Madison Bulard

Madison Bulard

Paramedic


St. Charles County Ambulance District

Wentzville, MO USA


The biggest appeal to me was the family aspect of [the paramedics]. Just hearing them talk about it and how proud they were of it, I was definitely like, ‘This is something I want to be a part of.’

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Madison Bulard

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I knew from the time I was in high school that I wanted to go into the medical field but I knew that four or more years of college was not for me.
During my senior year of high school, I took a class that let me shadow professionals in and out of hospital settings—after visiting an ambulance base, I knew that was the right fit for me.
I went through St. Charles County Ambulance District’s EMT program, which breaks down to six months in medic school, six months at community college, and another year in medic school.
I earned my medic license and have a couple more classes to complete at community college before earning my associates degree.
There’s no shortage of healthcare jobs, so I was able to easily find an opportunity after earning my medic license.
I currently work two ambulance jobs in order to round out my industry experience—I respond to 911 calls in my main role and then do hospital transfers part-time in my second role.

Education

High School
Vocational
EMT & Medic Program
St. Charles County Ambulance District

Career

Paramedic

I respond to 911 calls and also transfer patients to and from hospitals.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Government
Helping People

Day to Day

I have two jobs. The first is a 911 shift. I go into work at 6am to start my 24-hour shift. I get a run-down from the shift before me. Then we'll go through the truck to make sure everything is stocked. We check other equipment like our radios and iPad, which we use for dispatch. After that, we do chores and hang out at the station until we get our first 911 call. My second job is a transfers shift. I transfer patients from hospital to hospital or hospital to home after being discharged.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Find people who work in the industry you're interested in and ask them about their work. Better yet—see if you can shadow them for a day or a few hours to learn what their day-to-day work is like. I decided I wanted to to become a paramedic after visiting an ambulance station and speaking to the medics about their jobs.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm expected to go to a four-year college after high school, so I have to do that."