Hey everyone, before you read the post below, watch this video. This is part of a test:
Now, after you have watched the above video and reacted to it in some way, read the following humorous statement:
“Some helium floats into a bar. The bartender says “We don’t serve noble gasses here!” The helium doesn’t react.”
(Ok, if you’re not a nerd.. The noble gasses (of which helium is one of) are non-reactive. Ha!)
Which one of those two things made you laugh harder, if at all? Did you have a positive or negative reaction to either of them? Both?
The reason I ask this, is because I told my partner that joke about the helium today. His reaction: “Wow… All that knowledge and you still can’t tile your bathroom floor.” He came to EMS after being a contractor and working in the trades. You know, doing stuff that you have to do with your hands. I did too, honestly, since I pretty much grew up on a farm with a father who owned a hardware store. So you’d think I’d be handier than I actually am. I can fix things, sure… but I certainly couldn’t build a house. That’s just not how my brain works.
Years ago, while working in an emergency room I overheard two physicians having a discussion about another ER physician who was very popular with his coworkers and patients. This doctor was friendly, jovial, kind, and nice. I liked him quite a bit and was a little weary of the other two docs talking about him. They talked about how nice this other doctor was to all of his patients and how they wished they could have him follow them around to all of their own patients and be the “nice” doctor who made their patients feel better while they attended simply to the cold, hard realities of their patient’s medical needs. Their solution was that a happy medium could not be reached, and that a healthcare provider was either “too nice and incompetent” or “competent, but a jerk”.
And today, after my coworker brought up the severe need for a new tile floor in my bathroom, I thought back to that conversation. He and I are both paramedics. While I’m more experienced and have been a paramedic for more than a decade longer than he, He and I both take care of the same types of patients with the same types of complaints and make similar results. We follow the same standing medical orders and work under the same medical director in the same ambulances. However, since his brain works so very differently than does mine, how can we possibly achieve the same results?
People choose their physicians based upon their personalities as much as they do anything. They want to develop trust in their doctor, and the interpersonal relationship between doctor and patient on outcomes has been widely speculated upon and researched. I wonder if the same phenomenon exists within EMS. Does the way our personalities, experiences, strengths, weaknesses, and other traits affect our patient outcomes? If my brain is wired so very differently from my partners, how does that affect his patients’ care over my own?
I don’t have the answer to the questions I’ve asked here, but I’ve become pretty curious about this over the last hour or so. To help answer the question of what personality type you think makes the best type of paramedic or EMT, I ask you to write your opinion in the comment section below. I think that we might get some pretty darn interesting answers.
Be sure to put which humorous thing you most enjoyed above somewhere in the comment.
(Oh, and so two Atoms were walking down the street. One said “Oh no! I’ve lost an electron!” to which the other replies “Are you positive??”)
(Also, my friend with the Ph D in chemistry said that the helium joke was “A real ARGON-er” – Get it? Ha! Nerd humor is nerdy)