humble website hereÖ Iím talking about the whole cacophony of online EMS content out there. You can see a lot of the stuff that I consume regularly in my blogroll, and can find a ton of other stuff through a simple Google search. You can follow the #EMS hashtag on Twitter, or you could do a Facebook search. Needless to say, thereís a lot of stuff out there for you to read and participate in.
But why is it important that you do so?
Because it is, thatís why. Trust me. I started my blog because Iím a ten year paramedic with a family to support and I have an obligation as a professional who cares deeply about my care for my patients and my wider community to change the profession for the better. I feel a deep-seated, compelling need to fix EMS and Iím not going to rest until Iíve changed the world. I am working the streets in my community every day taking care of the same patients that you do and I see the same problems you doÖ not only that, I feel them the same way you do. EMS is a big part of my life, and if youíre here reading this, itís probably a big part of yours as well. There are plenty of people out there who you see and talk to all the time that will tell you that things canít, or wonít changeÖ but you wonít find talk like that here.
I think that participating in the wider online community of people who care about EMS is supremely important to the growth of our profession. When we communicate, we organize. When weíre organized, weíre powerful. One of the hallmarks of a profession as described in the literature is ďSelf GovernanceĒ, and we canít self govern if we canít communicate.
So, in a nutshell, Intelligent communication and discourse is essential to our progression forward. Youíll find that here (most of the time) and youíll find a lot more of it out there. I canít change this on my own. I need you. Yes, you personally to help us all by talking with your coworkers, bringing them into the discussion, and participating in the discussion of powerful ideas that are going to bring our profession out of the dark ages and into what weíve been calling EMS 2.0.
What are your thoughts?
Oh, and if youíre going to†be at EMS Today in Baltimore this weekend, stop by and say ďHowdy!Ē. Iíll be at the big EMS Blogger Meetup Friday night. Iíd love to meet you. Need directions?? Tweet me @ckemtp.