In my post about "roving professionals" I mentioned one of my students, Samantha Massey. I was at my state EMS Education Committee meeting today talking with Samantha's training coordinator. I mentioned the initial blog post.
Our conversation led to whether Samantha would stay in EMS when she completes nursing school. Why would she? She can almost double her pay, work in a variety of special units and get a sign-on bonus to start. Not to mention the ability to grow into supervisory and management positions more easily than in EMS.
One reason to stay is the fact she has been involved as a community EMS member for some time. But how much else is there to keep people rooted in EMS?
We loose a lot of good people in EMS. I am going to track Samantha down and ask her to comment on this.