EMRs and EMTs Encouraged To Participate in Collaborative Survey Process to Reflect Daily Practices
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians today announced the 2022 EMS Basic Life Support (BLS) Practice Analysis is underway. A random sample of more than 18,000 Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) will begin receiving invitations to participate in the survey that helps determine the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in the successful performance of their day-to-day work.
“This is an important opportunity for EMRs and EMTs to provide feedback on their daily jobs that forms the foundation of the National Registry examination,” said Bill Seifarth, chief executive officer and executive director of the National Registry. “Responding to the BLS Practice Analysis ensures you have a voice in the examination process, by providing information about what your job looks like – the setting, the knowledge and skills needed and input on what actual current practice looks like.”
Initial surveys were sent to EMRs and EMTs on Wednesday, September 7 from the National Registry. Respondents will review job tasks created by an expert panel from a variety of prehospital settings and geographic regions. They will provide feedback on the frequency and importance of each job task in their role as an EMR or EMT. That feedback will directly impact the creation of the test blueprint. The test blueprint informs the National Registry how many questions to include on the exam for each topic area.
Prior to the survey tool, additional data was collected through job observations and interviews to assist the panel’s development of the job tasks.
“Your voice in this process is vital,” said Nadine LeBarron McBride, PhD, practice analysis manager for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. “EMRs and EMTs can and will make a difference by participating in this survey to ensure our examinations reflect daily practice.”
The EMS BLS Practice Analysis is conducted every five years. The National Registry conducted the most recent ALS Practice Analysis in 2019.
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