written by Vanessa Tackitt
Missouri State University West Plains
The medical world is one which is complex and multifaceted. It encompasses so many branches of study which are all finely woven into an intricate web. Sophomore year of high school I was introduced to the beauty of it all when my sister began her EMT Basic class. Each week her excitement grew as she learned more about emergency medicine and in turn so did my curiosity. Once I started considering the medical field I realized that my new dream could become a reality as I approached my senior year. I learned I would be able to take the course during the school year. Due to the rules and regulations of the National Registry exam I was unable complete the testing process until I turned eighteen. Soon after my birthday I passed the final exam to receive my licensure. It was a rush of excitement that lead to the path of working full time on the ambulance for three and a half years.
2011 was a year of change as I had moved away from my home town and searched for a job with slightly more “normal” hours. I was blessed with a chance to work in a pharmacy which allowed me to have a little more insight into a different side of patient care. This opportunity allowed me to see some of the complications that can occur while dealing with insurance companies. While learning more about how insurance companies work it allowed me direct access to how companies view claims what they find acceptable or unacceptable. It reaffirmed in me the need for very clear concise directions for patient medications upon prescribing and patient education of the desired results in taking the medication.
Due to unforeseen changes in my life I began working at a bank for a short time a few years later. Little did I know that switching away from the medical field would rekindle my desire to be back in emergency medicine. While working at the bank I began taking open shifts again on the ambulance part time allowing me to keep my toes in the water so to speak. In February of the following year I had an earth shattering change in my life. While woodworking one Sunday evening I partially amputated my fingers. The initial moment of panic took place then my medical training kicked in. A calmness took over me as I quickly assessed the injury and applied pressure. I was able to experience the Emergency Room in a brand-new way as a trauma patient and was surrounded by a great nursing staff and doctor. I was rapidly assessed and prepared to be seen by a hand specialist at a different facility. He provided the best care possible. Not only was the surgeon amazing but also his nursing staff and Physician’s Assistant. This allowed me to see from a patient’s perspective how important punctuality in an emergency can be and the difference that can be made by good bedside manner.