IUOE LOCAL 727 Representing
Nova Scotia Paramedics Union
Nova Scotia’s highly skilled Paramedics provide advanced levels of care for you and your loved ones in the event of a medical emergency. The discipline of Paramedicine has drastically evolved over the past few decades and is progressing rapidly based on new pre-hospital research.
Paramedic education is rigorous, academic, and very competitive, incorporating numerous didactic, clinical and ambulance practicum hours. Upon graduation from a recognized college, a paramedic begins their career as a Primary Care Paramedic. With additional intensive education and training, a Primary Care Paramedic can then transition into the Advanced Care and Critical Care classifications. Each classification carries their own varying scope of practice and responsibilities.
During the progression of Paramedicine in Nova Scotia, designations and scope of practice have been developed and revised significantly to meet the demands of the care we are able to provide to our rural and urban populations. One such designation, Intermediate Care Paramedics, were developed and incorporated into the discipline during the early years of Paramedicine. Although training programs for this classification are no longer offered you may meet one of these paramedics throughout the province providing addition care in times of need.
Additionally, our vast team of paramedics also has evolved to include a number of Flight Critical Care Nurses. These members are nurses who bring a unique skill set and background, allowing the LifeFlight team to provide additional advanced care to our most critically ill patients.
At the core of all paramedic roles is compassion, dedication and integrity towards patients and their families. Paramedics are an effective team of professionals working at the centre of Nova Scotia’s Emergency Health Care model.