I've been thinking a lot about why it's so hard to make any progress sometimes.
Some folks who have been in EMS for a long time seem to be stuck somewhere. Unable to adapt or change.
That seems odd to me, since adaptation is part of the job description.
Even so, there are people who insist on things being done "the way we've always done it" or at least, the way they like it best, regardless of what the other options might be.
There is something to be said for respecting someone's experience. There are many, many folks out there with YEARS more experience than I have, and given the opportunity to learn from them, I'd love to do just that. But it is difficult to respect someone's "years of experience" if in fact, it was time spent doing not much of anything.
As I've heard others say, instead of someone having "20 years of experience," often what they have is one year of experience, 20 times.
In return for respecting someone's actual experience, I'd appreciate it if they would respect my very recent training and education, my continuing effort to keep my skills up to date, and the time I put in on a daily basis in doing so.
Had a recent situation where someone was being disrespectful, so I'm a little triggered about this issue. I get tired of people assuming I give things no more thought than they do.
When I have a preference for a piece of equipment, I can tell you exactly why, from what experience and/or research. It's never going to be "because it's the only thing I've ever used, and I don't want to have to adapt to something different." If I have a preference for doing something a certain way, I can explain my reasons to you, why I find that way more effective. It's never going to be "because that's how I was taught" or "that's the only way I know" or "I haven't ever thought about it."
Why is it so hard for people to evaluate someone based on their skills and knowledge, rather than some other scale, like age, or gender, or who "likes" them, or whatever?