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Utilization of the paramedic certification among emergency medicine undergraduate students

Borrell, Jessica (2012) Utilization of the paramedic certification among emergency medicine undergraduate students. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background: Recruitment and retention are significant issues in EMS, both in the classroom and the workforce. It appears that some students in the senior class of the Emergency Medicine majors are choosing not to test for their paramedic certification or work in EMS at all. The purpose of this research was to understand why a portion of the students are choosing to undergo the rigorous paramedic training program during their junior years, and then are not using the training during their senior years and beyond.

Methods: A survey was administered to the senior class of Emergency Medicine degree seeking students.

Results: Significant differences were found between students with more than and less than one year of prior experience in their confidence in BLS skills, their likeliness to remain in the field in 5 years, and their likeliness to remain in the field in 10 years. Significant differences were also found between students with and without the intent to attend graduate school in their certification levels, their likeliness to remain in the field in 5 years, and their likeliness to remain in the field in 10 years.

Conclusions: Factors that could be causing this phenomenon include scheduling conflicts, wage, lack of advancement opportunities, and intent to attend graduate school.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Borrell, Jessicajlb170@pitt.eduJLB170
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorPlatt, Thomas Eplattt@pitt.eduPLATTT
Committee MemberCohn, Ellen ecohn@pitt.eduECOHN
Committee MemberStoy, Waltstoy@pitt.eduSTOY
Committee MemberDickison, Philippdickison@ncsbn.org
Date: 18 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 11 November 2011
Approval Date: 18 January 2012
Submission Date: 8 December 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 64
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: University Honors College
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Emergency Medicine
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paramedic, Paramedics, EMS, Emergency Medical Services, Recruitment, Retention, Turnover, Job Stress, Career Mobility, Job Satisfaction
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10736

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