Wednesday, January 12, 2022
We would like to express our gratitude to our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) faculty who are providing the best learning experiences for our EMS students: Professors of EMS Cindy Bell, Bruce Weisenbarger, Bryan Spangler, Jamie Lowery, Louis Sabat, Travis Roberts, Pat Kelly, Steven Page and Lulu Matile.
It’s not every day that our Valencia College students have the opportunity to be recognized for their dedication. It is exponentially rewarding when the College has the opportunity to bring together our industry leaders to help with that recognition.
On Thursday, December 9, 2021, the Osceola cohort of paramedic students participated in the first recognition ceremony on that campus. Thirteen graduates had the opportunity to receive paramedic pins to recognize their achievement after a year of class and clinical work and also to mark their entry into the healthcare field during a time when our community’s need is immense. Orange County Fire and Rescue Division Chief Mike Wajda provided the ultimate inspiration in his speech that outlined four reminders for our recent graduates:
1. “You have an obligation to be your best. Your patient does not get to choose their paramedic — they get who 911 sends, so you owe them to be the best.”
2. “Be nice to your patients. It’s their worst day. They will not know if you gave the right medication, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
3. “Pay it forward. A lot of very smart instructors and preceptors showed you the way. Do the same for the next generation.”
4. “Love what you do. You have a chance to make miracles happen, and you will work beside the best people on the face of the earth. Love every minute of that privilege because it will not last forever.”
These thoughtful reminders will follow our graduates out into the field as they care for our family members and us. These are true reminders of how powerful health careers can be and how impactful our future health career graduates are to each one of us.