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ErikWeeWoo RN, EMT-P

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ErikWeeWoo has 9 years experience as a RN, EMT-P and specializes in ED/EMS.

Heyyo! I'm Erik, I'm an RN/EMT-P. I've been a paramedic for 8 years and a nurse for 6. 

Although majority of my experience is in emergency medicine, I've had lots of experience in various short-term assignments. I've worked in a family medicine office, as a substitute school RN, did camp nursing for a Summer, and have worked in urgent care. 

Prior to being a paramedic or nurse, I was a vet tech at an animal sanctuary/wildlife park, then a exotic pets emergency vet clinic. 

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  1. When I was in high school, I worked at an animal sanctuary/wildlife park. They wanted me to be a vet tech, so I was going to a vet tech program at the community college during my senior year in high school. That program wasn't even 2 years, so I was working as an active vet tech at the aforementioned wildlife park before I was even 19 – and I had some degree of exposure to the vet field as early as 14 years old, from being in the volunteer program at that park. While I was working there after my vet tech licensure, I got the opportunity to do all sorts of intubations (yes intubation is within a vet techs scope). I got to tube all sorts of animals ranging from large mammals to small reptiles & birds. It's definitely a perishable skill, but it isn't super difficult. I had double digits successful intubations before I got to medic school. Aside from that fact, paramedics can intubate (and I completed medic school & my first 2 years of nursing school together while working part time). I don't understand why intubation isn't a nursing skill. Nursing school is 4 years, there's plenty of unnecessary nursing theory fluff that could be replaced by clinical skills like intubation. If nurses can manage a ventilator (which is 100x harder than intubation), or titrate critical care meds, we should 100% having intubation included in our education and scope of practice. Especially when COVID-19 is running rampant, hospitalists should be doing much more ventilator management and nurses should be doing way more intubation. Just a rant post.
  2. I've been active in EMS for 8 years and have been active as an RN for 6 years. I don't understand where all the tension between RNs and Paramedics comes from. It's very much so two different specialties, but there's significant overlap. It seems like when I'm working ED, paramedics (especially outside the EMS agency I work for) seem to like to cop an extremely unnecessary attitude. When I'm on the ambulance, it seems like RNs (especially in other hospitals aside from the ED I work in) always do the exact same. It's to the level that I get treated completely differently based only on what badge buddy I wear. I have very little issue with anyone that I've actually worked with. I avoid drama, am relatively well liked among my coworkers. Transfer of care is a pain in the rear for everybody regardless of whom to whom, but what's with all of the drama? Does anyone else relate?
  3. This isn't happening just in Africa. Vaccine experiments are happening in the US and other countries as well. It's important to test something like this among many populations, and I don't understand why one primarily black population is an ethical issue. Assuming that there's the same or very similar processes of informed consent, there shouldn't be a problem.