With younger EMS professionals seeking to advance their careers by entering in to leadership positions, current leaders must prepare them to take the reins. The question is, do we "coach" these prospective leaders or "mentor" them? What is the difference between coaching and mentoring, anyway?
The final article in our four-part series on Just Culture addresses the importance of having a vision, as well as a plan, to achieve high reliability and foster a safety culture.
In this interview, Todd Stout—the founder and president of FirstWatch—offers his insights on how the profession has evolved over the past decades and what we can expect in the future.
Recognizing the need for EMS agencies to continuously improve their safety culture while understanding the challenge of knowing how to get started, CPS developed the Safety Culture Assessment specifically for this market.
Understanding generational differences can improve morale and employee engagement, and, by decreasing turnover, can reduce operational costs. Strategies to improve engagement also provide benefits to the organization by improving operational and clinical performance.
As a leader, the number one question we should be asking is, “Why are paramedics, who have decades of experience, not dedicating their time to one place?” If you haven’t asked yourself this question, or you choose to disregard it, it may be that you're part of the reason why.
The third article in this series will address some of the fundamental problems we face when integrating safety culture and reliability concepts into the fabric of the organization. We’ll discuss where you might start, realistic timeframes and potential opportunities.
For the past six years, the AAA has been preparing for the requirement that ambulance service suppliers and providers would need to furnish cost data to CMS. Although the possibility of your organization being selected to provide data is a couple of years away, it's important that you start preparing now.
Since its founding, the National Registry has been focused on maintaining the integrity of the EMS profession. However, the perception of its role can sometimes vary from one EMS professional to the next. In an interview, Dawson addressed core principles of the National Registry and clarified its commitment and importance to both individual professionals and the industry as a whole.
Just Culture is just one part of a larger strategy to become a Highly Reliable Organization (HRO). When instituted as an individual “program” and not as one part of a larger philosophy related to risk reduction and reliability, one-off Just Culture programs are likely to fail.