EMS Week 2010 is coming up!††
Really? Youíre not all excited? Come now, this is the one week per year that weíre supposed to be out there tooting our own horns, eating free stale cookies, drinking free burnt coffee, and stuff like that. Weíve got to be out there reaping the benefits of all of our good will that weíve built up from the public and our peers based upon the fact that they treat us so poorly the other 51 weeks out of the year.
No really, Iím trying to get you excited about this. And even though youíre not sitting here in front of me, I can sense your lack of enthusiasm. Well, hereís the deal. I find your lack of faith disturbing. EMS week has to mean something and just like everything I and others like me have been talking about for so long, nobody is going to make it mean something if we donít.
And that goes along with the title of this post. All Respect is Earned. Self Respect is earned, professional respect is earned, and if we want respect, we have to put in the hard work necessary to earn it.
And thatís why EMS week matters. Donít wait for someone to come up and respect you just because you do a job or have a volunteer position. Lots of people have hard jobs and lots of people volunteer for things. I have done both all of my life. Just because our profession sometimes ďsaves livesĒ doesnít autmatically entitle us to respect, because as Iíve said, we must truly go out and earn it.
Yes, Iíll reiterate that. If weíre not happy with the respect that weíre getting from the people whom we wish to respect us, perhaps itís because we havenít gone out as a collective profession and put in the hard work necessary to earn it. Sure, we bust our butts out there in the blood, mud, and bedpans but if weíre not getting the results we want, then obviously weíre not doing what it takes to get those results. It seems like a simple connection, but the common phrase bears repeating here: ďIf you always do what youíve always done; Youíll always get what youíve always gotĒ.
So this yearís EMS week is different for me. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) plans the week for us, and this year their slogan is ďEMS: Anytime. Anywhere. Weíll be there.Ē Itís a fitting slogan because theyíre right. EMS will always be there anytime and anywhereÖ for everyone else in the world. This week Iím putting forth that we use our own internal slogan, which again is the title of this post. I say that we each keep the phrase ďAll Respect is EarnedĒ in our heads as we go forth and promote ourselves and our profession for this EMS week. Iím asking each individual EMS person out there to take a few steps to earn that respect. Your individual contribution, no matter how small, will end up affecting each and every one of us in a positive way. If everyone pitches in, thereís no telling what the results will be. If youíve never done anything positive and you donít participate, youíre doing what youíve always done. Please take some time this week to ensure that we start to get away from getting what weíve always got.
I have some personal plans that Iím going to take to get into the spirit of EMS week and Iím asking you all to help me out. It wonít take all of that much effort on your part, but it will end up as a huge benefit to us all, I hope. Hereís what you can do:
Letters to the Editor:
-††††††††† Use My Words – I can write here on this blog all I want to and while I get ten or so thousand people per month here, in a lot of ways Iím preaching to the choir. Tomorrow (or the next day if I get busy) Iím going to have two or three letters up here on the blog that you may copy and paste, print out, and send as a letter to the editor of your local paper using my name. As long as you donít change the content in any way and send it in my name for journalistic integrity reasons, then youíre free to distribute the letters as you see fit to get the widest audience as you can.
-††††††††† Use Your Own Words – If you write a letter to the editor and want me to edit it, you may e-mail me at ProEMS1@yahoo.com and I will edit it for free and send it back to you so that you may use it with my edits and ideas. Iíll also work every letter I receive into a post here and include your words up here on the page
Bring Your Idea to the Table:
-††††††††† The Chronicles of EMS Ė A Seat at the Table allowed me to bring my own ideas to the table and this blog page does that for me as well. I want to know your ideas. If you leave your ideas to improve EMS in your community a comment at the new page at the top of this post just under the header entitled ďIdeas from the FieldĒ theyíll be posted up there for everyone to use and appreciate. Whatever it is. Whatever you want to do to BE POSITIVE and IMPROVE EMS, post it up there. Short, long, big or small. Every idea is golden.
Attend one of the Chronicles of EMS/EMS Week Simulcasts
-††††††††† Go to this website right here and see where your closest EMS week/Chronicles of EMS meetup is going to be held at. This is a simulcast event from major cities across the US. I will be travelling all the way to Chicago on May 16th to participate in mine. Be there or um, be in Torsades with no Mag available.
The Meetups are going to be held simultaneously in Three cities on Sunday May 16th in honor of EMS week. Theyíre cosponsored by the Chronicles of EMS and theyíre going to be web linked. Iíll be at Fado Irish Pub in Chicago on that day partying my Irish Medic butt off. You should be too.