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Career Profile: Paramedic - Shaun White

Career Profile: Paramedic - Shaun White

Shaun White, NREMT-P, 26 Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis MN Paramedic

Dept. of Labor, Career Voyages, In Demand: Careers in Health Care

Why did you become a paramedic?

I’m also a part-time volunteer firefighter for a suburb of Minneapolis. A few years ago, I took an emergency medical technician course and realized there was so much more to learn. So I did a few ride alongs. That’s where you ride with an ambulance team to see if paramedicine is something you might be interested in pursuing. I decided it was, so I enrolled in a two-ear progam in paramedicine.

What do you do on a typical day?

I work the night shift, from 9:30 pm to 9:30 am. On a typical night, we get between two and 12 calls. A busy night might consist of a couple of heart attacks, a shooting, a car accident, a stroke, and a few assaults. My job is to assess the situation and provide emergency treatment to help keep the patient alive until he or she can be seen by a doctor. I’m on the front line in emergency care.

What do you like best about your job?

The variety. I play such a vital role in people’s care and in their lives. Yet at the same time, I get to drive around a lot. I get to be outside during the summer. I see people on their worst day, and it’s really cool if I can help bring a smile to their face.

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