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MAR 2018

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EMSWORLD.com | MARCH 2018 23 Pay and Benefits I couldn't get away without discussing the 64% of respon- dents who indicated they left the field due to a desire for better pay and benefits. This probably confirms what many of us would have guessed. However, when dissecting this result, we need to fully understand what it tells us and what it doesn't. This was a "pick all that apply" question: The respondents were not asked to rank the most important factor, but rather to list all the factors. So we know pay and benefits are definitely a factor for almost two-thirds of those who left. However, the authors were unable to tell us if this was the most impor- tant factor. It's important to make this distinction because, as the authors note, a previous study found the desire for better pay and benefits was the least important factor. In other words, when putting these results into context, the desire for better pay and benefits appears to be important for most of those who leave the field, but other factors may weigh more heavily into their decisions. All studies have some limitations. One of the most impor- tant to this study is that it only evaluates nationally certified EMS professionals. It's possible that those who never held a national certification or those who let it expire might have different reasons for leaving the field as well as different fac- tors influencing their likelihood of returning. As mentioned above, the response rate was low, and even though the total number of individuals who participated was over 30,000, it's possible the 10% who responded do not accurately represent the entire population. In other words, these results may not be generalizable. The factors assessed are limited to those included in the survey questions. It is possible that factors not included in the survey are important to an individual's reason for leaving the field or likelihood of returning. Finally, it is unclear from the results presented in this manu- script whether there is a difference in the outcomes of interest based on the region of the country in which respondents live and work. This is a great study, and I congratulate the authors for pub- lishing these important results. I also would like to encourage everyone to reply to surveys from leading organizations and associations in our field. As this manuscript demonstrates, your answers will be used to inform decision-makers in our profession. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Antonio R. Fernandez, PhD, NRP, FAHA, is research director at the EMS Performance Improvement Center and an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina– Chapel Hill. He has been a nationally certified paramedic since 2005 and completed the EMS Research Fellowship at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. 800.234.1464 Mon.-Fri. 8am-8pm [ET] www.mooremedical.com/ems Proud to be your valued partner providing a full range of cost effective: • Medical Equipment • Pharmaceuticals • Inventory Management • Advanced Diagnostics The product information contained in this document, including the product images and additional product materials, was collected from various supplier sources. All product claims and specifications are those of the product suppliers, not Moore Medical LLC or its affiliates ("Moore") and have not been independently verified by Moore. Moore is not responsible for errors or omissions in the product infor- mation. The properties of a product may change or be inaccurate following the posting or printing of the product information in the document, either in the print or online version. Caution should be exercised when using or purchasing any products from Moore's online or print documents by closely examining the product packaging and the labeling prior to use. Due to product changes, information listed in this document is subject to change without notice. This information is placed solely for your convenience in ordering and Moore disclaims all responsibility for its completeness and accuracy, whether or not the inaccuracy or incompleteness is due to fault or error by Moore. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2018 Moore Medical LLC. #1229 NORTH AMERICAN RESCUE C.A.T. ® Tourniquet ITEM #93970 $ 26.49 SALE PRICE PROMOCODE: CATDEALS For More Information Circle 23 on Reader Service Card

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