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Rural Nevada EMS Conference

Summary 
  • 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 2018 conference.

Description

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.

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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 isolated communities.

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The 2018 conference was sponsored by:

Services offered

Registration costs $180, which includes meals and CEUs. Individual scholarships for the conference are available through the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

2018 EMS conference poster

Sessions at the 2018 conference included:

  • Identification and Treatment of Opioid Overdose
  • Disaster and Wilderness Medicine for EMS
  • Burn Injury
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Bandaging
  • How to Build Foundation Skill Sets for EMS Instructors
  • Intro to Mental Health Needs in the Field

Participants can earn up to 24 CEUs for attending the conference. Qualifying participants can earn up to 15 nursing education credits.

Results

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 2018 conference.

Challenges

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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 a concern.

Participants who work weekends might not be able to attend the whole conference.

Replication

  • Form an EMS Conference Committee from all factions of EMS
  • Secure reliable and consistent funding sources

Contact Information

Keith Clark, Director of Rural Programs
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
775.738.3828
kclark@med.unr.edu

Topics
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
Health workforce education and training

States served
Nevada

Date added
September 27, 2016

Date updated or reviewed
September 26, 2018

Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub, 2018. Rural Nevada EMS Conference [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/project-examples/927 [Accessed 19 October 2020]


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