Student perceptions in relation to Paramedic Educator (PEd) roles

Matthew Lane
April 2014

This article examines student paramedics' perspectives of the Paramedic Educator (PEd) role, focusing on specific mentoring qualities that impact upon their learning. Furthermore, it aims to identify ‘mentoring’ issues specific to the paramedic profession. The study used semi-structured interviews with university paramedic students. The key attributes of a ‘mentor’ as identified in the nursing and healthcare literature were found to be relevant to the paramedic profession. Participants identified current challenges in practice specific to the paramedic profession. Questions are raised regarding the extent to which the culture of mentorship within ambulance services is sufficiently established to support students and PEds; the status quo poses significant challenges for students wishing to join the profession.

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