Last night I finished my final EMT class. This class has stretched me in ways I had not even imagined. My classmates have been so much fun! The class itself has been difficult for many reasons. But you know what? I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. All of the things we go through in life make us into who God created us to be. I know the things I went through in class will make me a better medic.
I have to admit. There were many times during the past four months I questioned my ability. If it were not for such wonderful people in my life rooting me on I would probably have quit a long time ago. I know without a doubt this is what I am called to do in life.
This past Saturday I took my first exam towards becoming an EMT. This was the hands on practical skills exam. It was one of the most stressful exams I have taken. There were 6 stations we had to demonstrate skills in.
1a. Patient Assessment~ Medical
1b. Patient Assessment~ Trauma
2. Cardiac Arrest Management/AED
3. Bag-Valve-Mask Apneic with a pulse
Optional Skills~ I had to blindly pick a card to see what I was tested on.
4a. Upper Airway Adjuncts and Suction
4b. Supplemental Oxygen Administration
4c. Bleeding control and Shock Management (this is the one I picked)
5a. Spinal Immobilization~ Seated Patient (this is the one I picked)
5b. Spinal Immobilization~ Supine Patient
6a. Immobilization Skills~ Long Bone Injury
6b. Immobilization Skills~ Joint Injury
6c. Immobilization Skills~ Traction Splint (this is the one I picked)
The day started out bright and early! The exam started at 9 am. I think we were all finished by 3:30 pm. I PASSED this part of the exam! This Thursday I have my written part of the certification process. I will be honest! I am not the best at taking tests! I am pretty nervous about this exam. I am praying that God calms my nerves before going into this exam.