Chalupnicek - Patient Transporter - Calgary, AB, Canada

Matthew Chalupnicek

Calgary, AB, Canada


Patient Transporter


On the Rigs

At the moment I'm sitting in a truck in northern Alberta enjoying the time of solitude, because it gives me time to think of how I'd love to become more and more involved in the medical world.
Im currently an EMR who has had a hard time finding work so, though I vowed not to do rig work, I ended up doing so anyway. I find it's actually not that bad, there's great food up here, a gym, and time to read and soak up knowledge. Nobody has gotten hurt up here, but on the rare occasion I'm sure they need medics. So I am here to give reassurance and peace of mind to the rig workers.
My initial plan was to come up here and work for the entirety of 2013 and use that money for school. That sounded good in theory, until I realized that if I work up here the entire year I may never gain any real patient care experience. To me that's more important than pay. I want the real thing, I want to be around people and help them, so as to feel like I have a level of use.
So my decision gravitated towards the Canadian Forces. I spoke with several recruiters and found that they would pay for my EMT school and all I'd have to do is owe them 2 months for every month of school they paid for. That means I would put in 12 months with the military and that's an experience I wouldn't mind committing myself to. The experiences, skills and long-term friendships I'd gain would count for so much. I truly believe that it would also improve my chances of employment when I'm done.
Yes, you may be thinking, "What if you go overseas and get injured, killed or have to harm innocent lives?"
Well the Canadian Forces doesn't simply send anyone out overseas. They want you to have at least a year of domestic experience before they submerge you into any overseas hot zone. When that time for me comes, I'd be well on my way to completing my required time with the military anyways.

So from now until the point my application goes through (approx. 5-6 months) I am looking and hoping to get more experience as a patient care worker, so as to make the appropriate steps towards my end goal of becoming a paramedic.

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