Author: Samantha Hilker

Samantha Hilker is the founder of Hilker Project & Strategy Management, LLC. She is a lover of books and favors a facilitative leadership style. Samantha believes the future of EMS, and humanity, resides in our ability to build relationships, work together and play nice in the proverbial sandbox. She is a licensed Critical Care Paramedic in the state of Wisconsin, and her passion for patient care is still a driver for her personally and professionally. Samantha held positions as a paramedic, supervisor, staff development manager and project manager. She has successfully led and managed organizational change, process improvement and public engagement efforts. After finishing her master's degree in organizational leadership, Samantha started her own company with a goal of helping more EMS and healthcare organizations strengthen their leadership teams, effectively share their stories and better engage the communities they serve.

Family Liaisons Following EMS Line of Duty Deaths

I was just a kid when I started in EMS. 23 years old, hungry for adventure, and ready for everything the world of EMS was prepared to give me. Car accidents, gunshot wounds, stabbings, intoxicated shenanigans, elderly falls, fist fights, medical emergencies, strokes, and cardiac arrest were all on my list of expected possibilities. One…

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What I Wish I Had Known

Congratulations! You were selected for the Paramedic Supervisor position, if you accept, we’ll start the transition immediately. I remember the excitement I had when I heard those words so many years ago. The excitement that carried strongly through 2 days of celebrating with my husband, anticipating the new world I was about to be part…

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5 Can’t-Miss EMS Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to gain information and insight on a variety of topics.  With the intimidating number of podcasts on the topic of EMS and leadership available, it can take a bit of time to find the one that’s right for you.  I have been a fan of podcasts for several years now,…

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8 Ways You Can Support Millennials in Your Workplace

Millennials… am I right? That seems to be the most popular punch line when I am sitting around a table with colleagues discussing organizational change or current challenges in EMS, particularly staffing and development. I recently attended a conference focused on leadership in EMS and if there was a session without mention of the dreaded…

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