Today's Brain Fart: I never watch TV, however, I ended up sitting through a programme about the Air Ambulance over the weekend. It was fascinating!
I have the most respect and admiration for emergency services everywhere. My sister, Kerys, also works as a nurse for the NHS.
Is there any better job than saving people's’ lives?...(I don’t think there are many!).
I was thinking during the show (my brain never switches off!), that not only are the Air Ambulance crew trained to save lives, they are also trained how to fly a helicopter. Speak about a double whammy! (I would usually say “lethal combination”, however, that’s probably not right in this particular context!).
They are arguably able to help more people too because they can “paramedicize” (whatever, I got a C for English at High School!) by helicopter and by a standard ambulance.
They need to be versatile and will require more training in order to carry out their job, compared to “standard” paramedics. On the whole, they are able to offer more skills, relatively speaking, to the NHS and the patients they serve.
I am not dismissing other health or emergency service workers for one second, or saying that one group is better than another. I am simply stating that, objectively, Air Ambulance staff have two unique skills sets - as medics and as pilots.
More training usually requires more investment;
and offering a wider skill set, usually commands more remuneration.
As a result of these dual skills, the Air Ambulance crew are probably paid more than “traditional” paramedics and, presumably helicopter pilots too.
These two skills are from two completely separate disciplines, however, they complement each other other well!
Are there other skills that you can develop that will allow you to help more people?
Could you do some training in another discipline that would make you more “useful” to the people you help through your work?
What skills could you hone that will enable you to charge more money for your services? (quite literally, skills that pay the bills!)
Kallum with a K