Chapter 1: Understanding the work

The work family

The paramedic says
Don discusses the importance of work relationships. (3:22)Video transcript

Paramedics often have a very strong “work” family and may have little opportunity to develop relationships with non-paramedics. This lack of non-EMS relationships can have both positive and negative implications.

  • It is easier to connect with others who have experiences similar to our own.

  • It may result in “talking shop” at all hours, on and off the job, resulting in limited separation from work stressors.

  • It may also thwart any opportunity for more diverse relationships or awareness of the world outside of EMS.