1. When you’re off duty but hear a noise that sounds just like your call tones.
3. Entertaining yourself while on standby.
4. When the tones drop, but no dispatch follows.
And for a moment, the world stands still.
5. Trying to find a pen on scene:
Didn’t you place at least five in your pocket this morning?
15. That feeling when you get through a shift without getting any bodily fluids on your uniform!
16. Fear of the open mic.
19. Feeling your bedside manner go downhill as the shift goes on.
22. When the newbie on the crew says he or she, “Can’t wait to see some action!”
28. Walking on scene and wondering how you’re going to get the patient out of the room, let alone into the ambulance.
29. Having a steady flow of caffeine in your system at all times.
31. When you have an immobile patient on the 14th floor of a building – with no elevator.
32. Just about to take your boots off? Oh, OK:
34. When your patient tells the nurse a completely different personal history from what they told you on scene:
36. When the nurse asks why you didn’t get three complete sets of vitals.
37. Trying to get a history from a patient that doesn’t speak the same language as you.
39. When someone on the crew mentions what a slow day it has been.
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