ALL TOPICS TAGGED: emergency medical services

May 15, 2020

EMS Continuing Education: 4 Reasons Why It’s Important

Paying attention to industry trends is helpful, but a structured and comprehensive continuing education curriculum provides EMS professionals with a more thorough understanding of best practices. In addition to certification requirements, here are four reasons why EMS continuing education is important.

March 19, 2020

The Importance of Public Service

The term “public service” brings to mind bureaucratic government agencies, first responders putting their lives on the line, nurses administering vaccines at the community health clinic, and more. Public service encompasses all of these facets and then some. In this article, we explore the importance of public service and lay out four reasons why you may want to serve your community in your career.

February 18, 2020

Why Situational Awareness is the Foundation of EMS Strategy

From the initial incident report until they leave the scene, emergency medical services professionals are constantly collecting information. Successfully gathering adequate information for emergency response and remaining safe in the process requires keen observational and processing skills, both immediately and as the call progresses. In this article, we explore situational awareness and why it’s the foundation of EMS strategy.

January 21, 2020

3 Major Trends Shaping EMS Administration in 2020

As 2020 begins, EMS administrators are turning their attention to several key priorities that will continue to shape the industry in the years to come. Some of these trends are a continuation of the overall changes in the field over the last decade, while others represent a shift away from “business as usual” and toward a new way of providing emergency services. Understanding these three trends will be vital to your decision-making and development as a leader in the year to come.

September 5, 2019

Career Tips for Emergency Medical Services Administrators

Although many EMS directors and administrators achieve their positions by working their way up the ladder, most find that they need to develop additional skills to handle of all of the facets of their new jobs. If you hold a leadership position in emergency medical services, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of succeeding in the role. Here are some of our favorite tips from those who have been in the industry and have experience in what it takes to be a great EMS administrator.

August 1, 2019

Importance of Crew Resource Management in EMS

Crew resource management helps teams overcome communication issues, poor decision-making, inadequate or undefined leadership, poor resource management and many other challenges. The goal for CRM is to empower a team to effectively use all of its available resources and skills to achieve its goals. Why is it important for emergency medical services administrators to effectively use crew resource management practices with their teams?

July 1, 2019

EMT Stories: Ready Responders On or Off the Clock

Emergency medical technicians – or EMTs – are tasked with some of the most important duties in the medical field. The work of an EMT is incredibly challenging, but it’s also exciting, exhilarating and uniquely fulfilling. Here are some of our favorite real-world EMT stories.

May 20, 2019

EMS Week Profile: LeRon Lewis Loves Learning, Teaching EMS

LeRon Lewis, CSU graduate and 15-year EMS professional, truly enjoys his work as an assistant professor at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. “I fell in love with the emergency medical service after my first ride-a-long,” he said. “I still very much enjoy EMS, and I love teaching it even more!"

January 29, 2019

Why Telemedicine is Growing in EMS

The emergency medical services profession has changed significantly over the last few decades and continues to evolve in the light of new technology. In fact, telemedicine technology has the potential to completely revolutionize the entire EMS profession, by not only improving communication between first responders and hospital emergency departments, but also potentially increasing access to health care for people in underserved or rural areas.

July 30, 2018

A Future in Paramedicine [Webinar]

The rapidly evolving field of mobile integrated health care, or community paramedicine, has become a hot topic among those in EMS in and fire service. The system of services is meant to address key issues such as the rising fees of ambulance transport, labor shortages in EMS and health care costs; and it is changing the way health care is administered and delivered in many cities. Join Columbia Southern University for "A Future in Paramedicine," a webinar discussion and Q&A session.

July 26, 2018

The Importance of Data in Emergency Medical Services

If there is one thing that has had a profound influence on health care in the last decade, it’s data. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, data has become more important than ever before, with information about patients, treatments and other aspects of the delivery system analyzed and interpreted with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of care.

March 7, 2018

Making Social Media Work for First Responders [Webinar]

Social media is more and more becoming an indispensable channel in emergency management communications, as EMS and emergency management personnel are using various channels to reach their communities before, during and after disasters. First responders are also turning to social media to gather valuable insight from citizens on the ground via eyewitness video, photos and postings.

February 15, 2018

What Does It Take to Become an Emergency Medical Services Administrator?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 15 percent increase in employment for EMTs and paramedics by 2026. As the need of EMTs grows, so does the need for emergency medical services administrators. If you’re a good problem solver, an effective communicator and someone who’s interested in the business side of emergency services, you may have what it takes to be an EMS administrator.

November 7, 2017

5 Characteristics of First Responders

In times of chaos and every day on the job, first responders are heroes who keep our communities safe, calm and protected from harm. Being a first responder takes a special kind of person. Here are five characteristics we see in the firefighters, police officers, emergency managers and EMS professionals that we have the honor of educating every day at Columbia Southern University.

November 3, 2017

Alumni Stories: Daniel Tyk Enjoys a Good Challenge

Daniel Tyk is no stranger to a full schedule. The Wisconsin resident recently completed his emergency medical services administration degree while working at the North Shore Fire/Rescue department as the EMS manager, lieutenant, and community relations and public information officer.

July 25, 2017

What Safety & Emergency Services Career Field Should You Pick? [Flowchart]

With so many career opportunities in the safety and emergency services industries, it may be hard to narrow down the options. This flow chart will help you decide the best career for you based on your wants and needs.