Nominate Your Rising Leaders! 40 Under 40 Due Jan 31

The American Ambulance Association is seeking nominations for its inaugural Mobile Healthcare 40 Under 40! This is your opportunity to recognize exceptional rising leaders as the future of EMS. Nomination Instructions To submit a nomination, please complete the form below. Nominations are due January 31, 2020. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. Timeline Nominations are due January 31, 2020. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. Honorees will be selected by the AAA Membership Committee and announced in February 2020. Selection Process & Criteria Honorees will be selected based ONLY on the information provided in their nomination form. Nominees should have contributed to their organization, state ambulance association, AAA, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession in an extraordinary way beyond faithful completion of job duties. Please be sure to include detail about the nominee’s impact to date and future promise. Please note that nominees must be under 41 on December 31, 2020 (meaning that they cannot turn 41 in 2020). No specific job role or title is required for consideration. Recognition Honorees will be recognized on the American Ambulance Association’s website and social media platforms. Winners will also receive complimentary registration to the 2020 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada (more…)

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 millennial and how awful they are, I missed it. To be honest, it’s getting old and my ability to filter my exasperation is wearing thin, especially as we are now seeing offers of multi-day trainings for how to work with millennials. The entire concept seems quite strange to me… were there classes offered to the Boomers on how to get along with the Generation Xers? The words I usually hear associated with the generation at hand are entitled, needy, whiney, lazy, untalented and impatient. I don’t believe anyone I know well or have worked with over the years would describe me with any of these terms (ok… maybe impatient from time to time), although I am in the generational age range for millennials. In fact, I am willing to bet many of you work with people who are within the age range for millennials, yet...

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What is Reddit? (And Why EMS Leaders Should Care)

If you were asked to name the top 10 most popular websites in the United States today, I’m willing to bet that you could guess most of them: they are, in descending order of Alexa page view rankings, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Twitter, Reddit, Ebay, and LinkedIn. “Wait,” you may be asking, “what is ‘Reddit,’ and how can it be in the top 10 most popular American websites if I’ve never even heard of it?” As a self-appointed cultural ambassador for the millennial-heavy EMS workforce, I’d love to give you a basic introduction. Seasoned Redditors, feel free to skip this post. But those new to Reddit, or even social media in general, please hang in there—it is increasingly important for ambulance executives of all age groups and technology skill levels to “get” what is going on in influential online communities. What is Reddit? Reddit describes itself as “the front page of the internet.” What does that mean? Reddit (usually styled lowercase as “reddit,” but I’m capping for clarity) is an online community platform allowing users to anonymously share, comment, and vote on links, images, personal stories and more in topic-specific “subreddits.” A user’s self-selected subreddits are merged into a personalized feed, which is often very (more…)