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I remember my graduation so vividly. I remember thinking as my light blue epaulets slid onto my shoulders, - “holy shit George we actually did it, we made it” After being told at university for 3 consecutive years our chances of getting a job were less than 1/10, After applying for jobs all over the place...

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One of the greatest things that starting this podcast has taught me, has been to get out of my comfort zone. The timeline from the idea of starting the podcast and getting the first episode released, was all but 8 weeks. There was no time to doubt the idea, no time to worry about getting the first episodes perfect, no time to worry what other people thought.

 

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“...there wasn’t a really big expectation from either the patient or my preceptor. But once I was wearing the uniform of the Ambulance Service, well, everything changed.”

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Throughout my first year I had been anticipating my first placement with great eagerness - I would finally travelling in the ambulance as part of the crew (or more like a third wheel at times 😂. I didn’t really know what to expect but I was excited! The first job I attended was paged as a neonate arrest, but it ended up being a blocked nose causing some transient apnoea. After the neonate job my cases were predominately medical for the rest of my placement block. These were really interesting, and I learnt so much more through these cases in...

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Babies are SLIPPERY. Seriously, that may sound obvious if you think about it, but the thing is that you usually don’t think about that exact thing when there’s a brand-new human about to emerge! I was expecting to have shaky hands, but not to almost drop the baby. And it doesn’t help that often there’s a gush of amniotic fluid which emerges behind the baby with that final push, further drenching the already moving child, and you too. Sometimes the woman may be perched on the end of the bed or standing when giving birth, which makes this piece of knowledge...

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