Paramedic student thrived on exchange in Plymouth
Emilie had a steep learning curve both academically and linguistically during her Erasmus+ Traineeship in England and plans to work abroad after completing her paramedicine degree back home at the University of Stavanger.
Plymouth is a student city with a lot of energy, history and sights.
“I experienced the population as very welcoming, open, and outgoing. It was easy to get to know and talk to the English.”
“During my stay, I visited the pub, went on a weekend trip to Cardiff and London, visited the aquarium and the Mayflower Museum and the Barbican harbour area.”
“It was very social the days I was with HART (Hazardous Area Response Team). I got to know them well through skills training, breaks and assignments. My traineeship was a fantastic professional, linguistic and self-developed experience which I would recommend to anyone else. You get a good professional and cultural experience where you can build networks and make acquaintances across national borders. It is also an opportunity to develop oneself and gain a different perspective on the emergency medicine subject. One can see moments a little from the outside and see the advantages and disadvantages of how the services work and are built up. It is also an opportunity to experience a new place and learn about new culture.”
A good insight
“If you choose to work abroad, there are jobs that do not exist in Norway in which I also had a few days of practice. It was very exciting and educational. It is also possible to take on more responsibility and opportunities leading to increased independence and higher delegation. You can, for example, print prescriptions for patients and make certain decisions without conferring with doctors.”
The biggest difference between being a paramedic in England was the language, the approach to the assignments and the cultural differences. Here I learned that it is important to be polite even in acute situations. There are also more people living in Plymouth and the surrounding area, which means a higher pressure on the service.”
“This means that the local population would rather call 999 to get through the telephone queue faster, even though it is not necessarily an emergency situation. Thus, we experienced that there was a lower threshold for 'calling for an ambulance', as the help is the same no matter what number they call. Norway can learn and see that paramedics can be used in several areas in the health care system and that there is a possibility that one can become more independent without, for example, having to consult a doctor. It can remove a certain amount of work for the doctors and help to compensate for the lack of nurses.”