EMS professionals, under the authority of their state authorization to practice, have unsupervised, intimate, physical and emotional contact with patients at a time of maximum physical and emotional vulnerability, as well as unsupervised access to a patient’s personal property. These patients may be unable to defend or protect themselves, voice objections to particular actions, or provide accurate accounts of events at a later time. EMS professionals, therefore, are placed in a position of the highest public trust.
The public in need of out-of-hospital medical services relies on state authorization to practice and national certification to assure that those EMS professionals who respond to their calls for aid qualify for this extraordinary trust. For these reasons, the National Registry has adopted this Criminal Conviction Policy to ensure that individuals, who have been convicted of certain crimes, are identified and appropriately evaluated as to whether they would pose a risk to public safety as an EMS provider.
How is the pay like? Is there any longevity with this job at all?At some point in the future, if you have no further trouble with the law, level of charge you actually plead to (felony vs misdemeanor), number of years since the guilty plea, laws and regulations at the time... it might be possible for you to become an EMT. Every state has different rules/regs on this so you'll have to check your local situation. Also keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive, it isn't specific advice for your particular situation, and so on. It is best to consult with an attorney in your area who is familiar with EMS certification and criminal law for specific advice for your situation.
Just so you know, I worked with a guy who is a convicted felon of a violent crime. It took him YEARS, but he was a great partner.
I haven't heard of that, although having witnessed an autopsy while working as an EMT/security in a hospital, I think observing one should be a required part of the EMT course. Seeing how organs are arranged in a diagram really doesn't compare to actually seeing it.so pretty much theres not much to this job? i heard you can help with autopsies and stuff also is that true?
I just recently found this out that my record can get expunged, but I'm assuming I'll still need to disclose it? Also is being a paramedic a "better" option?I haven't heard of that, although having witnessed an autopsy while working as an EMT/security in a hospital, I think observing one should be a required part of the EMT course. Seeing how organs are arranged in a diagram really doesn't compare to actually seeing it.
In all honesty, as a basic EMT there are only a few things you are allowed to do that somebody trained in first aid is not. Even fewer of those are truly life saving procedures.
That being said, there are still some patients that you will have a tremendous positive impact on, so nobody but you can decide if it is worth it to you.
If you are able to get your record "expunged" it won't change what your certifying agency will be able to see. They'll see the charge, the conviction, and the expungement. However, getting such a charge expunged may show that you've been sufficiently "rehabilitated" for that to be granted and that would be a point in your favor. Being a Paramedic does bring a LOT more education, skills, and responsibility to the equation. It is also usually tougher to be licensed as a Paramedic in terms of background checks because the "powers that be" will want to know that you can safely handle controlled substances and be around people safely. An expungement may prevent private employers from being able to see the conviction, but don't count on that.I just recently found this out that my record can get expunged, but I'm assuming I'll still need to disclose it? Also is being a paramedic a "better" option?
never heard about the autopsies... might be a question for you to ask your local coroner.so pretty much theres not much to this job? i heard you can help with autopsies and stuff also is that true?