(12) The Manager Life with Billie Sell

Best EMS Life podcast with special guest Billie Sell EMT-P

Episode 12 with special guest, Billie Sell 

Billie has been in EMS for 21 years. She has held the position of EMT, fire fighter, paramedic,  FTO, flight paramedic,  supervisor, and now Clinical Manager. “Making paramedicine a career has been the most amazing thing”. 

Showing others that this career isn’t a stepping stone is a passion of hers. Billie leads by example and truly cares about the people she leads. “I want to inspire other paramedics, especially women, that career advancement is possible,  and it’s pretty amazing!”

 

Twitter: Billie Sell

Linkedin: Billie Sell

Mentioned in this episode:

She Thinks Like A Boss book https://shethinkslikeaboss.com/

Strengths Finder 2.0 (recently rebranded to Clifton Strengths) https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/252137/home.aspx

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*Disclaimer* The opinions and views expressed in this podcast (and all social channels) are mine and not that of my employer. Creative liberty taken to protect the identity of patients and other people in stories/examples unless otherwise stated.

(11) The Art of Life with Kate Bergen

The Art of Life with Kate Bergen

Episode 11 With Kate Bergen

Kate Bergen is a paramedic and self taught artist from NJ. She has been in EMS for 18 years and to date, COVID was the most significant experience of her career. Kate has always prided herself on her own mental resolve to get through hard times. She never had difficulty not “taking work home” with her, the way some of her colleagues had. This pandemic hit in a way Kate was not prepared for and despite her training Kate found herself feeling increased anxiety and helplessness as the pandemic wore on. 

 

As a way to cope with mounting stress Kate began painting this series, Modern Day Rosies.  It is a series inspired by the Rosie the Riveters of the 1940s and a call to action for the American people. It was created in the hopes of boosting morale and bringing her local community together. Every Rosie featured in this piece is a woman Kate either knows personally or was recommended by someone she knows. 

 

Kate has been featured in many news articles, podcasts, on ABC’s Pandemic: What You Need To Know, the cover of Real Woman Magazine and the National EMS Museum as well as the Atlanta History Center. She is grateful for all of the support from her friends, family and community. This series was a very much needed therapy for Kate as much as it was appreciated by the hard working women out there. This series is about bringing recognition and thanks to all the hard working women out there on the frontlines in our communities. 

 

Presently, Kate is working on a coffee table book, Modern Day Rosies: The Women Behind The Masks,  in which the works from this series as well as a few unpublished pieces will be crafted together telling each of their stories as well as her own. Be on the lookout for it this fall!

 

 Kate can be reached at

www.facebook.com/katetheriveter

 www.etsy.com/shop/katetheriveter

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(10) The Resilient Life With Alex Jabr

Best EMS Life Podcast with special guest Alex Jabr!

Episode 10 parts 3 & 4

Join in on a great convo with my fist guest, Alex Jabr. 

I’m breaking down the interview into FOUR parts! You can watch, the entire, unedited video on my YouTube Channel by clicking HERE!

We discuss many different topics and I hope that you will enjoy listening in.

Bio: Alexandra Jabr, M.S., EMT-P, began her EMS career in 2003 and has been teaching since 2008. Alexandra holds a master’s degree in Mental Health with an emphasis on death, grief, and bereavement. She is completing her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology, conducting research on the use of ketamine for firefighters with PTSD. She is the creator of Emergency Resilience, an education platform dedicated to helping first responders build resilience in unpredictable work environments by integrating marginal topics into routine training.

Alexandra Jabr, M.S., EMT-P

Resilience Educator

emergencyresilience.com

Email: hello@emergencyresilience.com

IG: @emergencyresilience

Twitter: @emergresilience

FB: Emergency Resilience

TikTok: @emergencyresilience

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(09) The Resilient Life with Alex Jabr, parts 1 &2

Best EMS Life Podcast with special guest Alex Jabr!

Episode 9  

Join in on a great convo with my fist guest, Alex Jabr. 

I’m breaking down the interview into FOUR parts! You can watch, the entire, unedited video on my YouTube Channel by clicking HERE!

We discuss many different topics and I hope that you will enjoy listening in.

Bio: Alexandra Jabr, M.S., EMT-P, began her EMS career in 2003 and has been teaching since 2008. Alexandra holds a master’s degree in Mental Health with an emphasis on death, grief, and bereavement. She is completing her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology, conducting research on the use of ketamine for firefighters with PTSD. She is the creator of Emergency Resilience, an education platform dedicated to helping first responders build resilience in unpredictable work environments by integrating marginal topics into routine training.

Alexandra Jabr, M.S., EMT-P

Resilience Educator

emergencyresilience.com

Email: hello@emergencyresilience.com

IG: @emergencyresilience

Twitter: @emergresilience

FB: Emergency Resilience

TikTok: @emergencyresilience

If you are a Women in EMS, we’d love for you to join us in our private, Women only Facebook Group. Head to www.allemswomen.com/fbgroup to get the deets.

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PS. Save the date for the second annual All EMS Women Retreat! Thursday October 12-15th 2023 in Spooner, Wisconsin.

*Disclaimer* The opinions and views expressed in this podcast (and all social channels) are mine and not that of my employer. Creative liberty taken to protect the identity of patients and other people in stories/examples unless otherwise stated.

Episode 08

Episode 8, Napping

Episode 08  

Naps…not just for babies.

Join me today as we talk about naps! 

PS. I did make an error in the podcast and I was not able to catch it before it was published. I said that the average amount of time it takes for sleep inertia to wear off is 2-5 min, I should have said 2-15min. Sorry.

Resources:

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-hygiene/napping

https://www.sleep.com/sleep-health/power-nap

 https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/emres/longhourstraining/clock.html

Matthew Walker is known as the sleep diplomat. I’m a big fan of his. He has a podcast, book, and tons of stuff on social media and youtube. Give him a follow.

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PS. Save the date for the second annual All EMS Women Retreat! Thursday October 12-15th 2023 in Spooner, Wisconsin.

*Disclaimer* The opinions and views expressed in this podcast (and all social channels) are mine and not that of my employer. Creative liberty taken to protect the identity of patients and other people in stories/examples unless otherwise stated.

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Episode 07

Episode 7 of Best EMS Life Podcast

Episode 7 Physical & Mental Rest

Join host Valerie Bestland as she discusses five techniques/strategies to improve your rest game!

Check out the bonus episode on NSDR. Download it and listen to it often when your mind and body and need a rest.

If you are a Women in EMS, we’d love for you to join us in our private, Women only Facebook Group. Head to www.allemswomen.com/fbgroup to get the deets.

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PS. Save the date for the second annual All EMS Women Retreat! Thursday October 12-15th 2023 in Spooner, Wisconsin.

*Disclaimer* The opinions and views expressed in this podcast (and all social channels) are mine and not that of my employer. Creative liberty taken to protect the identity of patients and other people in stories/examples unless otherwise stated.

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Episode 06

Episode 6 Resting Mindset

Resting Mindset

Are you feeling well rested?

Tune in today to learn how to adjust your mindset so you can get more rest!  I also share two strategies to help you get more rest today!

If you are a Women in EMS, we’d love for you to join us in our private, Women only Facebook Group. Head to www.allemswomen.com/fbgroup to get the deets.

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PS. Save the date for the second annual All EMS Women Retreat! Thursday October 12-15th 2023 in Spooner, Wisconsin.

*Disclaimer* The opinions and views expressed in this podcast (and all social channels) are mine and not that of my employer. Creative liberty taken to protect the identity of patients and other people in stories/examples unless otherwise stated.

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Bonus Episode: NSDR Guided Meditation

Bonus Episode!

Bonus Episode: NSDR Guided Meditation 

This episode is a keeper! Make sure you save it, so that you can revisit it often.

 

NSDR, or Non Sleep Deep Rest is a great tool for those of us in EMS. Sometimes life happens and we don’t get the sleep we need pre-shift. 

 

Pop in your ear buds, set a timer (incase you fall asleep!), and enjoy this guided meditation.

If you are a Women in EMS, we’d love for you to join us in our private, Women only Facebook Group. Head to www.allemswomen.com/fbgroup to get the deets.

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PS. Save the date for the second annual All EMS Women Retreat! Thursday October 12-15th 2023 in Spooner, Wisconsin.

*Disclaimer* The opinions and views expressed in this podcast (and all social channels) are mine and not that of my employer. Creative liberty taken to protect the identity of patients and other people in stories/examples unless otherwise stated.

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Episode 04

Best EMS Life Podcast Episode 4 artwork

Episode 4: Exceptional Care

*Disclaimer* The opinions and views expressed in this podcast (and all social channels) are mine and not that of my employer. Creative liberty taken to protect the identity of patients and other people in stories/examples unless otherwise stated. No financial gains to disclose.

If you are a Women in EMS, we’d love for you to join us in our private, Women only Facebook Group. Head to www.allemswomen.com/fbgroup to get the deets.

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PS. Save the date for the second annual All EMS Women Retreat! Thursday October 12-15th 2023 in Spooner, Wisconsin.

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Episode 05

Best EMS Life Podcast Epi 5. On Duty ECS

In Today’s Episode we are talking ECS (Exceptional Care Strategies) while on Duty. 

Things that are EASY to do, are easy NOT to DO.

Read that again.

 

Yes, these suggestions are easy, but are you doing them?? You don’t need to go ham on all your ECS…just start with one. Do the one thing everyday, and when that becomes automatic, add another. 

 

Mentioned in today’s episode:

Your brain on games:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7828932/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zyNcov087U

https://www.superbetter.com/

 

Podcast suggestions:

https://unfuckyourbrain.com/podcasts/

 

https://drleaf.com/pages/podcasts

 

Book Recommendations

 

https://www.morethanabody.org/

 

https://www.burnoutbook.net/

 

Crew Care report request

https://www.imagetrend.com/news/categories/crewcare/

If you are a Women in EMS, we’d love for you to join us in our private, Women only Facebook Group. Head to www.allemswomen.com/fbgroup to get the deets.

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PS. Save the date for the second annual All EMS Women Retreat! Thursday October 12-15th 2023 in Spooner, Wisconsin.

*Disclaimer* The opinions and views expressed in this podcast (and all social channels) are mine and not that of my employer. Creative liberty taken to protect the identity of patients and other people in stories/examples unless otherwise stated.

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Episode 02

Best EMS Life Podcast Episode 2.

Best EMS Life Podcast Episode 2

Self Care 2.0 is diving deeper into the meaning of self care, what it isn’t and changing our mindset about it.

The opinions I express on this podcast are mine and not that of my employer.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday October 12th-15th 2023 Spooner WI for the second annual All EMS Women Retreat. It will be EPIC!

If you are a Women in EMS, we’d love for you to join us in our private, Women only Facebook Group. Head to www.allemswomen.com/fbgroup to get the deets.

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Podcast 03

Best EMS Life Podcast Episode 3

Episode 3 

The EMS Culture of Self Sacrifice

In todays episode, we take a look into the culture of self sacrifice. 

It’s easy to get caught up overworking in EMS. Demand is at an all time high, and most companies are running short on staff. There is pressure to fill open shifts with overtime and even double time pay.

But all that sacrifice comes at a price. And, we are the ones who pay it.

For most of us, the solution is not quiting, we do love the job, but it’s time we start looking at why we do this to ourselves and how to fix it.

If you are a Women in EMS, we’d love for you to join us in our private, Women only Facebook Group. Head to www.allemswomen.com/fbgroup to get the deets.

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PS. Save the date for the second annual All EMS Women Retreat! Thursday October 12-15th 2023 in Spooner, Wisconsin.

*Disclaimer* The opinions and views expressed in this podcast (and all social channels) are mine and not that of my employer. Creative liberty taken to protect the identity of patients and other people in stories/examples unless otherwise stated.

Episode 01. Introduction

Listen now to Best EMS Life Podcast

In this short, first episode I tell you a bit about the purpose of this podcast and myself. Stay tuned for more episodes in the coming weeks!

If you are a Women in EMS, we’d love for you to join us in our private, Women only Facebook Group. Head to www.allemswomen.com/fbgroup to get the deets.

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Cinco de Mayo

Margarita
Cinco de Mayo
 
I have spent many years using this day as an EXCUSE to OVERinduldge.
 
Now, since paving my path to permanent weight loss I approach this day as an EXCEPTION in my eating protocol which has been well planned out ahead of time.
 
As a weight loss coach, one of the fundamentals I teach is something called Pre-Frontal Planning.
 
This means we use our Pre-Frontal Cortex to plan what we will eat and drink ahead of time. NOT in the moment with our Primitive Brain.
 
Why does this matter?
 
Most of us live our life by making decisions from our Primitive Brain: I want it NOW. Instant satisfaction. MORE, MORE, MORE. It’s like the devil on your shoulder whispering in your ear…”you totally deserve that drink today. You worked hard. Go ahead, have it.” Living from and making decisions from the Primitive Brain feels good in the moment. Unfortunately, it can’t predict how you will feel LATER.
 
It can’t foresee that pleasure from OVEReating now will result in weight gain LATER.
 
Pre-Frontal Planning is using the part of our brain that can predict the future consequences of decisions. If…then… If I drink now, then I will feel terrible later.
 
If I OVEReat I will see an increase on the scale.
 
When we plan our food and drink ahead of time, we do so with our future in mind.
 
We can make decisions based on our LONG term goals, which will feel amazing.

 

  • I have decided that I will have two Margaritas today.
  • I have decided that I will have homemade chips, salsa and guacamole today.
  • I have decided that I will eat baked Mexican chicken casserole today.
  • I will stop eating when I feel just satisfied. Not full.
  • I will not overeat.
 
I also make this exception knowing that I might now see the scale go down this week.
 
I’m ok with that. This is the EXCEPTION not my daily RULE.
One last thing….don’t think for a SECOND that this is EASY.
 
Our Primitive Brains are what evolved the humans.
 
It will not sit quietly while I eat chips and salsa and wash it down with a drink.
 
I’m ok now sitting with that feeling of wanting more and not having it.
 
This takes a ton of practice and failure.
 
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
 
xo. Val

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