Hey there! As you might know, I am Nathan, one of the editors here at Jazz Hands Journal.

A little bit about me: I am a first-year college student in Salem, Oregon. I’m originally from San Diego, California – I know, you’re wondering why I left the perfect sunny weather for the rainy north-west, that’s a story for another time. Anyways, I have declared Exercise and Health Science as my bachelor’s degree major and I fully intend on becoming an EMT while in school and doing that for a few years before going to school to be a physician assistant.

My university offered me an opportunity to get my foot in the door of the EMS (emergency medical services) world by offering a course to be certified and licensed as an Oregon Emergency Medical Responder. I swiftly took this opportunity and as of today, I am officially licensed by the state of Oregon as an EMR that can respond to emergency medical calls.

For those who don’t know, the world of EMS has many different levels of certification by a national organization called the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The levels set by NREMT are EMR, EMT-Basic, EMT-Advanced, and Paramedic. Not all states recognize the EMR title, about 10 out of the 50 states do not recognize EMR as an EMS level, sadly.

With my EMR license, I am going to join the volunteer EMS team that my university has. The university’s EMS team only works from Fridays through Saturdays so the volunteers don’t miss class times due to their 24-hour shifts. While on duty, I’ll be responding with other EMR or EMT volunteers to any calls campus safety receives about injuries or situations possibly needing medical assistance.

Through my blog, I will be documenting my interesting experiences, thoughts, accomplishments, rantings and ravings, and anything else I might think to post! Come along with me on my journey to hopefully realize my career and personal dreams!

You can follow my posts directly through the tag “my-ems-life” to filter just the posts for my story!