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As leaders it is vitally important to develop the skills needed to assist in times of negotiation.  In this episode of the EMS Leadership Podcast Chris is joined by his regular cast of leaders, Rob Lawrence, Patrick Pianezza, and Don Lundy as they outline the skills needed to conduct successful negotiations.

In this episode Chris is joined by Don Lundy and Patrick Pianezza as they discuss employee engagement. According to the Gallup organization 29% of out workforce is Engaged, 54% is Disengaged, and 17% is Actively Disengaged. If our workforce is the most important to organizational success, how can we have close to 3/4 of them disengaged […]

In this New Years edition join Chris Cebollero, Don Lundy and patrick Pianezza as they discuss developing personal and professional goals for 2016. As leaders we always do a good job seeing goals for our workforce, but what are you doing for your own professional development?

In this episode we discuss the best advice we have received in our career, that keeps us motivated and prepared for what happens next. Join Chris Cebollero and his guests Don Lundy, Rob Lawrence and Patrick Pianezza as they share knowledge, experience, favorite quotes, and leadership books that have made a difference.

We develop great processes in our organizations to ensure we do the best job possible. What process do we put into place to determine if our processes are being followed? Join Chris Cebollero, and his guests Patrick Pianezza, Don Lundy, and Rob Lawrence  as they tackle this very topic.  

In this episode Chris and his panel Don, Patrick and Rob discuss the attributes of a Level 5 Leader. Level 5 Leadership was a concept developed by Good to Great author James Collins. Join us for a great discussion.

In the first episode of 2015 we discuss the importance of developing goals for the up coming year. Join Chris Cebollero and his guests Don Lundy, Rob Lawrence, and Patrick Pianezza as they lead you through goal setting.

In Episode 127 Chris Cebollero is joined by Don Lundy and Rob Lawrence as they overview EMS Expo 2014 in Nashville, TN. From the exhibit hall, to the World Trauma Symposium, to high quality education. Come on in and join the discussion and see why EMS World Expo is the number one EMS Trade Show. […]

In this episode Chris Cebollero and his guests Don Lundy, Patrick Pianezza and Rob Lawrence discuss How to keep a healthy back on the job. Don shares the programs NAEMT has introduced for back safety.

In this episode Chris, Don and Rob discuss Pinnacle 2014. Join us for the discussion as we cover the importance of networking, the caliber of instructors, and the future of EMS.

There are so many horrible stories that are occurring in EMS. What happens when that big event happens within our organizations? How will we handle the workforce? How do we handle an internal investigation? And more importantly How do you handle the media? Join Chris Cebollero and his guests Don Lundy, Patrick Pianezza and Rob […]

In this episode Chris Cebollero talks with Don Lundy President of NAEMT. Recently the field EMS Bill was introduced in the Senate, this is a big win for our career field. What’s the Field EMS Bill all about? What does it mean to you? What can you do to help? Get the answers to these […]

In this episode Rob Lawrence takes the host chair and talks with Chris Cebollero and Don Lundy to give an overview of the MIH Summit last week in Washington DC.  If you were unable to attend come on in and check out the latest news on the  development of MIH for our career field.

In this episode of the EMS Leadership Podcast at EMS Today 2014 in Washington, DC, host Chris Montera from the EMS Garage podcast is joined the leaders of two of the to EMS management organizations. Troy Hagen is president of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA). Bill Sugiyama is president of the National Association of […]

Dealing with difficult people at work is always a challenge. We have all been in a position to work around people that just make us cringe when you see them coming. Join Chris Cebollero and his guests Patrick Pianezza and Rob Lawrence as they discuss the finer points of dealing with difficult people at work.

Join Chris Cebollero and his guests Don Lundy and Rob Lawrence as they talk about EMS Today. Hitting the show highlights, the conversation also turned to EMS on the Hill Day. Come on in and listen.

Join Chris Cebollero and his guests Don Lundy, Patrick Pianezza and Rob Lawrence as they discuss the EMS year in review. They also discuss what 2014 should bring and end with some New Years Resolutions. Come on in for this great discussion.  

In this episode joined by the usual suspects Chris Cebollero discusses issues regarding time management, problem solving to how to stay personally motivated. Rob Lawrence discusses RAA’s involvement with NIOSH, Patrick Pianezza chats about his new professional endeavor and Don Lundy shares a very personal and candid insight secondary to his recent cardiac event.

What is the best way to develop an accountable organization? Join Chris Cebollero and his guests Patrick Pianezza and Rob Lawrence as they discuss the finer points of developing accountability in your organization.

Join us for a discussion on Anger Management. Haven’t we all at some point allowed our emotions to dictate our actions? Well in leadership this could be a death sentence to our leadership credibility. Join us for some tips, and great discussion on this needed topic.

As a parent my number one priority is keeping my kids safe. Halloween has gotten a bit of a bad rap for being dangerous for children. Nick Nudell helped me filter the NEMSIS data (and by help I mean he did all the hard actual work and I just wrote about it) to find out […]

Learn about capnography and sepsis in a free webinar presented by Mike McEvoy. Tuesday, November 5, noon CT. Register! And view more resources on capnography.

Michael Morse, author of Rescuing Providence and Responding, published a new book last week, City Life. You can buy City Life as a Kindle book for reading on a Kindle or Kindle app from Amazon. I was honored that Michael asked me to write the book’s foreward. But rest assured that the best writing in […]

As a teen and a college student my mom said to me at least 1000 times, “It’s not you that I  worry about, it’s all the crazy people in the world.” I am not sure if there are more crazy people now or if we just know more about the crazy people through their tweets, […]

Narcan for everyone was one of my top developments in EMS during 2014. With a growing or worsening opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. the call for public access naloxone continues. CVS made big news announcing naloxone without a prescription would be available in at least 14 states. I called on EMS to support non-prescription narcan […]

EMS conference presenters spend too much time winding up and building to their key points. The long wind-up is usually background or foundation information – pathophysiology, assessment, and treatment basics – that is rarely new information to most of the audience. Here are four things to consider as you prepare to deliver a conference presentation, classroom lecture […]

This was my 2nd (maybe 3rd) time attending EMS World Expo in Las Vegas. I was glad to be back after missing EMS World Expo 2014 in Nashville because of a blizzard kept me from leaving Wisconsin. Here are some of the numbers from the week: 75 – Things in 75 Minutes The presentation, 75 things […]

Please check-out the great work being done by The Code Green Campaign. (and two recent articles on the topic of suicide in EMS from the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum and EMS World Expo).   Greg Friese, EMS1 editor-in-chief, stopped by today to show his support for #savingpublicsafety and the… Posted by The Code Green Campaign […]

The largest EMS conference in North America officially opens this morning. I arrived Tuesday to begin the EMS1 special coverage of the event. If you are at EMS World Expo I hope you will say hello or maybe join me for an early morning run on the strip Friday. Here is @gfriese getting his next […]

Two of the all-time viewed posts on Everyday EMS Tips. Practice Reading 12-Leads Capnography Resources

Aladtec, Inc. announces they have surpassed 2,000 customers. Founded over a decade ago, this Wisconsin based company develops online employee scheduling and workforce management software for the Public Safety sector. Each year more organizations recognize the value of moving staff scheduling, and various office-oriented tasks, online. Internet software reduces human error, improves efficiencies, saves time, and often saves money. The post Congrats to Aladtec on 2,000 Agency Milestone appeared first on The MedicCast.

Ray Kemp knows first hand what the opioid crisis means to families and individuals across the U.S. Many EMS providers treat people with addiction with indifference at best. Ray's new video documentary aimed at educating first responders about opioid addiction aims to change that. If that's what you're looking for, you found it, right here on this week's episode of the MedicCast. The post Changing EMS View of Opioid Addiction with Ray Kemp (Episode 508) appeared first on The MedicCast.

Sean Lathrop oversees almost two hundred EMS employees across five associated services with Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota. Using the Aladtec scheduling and management software, Sean is able to quickly and easily keep and update the schedule for all his staff with one simple to use interface. Accessible over mobile devices, employees get updates and alerts on scheduling openings and opportunities. The post EMS Scheduling Hundreds of Shifts is Easy With Aladtec appeared first on The MedicCast.

Working on your advanced EMS Degree and looking for people to follow and emulate? We have a special interview just for you coming up with EMS Educator of the Year 2017 Ginny Renkiewicz. If that's what you're looking for, you found it, right here on this week's episode of the MedicCast. The post EMS Educator of the Year Ginny Renkiewicz and Episode 507 appeared first on The MedicCast.

JenaLu Simpson is a paramedic and chief executive with Medic West EMS, El Reno, Oklahoma. Her EMS 911 transport service is small but that doesn't mean their scheduling and management needs are tiny. JenaLu used to schedule shifts by hand on paper, taking her over an hour and a half to complete. Then she saw Aladtec software and information about Easy EMS Scheduling on Facebook and everything changed. The post Superior Customer Service and Easy EMS Scheduling with Aladtec appeared first on The MedicCast.

Jeanie Diden, CEN, EMTP, is a program manager with UT Lifestar, Knoxville, Tennessee. UT Lifestar, an aeromedical critical care transport service associated with the University of Tennessee, has over sixty employees. Scheduling shifts and managing programs for them all could be a chore except that they use Aladtec's innovative software. The post Aladtec Electronic Forms and Easy EMS Staff Scheduling appeared first on The MedicCast.

All paramedics in Australia are required to have Bachelors Degrees and nurses upgrade to become paramedics. Why can't that work here in the United States? We have a special panel discussion on that coming up. If that's what you're looking for, you found it, right here on this week's episode of the MedicCast. The post Upgrading EMS Education Standards and Episode 506 appeared first on The MedicCast.

This year, over 5,300 people from 44 countries are expected to attend EMS World Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada.  Hosted in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), this progressive conference [...] The post Visit EMS World Expo Vendor Aladtec in Booth #1855 appeared first on The MedicCast.

NEW YORK, August 18, 2017 — This week Inc. magazine released their 36th annual Inc. 5000 list, the nation’s most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.  Aladtec, Inc. moved up 20 spots, moving [...] The post Aladtec is Ranked on Inc. 5000’s List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies appeared first on The MedicCast.

What kind of challenges face women in the field of EMS across this country? We have a special panel discussion on that coming up. If that's what you're looking for, you found it, right here on this week's episode of the MedicCast. The post Women in EMS and Episode 505 appeared first on The MedicCast.

This episode of The Positive Paramedic Project comes to us from John Levac of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. “65” I live in a small town. 12,000 strong if you include the county. When I am driving around it is common to see a 65 sticker on the back of a car. That is the jersey number … Continue reading "The Positive Paramedic Project Episode #112 | 65"

Time is an essential part of life in EMS. Counting out the seconds in your head while taking stock of a patient’s pulse. Watching the chest rise and fall and keeping track of the number of breaths per minute. Performing compressions while keeping time to Stayin’ Alive looping in your head. I remember the first … Continue reading "The Positive Paramedic Project Episode #111 | Joy’s time"

This is a repub of a 2008 Norm Rooker column. “You’re not dead?!” Just what is the correct response when this is the initial greeting from someone who knew you from back when? The occasion was the 2008 Fire-Rescue Med Conference in Las Vegas. I was attending the national roll out for the Ambulance Strike … Continue reading "Rooker | The Positive Paramedic Project | #110 You’re not dead?!"

I wrote this stream-of-consciousness piece as a ‘soundtrack’ for a series of mixedtapes sent to a few well chosen friends. Have you ever considered Condition White? Condition White is the lowest end of the mental awareness spectrum developed by American law enforcement instructor Jeff Cooper. Condition White, according to the disciples of Cooper, is a … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #109 | Condition White"

Guillaume Rancourt knew he going to be a luthier when, at the age of 13, the other students in woodworking class were building birdhouses – and he was handcrafting his first guitar. He says it was, perhaps, his destiny to craft guitars by hand. “My grandfather was a handyman. I would spend complete days with … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #107 | The guitar doctor"

We began hosting concerts in our home because we live in a small town (3,000 people) about two hours away from the closest large music venues (e.g., Montreal QC or Burlington VT) and we wanted our twin teenaged daughters to be able to experience top-quality live music in an audience-friendly acoustically-sound environment. So we embarked … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #106 | Kids are, as always, free and welcome"

I am stubborn. My wife warned me not to try and change that lightbulb on my own. She told me I ought to ask our neighbour from across the street to lend me a hand. I waited for her to go over to one of her friends for tea and muffins and then I decided … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #104 | Priorities"

  This was the eulogy I crafted for Dr. Peter Cohen’s farewell service on September 5, 2014 in Verdun QC. — Faith. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of Peter Cohen. He had such faith. I met Peter for the first time when I was in my late teens. I was … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #103 | Remembering Dr. Peter Cohen"

A nugget of Big Medicine for your consideration. #101 Vital signs. Back in October, I dropped the Bad’Baru off for an oil change and a couple of NASCAR-style body patches at the Garage Generale Stanstead. I loved the place. It was like Cheers! with grease. Everyone really did know your name. There were always folks … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #101 Vital signs"

A nugget of Big Medicine for your consideration. #101 Regularly irregular. My first conscious memory of being unable to adopt a beat was on my 13th birthday when my parents rented a jukebox for my party. Despite listening repeatedly to great tunes like April Wine’s ‘Bad Side Of The Moon,’ I couldn’t dance worth a … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #102 Regularly irregular"

A nugget of Big Medicine for your consideration. #100 Shit happens, vomit splashes & dignity is assisted. Transcript from an actual call to 911. Caller: He’s down on the floor. He collapsed. He’s vomiting. EMS Communications Officer: Is he breathing? Caller: I don’t know. He’s in the other room. EMS Communications Officer: You need to … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #100 Shit happens, vomit splashes and dignity is assisted"

The Resurrection Man, part 1 He looked into the fridge. There was a shelf full of yogurt cups. He scanned the expiration dates stenciled on the top. He picked a lemon yogurt cup sporting yesterday’s date as its best before moment. He paused before opening the container. There were three possibilities. The yogurt would smell … Continue reading "Newman | The Resurrection Man, part 1"

A nugget of Big Medicine for your consideration. #99 Time. “Time is fleeting…madness takes its toll.. ahh.. but listen closely.. not for very much longer.. I’ve got to keep control.” – The Time Warp, Rocky Horror Picture Show. EMS is all about time. We cannot control time but oh, how we try just as hard … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #99 Time"

A nugget of Big Medicine for your consideration. #98 Blood. I learned fairly early on in my career as a paramedic that I was okay with blood. One of my first few calls involved enough blood-letting in a kitchen it could have been fodder for skits performed by Dan Ackroyd as The French Chef on … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #98 Blood"

A nugget of Big Medicine for your consideration. #97 Carpets. Carpets have figured prominently in several of my more memorable EMS calls. Yes, that’s right. Carpets. One of my least favourite carpet calls came in as difficulty breathing and then got re-prioritized as respiratory distress. The address was a very fashionable apartment building. We rode … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #97 Carpets"

A nugget of Big Medicine for your consideration. #96 End of shift Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting a brother medic/firefighter who has been on one helluva long godawful ride that has transcended hundreds of shifts and a large chunk of his life. The trauma Al experienced occurred in quote, real life, unquote … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #96 End of shift"

A nugget of Big Medicine for your consideration. #95 Test fire yourself. We are big on drills, exercises and simulations in EMS. We thrive on scenario-crafting. We roll on simulated cardiac arrests to practice our code protocols. We set up improbable Road Traffic Crash scenes to test our ability to think outside the box. We … Continue reading "Newman | The Positive Paramedic Project #95 Test fire yourself"

Lessons Learned from the Ice Storms: Backup Power by Greg Carttar [Feb 6 2009] As you surely know, Southern and Southeastern Missouri, Northeastern Arkansas, and Kentucky were hard hit by ice storms which took out power and essential services. This narrative is about a community in Southeastern Missouri. During the day Friday, we were on … Continue reading "Vintage Big Med – G Carttar | Lessons learned from the ice storms: Backup power – Feb 2009"

On becoming senior & Germanic terms that make us sound smarter than we really are  by Blair Schwartz [Jan 28 08] Ok, I know… It has been quite some time since I wrote anything for Big Medicine. Its not that I lost my passion for writing, nor due to the absence of several much appreciated … Continue reading "Vintage Big Med – B Schwartz | On becoming senior & Germanic terms that make us sound smarter than we really are – Jan 2008"

A Series Of Firsts by Blair Schwartz [Oct 19 06] It’s been a while since I last posted an entry on Big Medicine, but that is the nature of the Internal Medicine Residency. A program designed to immerse you (quite literally at times) in the art and science of medical diagnosis and management, occasionally letting … Continue reading "Vintage Big Med – B Schwartz | A Series Of Firsts – Oct 2006"

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