Paramedical Career Development Plan for Michelle, NSW, State Ambulance Paramedic

Paramedical career development plan, created on April 17 2020 for Michelle who lives in Goulburn, New South Wales.

Michelle’s goal/career in emergency health care is: State Ambulance Paramedic. When we asked about how long has a career in the sector been of interest, the answer was “A few months”, and in terms of knowledge of paramedics, Michelle said “I don’t know that much”.

A career development plan from APC is designed to be unique to every person who fills out their details.

Below is a sample of Michelle’s indiviually designed plan.

Q: How long have you been thinking about a career in prehospital emergency health care Michelle?

Answer: A few months

Making a decision on which career suits your unique skills and abilities can often be a tough one. Even if you’ve only just started to think about a career as a Parmedic or Medic, you’ve begun the furst steps to make positive changes to discover more information – and that’s a great start.

Not only that, you owe it to yourself to be happy in your work, which in turn sets the scene for a happy life of fulfillment and personal satisfaction. These days, it pays choose a career that can challenge your thinking and in the process, you become a better person becasue of it. Ideally, a career with variety and an unpredictability about it, keeps you mentally stimulated. This is the life of a Paramedic/Ambulance Officer.

With so many different types of jobs you can do and different locations to work from, careers in pre-hospital/out-of-hospital emergency response care are highly sought after.

Another consideration is finding the time to study when they’re already juggling a busy, home, family and work/study schedule; although with easily-accessible online study programs, it’s a lot more possible to do it. An hour or so here and there of study can build your knowledge quickly and before you know it, you could be getting through a course in no time at all.

Putting all of those things aside, one of the main reasons to become a Paramedic/Medic and work in this amazing and personally rewarding industry is the people whose life you will affect in so many positive ways.

Deciding to devote your career to helping others and giving back to the community are the main reasons Paramedics are admired by so many.

Remember to follow your dreams and go with your ‘gut’ instinct…this can’t be ignored. If this is what you were meant to do with your life, then don’t take too long to decide, or the opportunity may slip away.  Regret is the worse feeling you can have. Please don’t put yourself in that position.

So on that note, don’t deny yourself the career ful of joy and satisfaction that you may have been chasing all of your life. It’s very clear you have already acted on your instincts and just the fact you took the time to fill out a career plan speaks volumes.

Yes – you have many decisions to make moving forward, yet only you can decide what’s really right for you.

 

Q: What would be your dream job/career goal?

A: State Ambulance Paramedic

Paramedics are first contact health workers who deliver advanced out-of-hospital, emergency and non-emergency care and related transport services for sick and injured people in an emergency and non-emergency environment. The job of an Ambulance Paramedic is both rewarding and challenging, although despite the responsibility, it’s a great feeling to be the person who can help others in need and perhaps even save a life.

Ambulance Paramedics are one of the most respected and admired professionals in the world and as such they develop their skills over many years on-road. You may have seen TV shows following the lives of Paramedics as they deal with any and every emergency. The diversity of the job is what attracts people to work in the industry. One minute they’re assisting an elderly patient to hospital for a check-up and the next they’re racing off to a multi-vehicle car crash. Another rewarding aspect of the job are the strong friendships created along the way.

It can be a real challenge to find out exactly what study options are available to become a Paramedic. Is a degree needed? How long does study take? Which qualifications are the best? etc.

Qualifications required to become a Paramedic

A national registration scheme for Paramedics was introduced in late 2018. These changes were introduced to bring the Paramedic profession into line with other health care professionals, such as nurses, physiotherapists etc; and to deliver a greater level of protection for patients.

In order to become a Paramedic in Australia today, you are required to;

  • Complete a Bachelor in Paramedic Science at a university that has been accredited by the Council of Ambulance Services and AHPRA.
  • Register with the Paramedic Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Health Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

You must meet these requirements in order to practice as a Paramedic in Australia. Registered Paramedics must also engage in ongoing professional development programs to maintain their Certificate to Practice (CTP). Once qualified and registered, Paramedics can concentrate on gaining the practical experience they need on-road. After a few years, Paramedics often up-skill into more challenging roles such as that of a Critical/Intensive/Extended Care Paramedic (CCP),(ECP). At this level, ECPs are taught to perform thorough medical examinations on scene, work with other emergency services who are present at an accident. They conduct risk assessment and development of patient management plans.

With additional training, pre-hospital emergency health care Paramedics can work in multidisciplinary sectors such as, Aeromedical and Medical Retrieval Services, Rescue Operations, Snow Operations, Special Casualty Access Team, Special Operations Team. There’s no shortage of career opportunities as a Paramedic, both in Australia and overseas.

Important: Although it states the only way to become an Ambulance Paramedic is to go to university and get a degree, there are alternate pathways other than starting university from scratch. A direct path into university offers its own benefits, however, it can be quite a daunting experience for those who have never immersed themselves in a tertiary environment before.

With this in mind, many students who wish to become an Ambulance Paramedic and for whatever reason cannot enter uni directly, choose to study foundational paramedic concepts in preparation for university life.

Studying the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is one way to gain the knowledge, experience and confidence to prepare for university. This Nationally Recognised qualification thoroughly prepares graduates for entry into the Bachelor of Paramedic Science; making the transition into university more enjoyable and less stressful. It’s also quite common for holders of the Diploma to be awarded credit points of around 25 per cent off the degree.

To recap. To become a Paramedic, a Bachelor of Paramedic Science is required. Entry into the degree program can be direct through a university or by way of the Diploma of Paramedical Science.

Allow up to 3 years full time or 5-6 years part time to complete the degree, or 18 months to complete the Diploma.

 

Q: How do you learn best?

A: I’m open to new ideas

Choosing how and where you study can make a huge difference. For some people, learning online works best for them, whereas other people learn best in a classroom.

Classroom-based activities offer a more personal experience if you enjoy being around other students and also have the ability to ask the teacher questions as you progress through the learning materials.

Of course, the considerations with classroom activities means a more structured approach to learning where the speed at which topics are completed is dependent on the curriculum as well as the collective learning speed of everyone in the classroom.

Q: How much knowledge do you have about health care?

A: I don’t know that much

Have you watched on TV, or maybe had a personal experience where a paramedic arrives at the scene of an accident and intuitively they know what to do. In fact, before they even arrive on scene, they are playing out the scene in their heads and preparing for swift action to preserve life.

Emergency health care workers are always organised and well-prepared to deal with any situation.

They are admired and appreciated so much because of the knowledge these heroes possess.

Each and every one of them started their paramedic career as a trainee one step at a time.

Taking small steps is often a great way to discover whether a career in pre-hospital emergecny health care is suited to you or not. Just by the very fact you’ve taken an interest in creating this career development plan proves you already have the a good character and share a passion for helping others who need life-saving medical attention.

So remember, just because your knowledge of paramedical concepts may seem a little light at the moment, it doesn’t mean you can’t give it a go. There are always people who are willing to help you reach your full potential. With the right training College behind you and the support of trainers and mentors, plus meeting and connecting with other students along the way – this could be easier than you ever imagined

It’s never too late to start.

Q: Where are you living at the moment?

A: Goulburn, New South Wales

It doesn’t matter where you live in Australia, there is an Ambulance Service dedicated to helping people in your local community. Ambulance Services have been established for a long time and have a long history of serving the public.

As you would well know, NSW has seen sweeping changes across the medical and health care system over the years and the NSW government takes health care very seriously.

With new hospitals being built, additional services rolled out, retiree homes popping up everywhere and new housing subdivisions sprouting up, NSW is in a growth phase. Looking to the future, you can begin to imagine the extra medical services that will be required to cover an expanding population.

Because of this, NSW has experienced rapid growth in pre-hospital emergency services. More jobs, ambulance stations and huge funding pledges have been made to improve the health care system as a whole, especially pre-hospital emergency health care.

The Ambulance Service of NSW provides high quality clinical care and health related transport services to over 7.5 million people across an area of 801,600 square kilometres.

The current workforce is made up of paramedics and specialised personnel who are responsible for intensive care and extended care services. There are also dedicated divisions within the service responsible for disaster, aeromedical and medical retrieval operations.

In terms of their ambulance vehicles, NSW Ambulance has one of the largest and most modern public ambulance fleets in the world. Some 1500 vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from pedal bikes to state-of-the-art motorcycles and fast response vehicles.

On average NSW Ambulance responds to approximately 3048 calls per day – this is equivalent to an incoming call every 28 seconds. They employ over 4,500 people, with 90 percent of staff involved in the frontline delivery of services.

There are three pathways to becoming a Paramedic with NSW Ambulance. With Paramedic registration upon us, new recruits are required to have completd a Bachelor of Paramedic Science.

The three pathways are;

– Trainee Paramedic (Vocational ) pathway

– Paramedic Intern (Graduate) pathway

– Existing Paramedic pathway.

The NSW Ambulance website is the perfect place to find out more information: https://www.ambulance.nsw.gov.au/

 

Q: Are you working in a health care job at the moment?

A:Currently not working in health care at the moment

It does’nt matter if you’re not working in a health-related industry because this industry caters for new starters.

The health care sector attracts a very special type of person. Someone who possesses high levels of empathy for others and really wants to make a difference. They just have this overwhelming need to help people and give something back to their community.

You’ll also find the people who excel in this field have amazing personal qualities, including excellent communication skills, high levels of emotional intelligence, compassion and resiliance. They are able to follow directions without a problem and can easily communicate with fellow worker, patients and their families.

The world is full of people who need urgent medical assistance, which in turn creates opportunities for long-term employment in the pre-hospital emergency health care sector.

Beginning a career in emergency health care is not difficult when you consider the entry-level roles start as a Patient Transport Officer, or working in the ambulance communications room as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher.

With so many career options, it makes sense to start thinking seriously about what type of work interests you the most. Do you like driving (patient transport), do you love talking to people on the phone and are a great communicator (control room operator), or perhaps you enjoy the noise and excitement of outdoor events and community gatherings (Basic Life Support Medic). Whatever it is you enjoy the most, start to think about what steps you need to take to become part of this amazing community of people who do incredible work and feel good about it.

Q: When would you like to get started with your studies?

A: 1-3 months

Making decisions can be easy for some people, because they are clear on what they want out of life and are prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve it.

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that this applies to you too.

Making the right decision involves gathering the right information and weighing up all the options.

This is a great place to be because only when you’ve got all the information, will you possess the confidence to take the next step.

Deciding on a career in pre-hospital emergency health care is truly rewarding on so many levels. When you factor in the excitement of the job, meeting new people and being somewhere different each day sets the foundation for a rewarding and fulfilling career.

Another important stage in the decision-making process involves communicating your intentions to those people whose opinions you trust.

Talk things through with them and get some feedback to make sure that your assumptions about a career in emergency health care are correct. Take it all on board, then prepare to follow through with your decision.

Having a firm plan in place, one that clearly lays out what you need to do next is what you need.

Why wait too much longer, when the decision has already been made to make some real changes in your life.

 

Q: How many hours a week could you devote to studying?

A: Up to 10 hours

One of the most challenging aspects of taking on parmaedical study is finding the time to study.

No matter which type of learning method you choose, whether it’s online or in a classroom, you will have to fit study around your current lifestyle.

Some people have plenty of time on their hands whereas others have to juggle work, family and other commitments, meaning there is less free time to knuckle down and study.

If you happen to lead such a busy life and you feel there’s just not enough time to study and work towards shaping your future, don’t be disheartened. Even a few hours a week of study can make a huge difference.

At least by taking the time to find out about a career in pre-hospital emergency health care you have taken the first steps towards changing your life for the better.

Many people don’t even get this far and as you would know, if you don’t take the first steps, nothing will change in your life and you’ll be in the same situation a year from now thinking to yourself, ‘I wish I had taken some action and at least given it a go’.

If you decided to devote a few hours a week, you would be very surprised just how much you can achieve.

 

Create your own career development plan here: https://apcollege.edu.au/paramedic-quiz-1.php
If you never give it a try, you may never know just how good you could be.

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