A paramedic supervisor supervises a team of paramedics to provide emergency care to people in need and generally works on a team to respond to such calls.
The supervisor will carry out general paramedic duties, such as administering CPR and oxygen, controlling bleeding, and maintaining steady vitals. Record-keeping skills are also needed in order to adequately document patient ailments and the type of care administered. Strong communication skills are important to communicate both within the team and with outside parties, as the paramedic will transfer the patient to a physician when deemed necessary.
Paramedic supervisor will work to ensure that the team is following correct procedures according to company policy and all relevant laws and regulations. Periodically, the supervisor will be in charge of carrying out employee evaluations and making suggestions for improvements, and will also make sure that paramedics receive continuous training, including training for updated procedures to correct common mistakes. Therefore, it is also important for the supervisor to stay up-to-date in changes in the health field.
Public speaking skills may be beneficial, as paramedic supervisors may be directly responsible for administering training. When incidents are encountered on the team, the supervisor will need to investigate what went wrong and provide disciplinary action as necessary. Because this is a leadership position, many years of experience as a paramedic may be required. Paramedic supervisors must have all paramedic licensing up-to-date, as well.
Paramedic Supervisor Tasks
Maintain departmental day-to-day emergency services, monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
Ensure adherence to departmental policies and procedures.
Supervise staff and give clinical direction.
Assist in hiring, training and reviewing performance of staff.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.