Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New Partner....

For the past 4 months or so I have been without a permanent partner. We, like so many other services, are short-handed on Paramedics and I have been with part-timers or my supervisor. I am finally out of the "round-robin" of part-time partners. The higher-ups have deemed it necessary to give me a semi-permanent partner. I say semi because he is on loan from another shift. We are together until I am cut loose to function on my own. Then I will be put with an Intermediate or Basic partner, which are much easier to come by for hiring.

I used to give over my keys to the rig to him every morning, but other than that I know very little because he has not been with the service for very long. We are the same age, but he has been a Medic for about 5 years or so. We have been together for about 2 shifts and have only ran 5 calls. We have been really slow as of late. He does his calls and I do mine, with little talk between us.

The one call that had anything to it was a chest pain. Not sure what his intentions were but he kinda stood back and let me do all the work; O2, IV, monitor and treatment. It was my call, but I am used to working as a team and doing things accordingly. With 2 Medics, you can get things done a lot faster if one is doing one thing and the other is doing another. Maybe he was trying to see how I do things or if I could do them. Either way it got done, I don't think that the patient was having a heart attack anyway, but I treated him like he was. Partner meanwhile just stood there watching then got up front and drove.

I don't necessary think he's lazy. Maybe he's just pissed at being moved against his will, even if it is for only 6 months or less. It took about 3 months for me and my first partner to get to know each other and work well together. He was really quiet at first, then I couldn't get him to shut up. Hopefully the same will be the case with the new partner...

2 comments:

Detail Medic said...

Or maybe the higher-ups asked him to evaluate you and see if you're ready to be cut loose?

We get thrown to the wolves as soon as we get the paramedic card. It's nice to have another medic with you. As for me, I work with a different partner almost every shift. I HATE a guy that'll leave you in the back alone and yell "Let me know when you're ready to go!" through the little window.

Loving Annie said...

Good Sunday morning Blue Ridge,
I dunno...
It'd be nice if he would talk to you and let you know what he is thinking/wants from the short-term partnership work wise, and asks what works for you, too.

Mysteries always piss me off. I have limited patience...