Burnout

Yeah yeah, whatever. This job is the bet job in the world, and always will be. I’m keen, enthusiastic as f*ck, and why should that change?

Looking around, I realise that most of the older medics, who have been around for a decade or three, must have begun the job all bright eyed and bushy tailed too. Some still have the passion in there eyes, but most just plod along, and some are just plain burnt out.

I don’t want to end up like that. Reading Kelly Grayson’s recent post on the way home from my last day of work before days off made something go click.

So, as passionate as I am about this job (or more, because of my passion), I forced myself to take some time off. This is the first time in three days I’m doing something paramedic related.

I’ve been riding out on my bike the last three days. Been building up my other bike. Milling around on the net comparing and selecting components.

Brilliant balance. Everyone needs something to counter the stresses of the job. Mine is cycling.

Whats yours?

  • http://transportjockey.com TransportJockey

    Unfortunately my way to spend time when I’m not on duty is studying and sitting in class for my paramedic certification… Oh well, it’ll be over soon enough and I get to get back to motorcycles, guns, and photography :)

  • Nicole

    Good advice Flo, i just spent the entire day making decorations for cupcakes and not thinking about EMS at all, already feeling better!

  • http://paramedictutor.wordpress.com Rob Theriault

    Keep the passion and never loose that child like curiosity. That’s the key to longevity in EMS. I have been in the field for 27 years and I still love being a paramedic. I work with a number of other paramedics in their 50s and a couple in their 60s who still love the job and have a great attitude and care for their patients. It inspires me! Don’t let the cynacism of others rub off on you. Always stay focused on the patient and transcend the politics of EMS operations.

    Cheers
    Rob Theriault
    Ontario, Canada