Susan E Furness, Jennifer Lehmann, Fiona Gardner
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 8, Iss. 12, 07 Dec 2016, pp 589 - 595

This article discusses the role that storytelling plays in understanding both
the personal and professional self from the perspective of a paramedic. The
practice of paramedicine provides individuals with a strong platform upon
which storytelling can be built, with narration of work-related stories presenting
opportunities for reflection on the interplay between organisational culture and
self-identity. Using elements of narrative inquiry, autoethnography and critical
reflection, a paramedic story is deconstructed and examined from a number of
perspectives. From this narrative exploration, three distinct themes emerged
and are subsequently discussed: assumptions and preconceptions, fears and
insecurities, and distancing and control. The findings illustrate the benefits
of exploring paramedic stories in order to recognise, transform or eliminate
unhelpful assumptions relating to paramedic practice, and discover unexplored
aspects of the self through analysis of story.

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