ok, i've just re-read the two links. here are two quotes that stood out to me:
sop, education for each level will be based on
practice, rather than national curricula
standards, resolving the disconnect between
what's taught in class and the care we actually
provide to patients.
[font=albertinamt-regular][color=#231f20]it's time that ems is recognized by other[font=albertinamt-regular][color=#231f20]obtain this recognition.
[font=albertinamt-regular][color=#231f20]health-care specialties as a true profession
[font=albertinamt-regular][color=#231f20]and not a trade. implementation of the sop
[font=albertinamt-regular][color=#231f20]will reduce fragmentation, lead to better
[font=albertinamt-regular][color=#231f20]patient care across the nation and help us
i agree with the first quote, we do need to change the discrepancy between classroom and street practice. like we've said earlier, i wonder how easy it will be to "sell" this scope of practice to the individual state ems boards. mr. brown mentions in his article that he is "calling on states to adopt the standard". last i checked, about 31 states accept the registry--and that was several years ago.
as for the second quote, i agree in theory but don't see how making this scope of practice is going to change perception from a "trade" to a "profession". this has been the topic of many debates, both here and on other website forums, but there are many standards that make a profession.
this may be a sore spot for some people, but one of the first things to do is make a minimum education level for entry into ems. associate degree. there are crnas and pas who were grandfathered with only a certificate, but i'm not aware of many programs like that anymore.
ems has come a long way since the white paper (remember that one??) but it does have a long way to go. another thing is to have a national representation/lobby group. i gave up on the naemt and stopped renewing my membership about 12 years ago when a co-worker asked me "what have they done for you, or anyone you know?" i couldn't answer the question.
the best thing that seems to be coming from this process is the potential for uniformity nationwide in the provision of emergency medical care. a person in wyoming deserves the same care as someone in florida, and even more importantly, when that person from florida is on vacation in wyoming and needs to call 911, they do expect and should receive
the same care they would be given back home.