Rural Nevada EMS Conference
- Need: To provide rural Nevada EMS personnel an opportunity to receive quality training and current EMS information from national EMS educators.
- Intervention: The Rural Nevada EMS Conference offers continuing education units and engaging sessions for EMS personnel.
- Results: Over 300 participants attended the free 2020 virtual conference.
The average distance between hospitals in Nevada is
approximately 100 miles, and major medical centers are
four hours away for many rural Nevadans. While only 10%
of Nevada's population is rural, this demographic makes
up 31% of the state's traffic fatalities. These
statistics show the need not only for emergency medical
services in Nevada but also for EMS personnel who are
well-trained and committed.
The Rural Nevada EMS Conference helps Nevada's EMS
personnel better serve their rural communities. With
assistance from scholarships and a relatively low
conference fee, EMTs receive quality education and
instruction on best practices from a variety of EMS
experts from across the country.
The conference also provides EMTs the opportunity to
network with fellow rural EMTs from across the state.
While participants appreciate receiving state-approved
continuing education units (CEUs), some of the most
valuable learning comes from the sharing of expertise
among fellow EMS personnel. In addition, this networking
promotes comradery for many individuals who often live in
Registration costs $200, which includes meals and CEUs.
Individual scholarships for the conference are available
through the University of Nevada, Reno School of
Participants can earn up to 24 CEUs for attending the
conference. Qualifying participants can earn up to 15
nursing education credits.
The 2021 virtual conference holds 2-hour classes every
other Thursday from September to February. About 75
people attend each class, including participants from
After the conference, EMS personnel return to their homes
not only with greater knowledge but with a renewed sense
of commitment to their communities and their roles in the
safety and health of Nevadans as well as visitors
traveling its isolated highways.
Over 300 participants attended the free 2020 virtual
EMS workers often don't receive funding support from the
counties they serve to attend the conference. Since the
conference itself is self-funded from registration fees,
vendor fees, and sponsorships, adequate funding is always
Participants who work weekends might not be able to
attend the whole conference.
- Form an EMS Conference Committee from all factions of
- Secure reliable and consistent funding sources
Keith Clark, Director of Rural Programs
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
Health workforce education and training
September 27, 2016
Date updated or reviewed
January 7, 2022
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub,
Rural Nevada EMS Conference [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 6 December 2022]
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