Where to start?
This page is the foundation of Technician Tips.
Firstly, let me reassure you - we all know what it is like to scurry around for any form of information about the course you're due to start in what seems like forever. But, it'll soon creep up on you...
As an ambulance clinician, you will develop an understanding of the physiology of the body; location of organs, functions of bodily systems and drugs. There is more to it, but I'm not here to confuse you.
I would start out by doing some very simple self-learning. It will help you a tremendous amount.
Before you rush in and buy books. Wait, see what's available when you start your course or find out if any material is provided for you - read any information your Trust or Organisation has provided for you.
(It saves you money, rather than buying every single book and wondering what the hell it's on about.)
A bit like pre-flight checks, only more important.
Understanding what your course is about is very important. A simple google can point you in the right direction!
If you're a Student Paramedic - you'll probably have been given some form of information about what to expect? I hope. If not, ask around - there are facebook pages that contain helpful stuff, and you may also be able to meet some course mates prior to starting.
It may sound sketchy, but check that the university you are hoping to go to is approved by the HCPC. Otherwise, you may not be able to qualify as a Paramedic.
You could also head over to the College of Paramedic's website to see what they have to say.
New Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Care Assistant, Associate Ambulance Practitioner? Fear not! A lot of courses are regulated by external awarding bodies and will have a specification on their website, somewhere.
There is a bit more information available for you, simply by doing a quick google search.
Ask yourself the following:
1) How much do you already know about the human body and its organs?
2) Is it worth looking into it?
Those answers are personal to you. But, the information below may help you either way.
I'd recommend visiting the links I have included to get you going. It may sound simple, but having a little idea about the bodily systems gives you a head start!
If you already know about the bodily systems and feel confident - test your knowledge?
Do some reading around the bodily systems; improve that basic knowledge a tad more. If you feel you want more; now look at buying books.
Press the arrow for Clinical Education
If you have a question, feel free to ask. I will try my best to point you in the right direction.
Or, email, tweet, facebook your university/Trust/Organisation and get to someone who knows. The worst they can say is no.
Research where your training will take place. Know how to get there.
Consider getting twitter if you don't have it. It can give you the chance to network with people who either attended, are attending and speak to other both registered and non-registered medical professionals.