"The best part of my time here at EMS World Expo has been meeting all of the different people. There’s people from all over the world. Just seeing different people and talking to them about how they do EMS in their countries has been very interesting."
Name: Babette Bailey, BSN, RN, CCRN, Director of Patient Care Services for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital; President of Florida Neonatal Pediatric Transport Network Association (FNPTNA)
Q: Is this your first EMS World?
A: Yes, ma’am.
Q: Tell me a little bit about what you do while on the job.
A: For my portion of the job, I am the director of the team. So, I work on all types of financials and make sure that the team is safe and getting the supplies and equipment and things like that that they need.
Q: This if your first EMS, how has it been so far?
A: This is my first EMS World Expo and so far, I’m loving it. It’s great.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about the community of paramedics and EMS?
A: EMS is a very tight-knit group. Everyone considers themselves family. Everybody works together and it’s just a really great group of people to work with.
Q: So, you’re a Paramedic?
A: I’m a nurse on a critical care team.
Q: Can you talk about what happens in a given day?
A: In our world, we’re a specialty team for neonatal and pediatric transport. We do all inner-facility transports throughout the state of Florida. Sometimes we go outside the state of Florida if we need to, and we bring children and neonates to a hospital that has a higher specialty care for them.
Q: As someone who transports, what are some of the other parts that are involved? Can you talk about some of the families whom you’ve transported?
A: Definitely in this job you have to be compassionate and understand what these families are going through. Especially for our neonates, the moms have just had the babies and now you’re taking that baby to another hospital where the moms are not going to be able to see the baby for anywhere from 2 to 3 days, depending on how long the mom needs to be in the hospital. So just for that separation that they’re going through, visiting the mom and being able to talk to her and let her understand that we’re going to take great care of her baby and get them over to the other hospital safely. Sometimes we will take the father or grandparent with us, because we are separating that child from its family.
Q: What would you say is your favorite part of being a paramedic?
A: The best part of being a nurse on a transport team is that it’s a completely different lifestyle than normal nursing in a hospital. You’re in an ambulance or an aircraft and that’s where you care for your patient. It’s a very short period of time that we’re caring for that patient, but we definitely make a difference in their lives.
Q: That’s an interesting point—how it’s just a brief moment with these patients, yet you make such an important impact.
A: The timeliness of their transport is very vital. You have a child who is critically ill, and a matter of 15 minutes could be a matter of life and death. The time that you get there and the time that you get back truly makes a difference in their care and recovery.
Q: How would you say that this compares to other events you’ve been to?
A: This is a lot bigger than some of the other events that I’ve been to. The pediatric part that you guys have is pretty involved and has a lot of parts to it, as opposed to some of the other ones that I’ve been to that haven’t been so pediatric-specific.
Q: Give me one of your favorite parts about your time at Expo so far.
A: The best part of my time here at EMS World Expo has been meeting all of the different people. There’s people from all over the world. We’ve talked to people from Mexico, we’ve talked to people from India, everywhere. Just seeing different people and talking to them about how they do EMS in their countries has been very interesting. And then just networking—being able to meet different people from all different areas. Talking to people from California with specialty teams like we have and seeing how they do things differently and the configurations of their teams.