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MED-ACT

Phone: 913-715-1950

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1100, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Become a Paramedic

Becoming a paramedic can be a rewarding career as you are responsible for providing care to the sick and injured.  A paramedic provides both basic and advanced life support, including administrations of medications, advanced airway management, and cardiac monitoring.

Most paramedic programs require that you have graduated from highy school (or have a GED), but it's not mandatory that you have a college degree.

Requirements may vary from state to state, but generally, the eligibility requirements for most paramedic schools/programs are as follows:

  • 18 years of age
  • A high school graduate, or have a GED
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Be a licensed EMT

To be eligible to apply for a paramedic program you may have to take anatomy, physiology or an anatomy/physiology class.  (Not all programs require this prerequisite as it may be "built-in" to the paramedic program curriculum).

After finding a paramedic program that is right for you, the next step is to apply for admission.  Some paramedic programs may have an interview process, as programs can be highly competitive for admissions.

Paramedic programs in Kansas are listed below:

Greater Kansas City Area programs:  CLICK HERE

United States (search programs by state):  CLICK HERE

 

Career at Med-Act

Med-Act offers career path opportunities for those interested in specializing in the delivery of emergency medical services.  Most paramedics spend many years at Med-Act, and often add specialty work to their role.  Med-Act offers a variety of development and leadership opportunities for field providers.

Career Progression

Each ambulance is led by an officer, either a lieutenant or a paramedic.  The officer provides medical leadership and guidance for all personnel who are part of the on-scene EMS team. The paramedic and officer usually alternate being the primary patient care provider with each call, but some crews choose to keep one person in the "primary role" for the duration of the shift, and then switch to the other partner being "primary" for the duration of the following shift.  The team confers with each other about decisions to be made, but the officer has the final accountability and bears primary responsibility for any actions taken by the EMS crew.

Most ambulances are led by an EMS Lieutenant, responsible for supervising the EMS team.  Lieutenants also serve as preceptors for paramedic students as needed.  Each shift has three EMS Captains.  Captains are responsible for training newly hired paramedics and are qualified to work as replacements for EMS Battalion Chiefs as needed.  Captains supervise additional paramedics that they may not work with on a daily basis. 

The shift is then led by two EMS Battalion Chiefs and a Division Chief, who serves as the shift commander.  A Battalion Chief of Training is also assigned to support each shift and coordinate training for the shift.

Special Operations Teams

Med-Act maintains several special operations teams that specialize in different types of response.  Many field providers join a special operations team in addition to their regular field assignment.  Click here for more information on Special Operations at Med-Act.

Work Groups

Med-Act uses a collaborative leadership structure to incorporate field input on a variety of management issues.  Field personnel are encouraged to participate in any of these venues.  Field input is an essential part of Med-Act’s approach, helping to assure that our actions are coordinated and grounded.

Med-Act Council

The role of the Med-Act Council is to participate in the decision-making process regarding the department's growth and activities, in concert with the mission and values of the department. The Council assumes an active role in decisions pertaining to operations, projects, essential development concerns, and the financial implications.  The Med-Act Council is comprised of elected representatives from different working units within Med-Act.

The council coordinates the work of four standing working groups: Systems Planning Group, Safety and Wellness, Clinical Standards and Practices and Information Systems.

System Planning Group

The System Planning Group (SPG) is a working committee under the Med-Act Council. It is comprised of seven to ten field providers. It allows paramedics to have input on how the EMS system works.  Issues the SPG may make recommendations on range from where ambulances are placed to what tools personnel will use for communications. 

Safety and Wellness

The role of EMS personnel can be physically and emotionally demanding. In the course of carrying out their daily EMS responsibilities, employees may be pushed to their physical and emotional limits. At such times, a risk for injury or stress on the employee exists.  The SW group has the responsibility to advise the department on safe practices for both our providers and our patients.  This includes wellness programs offered by the department.

Clinical Standards and Practices

The Clinical Standards and Practices group (CSP) evaluates new equipment, medications, medical procedures, or anything that involves direct patient care. When new equipment or procedures are to be implemented, the CS&P group works closely with management and education to purchase equipment and train the department. This ensures that all levels are represented when new items are put in place, or other items are removed.

CSP also has standing subcommittees that are devoted to ambulance and PAR unit design.  These subcommittees write and approve the specifications for vehicles to be ordered by the department.

Information Systems Group

Med-Act uses a variety of information technologies to capture and analyze information, including ruggedized laptops for electronic medical records, tablets for administrative and research tasks and computerized inventory systems.  The Information Systems Group (ISG) consists of field providers acting as a user’s group to assure functionality.  ISG evaluates both software and hardware, testing new technologies to assure field readiness.

Current Employment Opportunities

Visit our Human Resources page to determine whether an opening currently exists:

http://www.jocogov.org/dept/human-resources/career-opportunities/career-information

 

Frequent Questions

1. What information will I need to complete an application?

The application should contain the following information and forms:

  • College transcripts from paramedic program
  • Certification and/or Registry number(s) and expiration date(s)

2. What happens after my application is on file?

All the information provided by you is officially verified. This verification includes, but is not limited to, confirming your prior work and education history, reviewing your driving history, and conducting a complete criminal background check.

3. What type of testing is required during the hiring process?

A complete description of testing (pre and post offer) can be found here: Employment Testing Process.

4. What should I wear when I come to participate in the pre-employment hiring process?

Professional dress is appropriate for the interview. Business casual is appropriate for the patient care scenario.

5. If I am made a job offer, what will be my starting salary?

The Chief of the department or designee will make you a job offer and inform you of your starting salary. This will be contingent upon your prior education and work history.

6. Is my starting salary negotiable?

The Chief does have some latitude on the starting salary.

7. Do you offer relocation (i.e. moving expenses) assistance?

Relocation expenses may be reimbursed for people who have to move their residence to the KC metro area.

8. Are there any special conditions to my employment?

Once you are made a job offer and you accepted, it is contingent upon successful completion of post-job offer requirements.

9. What are the post job offer requirements?

A complete description of testing (pre and post offer) can be found here: Employment Testing Process. In addition, paramedics must obtain Kansas Licensure by a mutual agreed upon date.

10. What should I wear when I come to participate in the post-offer process?

You should wear business casual clothing for the Psychological assessment and work out clothing for the other components of the post-offer process.

11. When will the post-offer process be scheduled and how long will it take?

The post-offer process is scheduled almost immediately following your acceptance of the job. It will take you several hours to complete the Psychological assessment and several hours to complete the other components of the post-employment process. When possible, everything is scheduled to be completed on the same day.

General Employment Information

Current Salary Ranges – The Paramedics position is reflected as Grade 16 on the Med-Act pay table. Overtime is paid after working 40 hours in a week.

Schedule:

  • Technical Levels
    24 hour shifts: 1 day on, 1 day off, for 3 working shifts; then 4 days off; 7 shifts are 12 hour Kelly day shifts per year and are spaced evenly throughout the year.
  • Supervisory Levels
    Operations Battalion Chiefs-same as 24 hour shift schedule
    Shift Commanders and other Chief Officers work a traditional 40 hour per week schedule.

Benefits

  1. Vacation: 6.5 days/year for 24 hour personnel, beginning after 6 months of employment, higher vacation rates apply after 5 and 10 years of service.
  2. Sick Leave: 6.5days/year for 24 hour personnel.
  3. Paid Holidays: All personnel receive 9 official holidays and 2-3 additional floating holidays. Holidays worked are compensated at double time. For field operations, holidays not worked are compensated with 12 hours per holiday leave time.
  4. Uniforms: Provided by the department initially and annual replacement allowance thereafter.
  5. Life Insurance
  6. Retirement: For uniformed personnel, Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System and for non-uniformed personnel Kansas Public Employees Retirement System with additional contributions to 457 Plan matched by County up to 3.0%.

For a detailed explanation of the comprehensive benefits package offered by Johnson County, refer to this brochure.

Training

The department provides all recertification hours required by the State and National Registry. Other certifications (ACLS, PHTLS, PALS) also provided.

 

Med-Act Application Process

Med-Act administers 1-3 paramedic hiring processes per year.

Visit our Human Resources page to determine whether an opening currently exists:

http://www.jocogov.org/dept/human-resources/career-opportunities/career-information 

If a position is currently available:

Applications must be filled out and submitted electronically. Copy of transcripts from paramedic program must be attached.

To apply for a position, you must create an online account and complete a Resume/CV Profile.

If a position is not currently available:

If you are interested in finding a specific type of job or a position at a certain location, you can save the search criteria to create a Job Search Agent. This Job Search Agent will do the searching for you based on the information you provide. It runs daily and will e-mail you any positions that have been posted that meet your search criteria.

  1. Login to your account or create an account if needed.
  2. Enter the information for which you would like the Agent to search. For example, if you are looking for a paramedic position type ‘paramedic’ in the keywords box. Then click ‘Search’.
  3. The results of your search will be displayed.
  4. At the bottom of the screen click the ‘Save Search as an Agent’ link.
  5. Enter a name and acknowledge that you are requesting to receive e-mail notifications from the system. Select ‘Save Search as Job Agent’ at the bottom of the screen.
  6. To view, edit, or delete the Search Agent select ‘Job Search Agents’ in your Career Center or click ‘My Job Search Agents’ on the main Job Search page.

E-mail: Send an e-mail to medact@jocoems.org if you have any questions.

Telephone: You can also call our office at the number if you have any questions.

Qualifications for Employment

Requirements for Eligibility and Employment

To ensure quality applicants are hired and retained by Med-Act, applicants and current staff must meet and maintain the following requirements:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • possess a good work ethic
  • provide evidence of high school diploma, or equivalent
  • provide evidence of current paramedic certification
  • provide evidence of a valid driver's license and a safe driving record
  • have no psychological or physical impairments that would prevent completion of essential duties listed in job description

 

Testing Process

The pre-employment evaluation consists of the following:

  1. Clinical Interview –The Clinical Interview will allow the candidate the opportunity to share their knowledge about one of many possible patient presentations. You will be given enough information to discuss development of possible differential diagnoses based on presentation, further information will be provided that allows you to discuss potential assessments and/or assessment tools, and finally the candidate will verbally outline their treatment plans for the particular etiology. All components of the Clinical Interview are based on National Standard EMT-Paramedic Curriculum. The discussion points, assessments and treatments in this Clinical Interview are NOT protocol based, but instead have been referenced directly from Paramedic Education text.
     
  2. Patient Care Scenario - Candidates will be evaluated in their ability to manage an EMS call. The scenario is designed to evaluate your assessment, diagnostic, and communication skills. It is crucial this scenario be run like a true call and limit a "testing" like feel. It may include opportunities to demonstrate the following skills:
    • patient interaction
    • patient assessment
    • formulating complete care plan
    • drug administration
    • dynamic ECG interpretation
    • directing other team members
       
  3. Panel Interview - Candidates will spend approximately 30-45 minutes answering general questions about prior education, work history, work ethic, and attitudes about EMS.

Offers

The Chief or designee will make employment offers to those candidates successful in the assessment process.

Post-Offer Testing

Successful completion of post-offer testing is required.

  1. Psychological assessment
  2. Drug screening
  3. Physical Ability Assessment-designed to ensure paramedics have the physical ability necessary to perform essential physical functions of the job. Candidates will have an opportunity to meet with Med-Act Assessment Reviewers prior to the adminsitration of the assessment to learn the course layout and practice the job tasks. Assessment includes but not limited to:
    • Obtain and carry equipment
    • Walk up and down stairs with the equipment
    • Unassisted patient drag (approx 165 pound mannequin move approx 10 feet)
    • Compression and CPR Simulation
    • Lift and carry patient on spine board up and down stairs
    • Cot utilization
    • Loading of the cot
    • Timed C-Spine stabilization simulation

 

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