County commission approves EMS Field Internship agreement

By Levi Yager
Butler County Times Gazette – May 4, 2017

At the Butler County Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 2, the board of county commissioners approved and signed the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Field Internship agreement between Cowley County Community College and Butler County EMS.

“It’s an agreement that allows students, EMTs and paramedics to perform skills and train at our facility. They provide the students [and] we provide the mentors/instructors. Basically, [we] bring them in, [and] we teach them what we know. No extra time on our staff is needed. Basically, the internship occurs during their regular business hours, so there’s no really extra time that our employees put in,” Scott Stueven, EMS deputy director, said.

Interns will actually care for patients, and paramedics will supervise them to make sure nothing goes wrong. Ultimately, Butler County EMS is responsible for patient care; a paramedic will take over if an intern is about to care for a patient incorrectly. The five-year agreement also allows Butler County EMS to groom and evaluate possible new employees. It was approved by the board of commissioners and signed by the commission chair.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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