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All the studying, testing and nervousness has paid off and you got that paid spot!  Only problem is the commute, 1.5 hours each way 3, towns over.  But, it’s with a good company and you hear great things about them.

Your first day comes along and you arrive at the ambulance yard, clean new uniform and gear, only to discover you were hired over many of the senior part time folks who also applied.  Needless to say they aren’t thrilled by your arrival.

During morning check out you are assigned to a brand new EMT-Basic, ink still wet on his card, who is not familiar with the roads, equipment or hospital locations.

Gulping your coffee, you decide to head into the supervisor’s office to see about a reassignment, at least until tomorrow.

“Nobody else wants the new guy, or gal, so make do.”  Is what you’re told.

Back to the rig and gear is checked but your narcotics are low.  Back into the office the supervisor tells you they don’t have a license for narcs, you’ll have to restock with the FD in the next town.

Something is off for sure.  Is this a test?  Some kind of cruel first day prank?  At the end of the first shift you feel like tossing in the towel but a friend reminds you that their are no other companies hiring anywhere nearby.  2 local ambulance companies recently went under and the remaining one isn’t hiring.

Keep the job and most likely the house and the car payments relying on it, or get out while you can?

You make the call.

There will be no Monday follow up to this week’s situation, it was sent as a request for advice to thehappymedic@gmail.com.  If you have a situation and you’d like to ask for a wide variety of insights, send it in, no name needed.

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18 Comments

  1. Mark Z August 20, 2010 2:18 pm

    I have left a job no notice on a couple of occasions and did not regret it in either case. Having said that I also know that if nobody is hiring that it would be foolish to leave a job you might not be able to replace. Stick it out for a while and see if things improve, it might be they are trying to drive you out so that the part timers will get the slot you leave or you may prove your self to them and find it is the company you expected it to be.

  2. Mark Z August 20, 2010 2:18 pm

    I have left a job no notice on a couple of occasions and did not regret it in either case. Having said that I also know that if nobody is hiring that it would be foolish to leave a job you might not be able to replace. Stick it out for a while and see if things improve, it might be they are trying to drive you out so that the part timers will get the slot you leave or you may prove your self to them and find it is the company you expected it to be.

  3. Anonymous August 20, 2010 2:44 pm

    Hrm, Low Narcs, no Narc License…if it were me, I probably would’ve handed my shirt over right there and left. Narcs are no joke. If there isn’t a good log of every hand they’ve been in, the last person who was supposed to have them is the one who will get screwed. Also, why don’t they have a narc license? Where did they screw up, or what paperwork wasn’t in for them to not have one. If you’re pushing a narc, and the head of your States’ EMS regulation board, or one of his inspectors sees you pushing a narc with no license, that could be your cert. going into a paper-shreader…

    I’d leave, and as quickly as I could find another job, in EMS or out. Working in EMS for the next few months until a better opportunity pans out is not worth losing everything over. As the newbie, when shit rolls down hill, you’re the one at the bottom holding the bucket…

    Just my two cents.

  4. Medic Trommashere August 20, 2010 2:44 pm

    Hrm, Low Narcs, no Narc License…if it were me, I probably would’ve handed my shirt over right there and left. Narcs are no joke. If there isn’t a good log of every hand they’ve been in, the last person who was supposed to have them is the one who will get screwed. Also, why don’t they have a narc license? Where did they screw up, or what paperwork wasn’t in for them to not have one. If you’re pushing a narc, and the head of your States’ EMS regulation board, or one of his inspectors sees you pushing a narc with no license, that could be your cert. going into a paper-shreader…

    I’d leave, and as quickly as I could find another job, in EMS or out. Working in EMS for the next few months until a better opportunity pans out is not worth losing everything over. As the newbie, when shit rolls down hill, you’re the one at the bottom holding the bucket…

    Just my two cents.

  5. 510medic August 20, 2010 4:40 pm

    I agree with Mark. If you know that no one else is hiring, you’re definitely stuck between a rock and a hard place. You obviously don’t want to stay if the job really is that bad, but you’ve heard good things about the agency so it’s probably in your best interest to hang around for a while to see if things improve. While I don’t condone the hazing of new employees my guess would be there’s some of this going on.

  6. 510medic August 20, 2010 4:40 pm

    I agree with Mark. If you know that no one else is hiring, you’re definitely stuck between a rock and a hard place. You obviously don’t want to stay if the job really is that bad, but you’ve heard good things about the agency so it’s probably in your best interest to hang around for a while to see if things improve. While I don’t condone the hazing of new employees my guess would be there’s some of this going on.

  7. Brad Buckler August 20, 2010 5:39 pm

    Get out and get out quick, get a job at McDonalds if you have to. You do not want to be associated with a company like that, especially if there is a state investigation into the company, it will look bad for you, regardless. So please… for your own good, get out.

    (If this is in regards to who I believe it is, they will understand)

    ~Brad
    @EMTGoose

  8. Brad Buckler August 20, 2010 5:39 pm

    Get out and get out quick, get a job at McDonalds if you have to. You do not want to be associated with a company like that, especially if there is a state investigation into the company, it will look bad for you, regardless. So please… for your own good, get out.

    (If this is in regards to who I believe it is, they will understand)

    ~Brad
    @EMTGoose

    • the Happy Medic August 21, 2010 2:59 pm

      Goose,
      As with all items on this here forum, enough details have been altered to obscure the identity or location of the person involved, and/or I made it up like the rest. 😉

  9. Monique Bedard August 20, 2010 5:44 pm

    I would say stick it out as bills do need to get paid, but given the narc license dilemma, I’d be hesitant to stay in the job for much longer. There is also the additional expense of the company being so far away. I’d drop anchor in closer to home, paper the town with your resume and credentials, and then run like hell from the questionable job.

  10. Monique Bedard August 20, 2010 5:44 pm

    I would say stick it out as bills do need to get paid, but given the narc license dilemma, I’d be hesitant to stay in the job for much longer. There is also the additional expense of the company being so far away. I’d drop anchor in closer to home, paper the town with your resume and credentials, and then run like hell from the questionable job.

  11. Helen August 20, 2010 6:32 pm

    Regardless of bills and who’s hiring, I would never base my decision on the experience of one day. Even good companies can have a bad day. I would stick around for at least a month and see if this is a trend.

  12. Helen August 20, 2010 6:32 pm

    Regardless of bills and who’s hiring, I would never base my decision on the experience of one day. Even good companies can have a bad day. I would stick around for at least a month and see if this is a trend.

  13. the Happy Medic August 21, 2010 2:59 pm

    Goose,
    As with all items on this here forum, enough details have been altered to obscure the identity or location of the person involved, and/or I made it up like the rest. 😉

  14. Mike "FossilMedic" Ward August 21, 2010 8:12 pm

    No narcotic license is a huge red flag, I am outta here!

    Many companies have good reputations and rotting internals.

    If I was that tight for money I would stay until I get another job that does not take such a long commute.

  15. Mike "FossilMedic" Ward August 21, 2010 8:12 pm

    No narcotic license is a huge red flag, I am outta here!

    Many companies have good reputations and rotting internals.

    If I was that tight for money I would stay until I get another job that does not take such a long commute.

  16. Anonymous August 23, 2010 3:36 pm

    The post is in regards to day 1. This individual, like us, doesn’t have enough information yet. Why is there no narc license? Is it because of a previous problem or is there some sort of pact/agreement/arrangement with another agency? Is this a case of multiple agencies sharing resources? Is it really the issue that the other posters are making it out to be? I worked at a company who did not have a narc license, there was an arrangement with the local hospital for the control and restocking of narcotics, is this the case here? HM might have his reason for not giving this information. As far as having the new guy, this is a chance to take a ‘problem’ and turn it in to an advantage. You both are new and in your learning curve; break out the map book and learn: together. No map book? Go buy one. Learn the locations of the hospitals as quickly as possible and major streets. During your down time, inventory the truck together and explain items to the new kid if he doesn’t know what they are for or do. In the off time, read the policy and procedure manual; who knows what other information can be gleaned and maybe questions answered. There is the potential to be a mentor to this new EMT and set the bar, at least in his mind, what a good medic is and does. As your days goes on, some light be shed on the perceived problems. Restocking at the FD might give you some of those answers. At every company, there are always those that don’t like new people but there tends to be a few out there that will extend a helping hand and assist you over the hurdles. Walking out at this point with no answers will hurt you in the long run and in many ways.

  17. Anonymous August 23, 2010 3:36 pm

    The post is in regards to day 1. This individual, like us, doesn’t have enough information yet. Why is there no narc license? Is it because of a previous problem or is there some sort of pact/agreement/arrangement with another agency? Is this a case of multiple agencies sharing resources? Is it really the issue that the other posters are making it out to be? I worked at a company who did not have a narc license, there was an arrangement with the local hospital for the control and restocking of narcotics, is this the case here? HM might have his reason for not giving this information. As far as having the new guy, this is a chance to take a ‘problem’ and turn it in to an advantage. You both are new and in your learning curve; break out the map book and learn: together. No map book? Go buy one. Learn the locations of the hospitals as quickly as possible and major streets. During your down time, inventory the truck together and explain items to the new kid if he doesn’t know what they are for or do. In the off time, read the policy and procedure manual; who knows what other information can be gleaned and maybe questions answered. There is the potential to be a mentor to this new EMT and set the bar, at least in his mind, what a good medic is and does. As your days goes on, some light be shed on the perceived problems. Restocking at the FD might give you some of those answers. At every company, there are always those that don’t like new people but there tends to be a few out there that will extend a helping hand and assist you over the hurdles. Walking out at this point with no answers will hurt you in the long run and in many ways.

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