The NDEMSA board of directors unanimously voted at a special meeting held July 30 to cancel the 45th Annual ND EMS Conference, October 2-4th 2020. The North Dakota EMS Association is in communication with the Division of Emergency Medical Systems regarding the Instructor Coordinator Refresher and will keep you informed on a future date later this fall or early winter.
The regional directors will be holding meetings to plan the best way to still hold those conferences or additional education opportunities. The office will be working on refunding everyone the conference registration in the next few days (give up to 2 weeks for checks). Please don't hesitate to contact Corrie with any questions or educational ideas you may have.
We can not wait for the day we can safely have conferences and network again. Until then stay safe and stay informed by visiting www.ndemsa.org. Mark April 8-10 on your calendars for the 2021 EMS Annual Conference.
Dr. Remle Crowe and Dr. Tony Fernandez have completed the literature review of published EMS clinical performance measures. The systematic review returned 317 performance measures which was reduced to 168 measures after removing duplicates.
The Delphi Process has now begun. Delphi Process is a fancy way of describing a survey process looking to find consensus. People that raised their hand to be sent this survey included EMTs, AEMTs, Paramedics, Medical Directors, and other stakeholders.
Why not send the survey to every provider and medical director in North Dakota? I asked that same question. Dr. Crowe assured me this was a more realistic way to go and that everyone will have a chance to provide feedback. After seeing the first survey that took people between 30-90 minutes to complete, I agree with her. The same participants will be needed for at least two more rounds after this.
After the Delphi Process is finished, the North Dakota state repository data for 2019 and all measures that received 70% if respondents Strongly Agreeing/Agreeing will be brought to the subject matter experts. The group will decide on which 5 measures Rural EMS Counts is going to focus on and we will put out that decision for public comment. If you have questions about the process or have ideas about what your service would like, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
As always, thanks for all you do!
Rural EMS Counts
Meet the Subject Matter Experts
Amanda Melby is a Nationally Registered Paramedic who has been in EMS for the past 19 years. Her love of EMS began at the age of 16 as she started taking an EMT course and working with the Tioga Ambulance Service. She gained her A.A.S. in Paramedicine from Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, MN and began working for Metro Area Ambulance Service in Bismarck/Mandan in 2006. In 2016 Amanda also became the co-manager of the ambulance service in Garrison, ND. She still proudly serves both the communities of Bismarck/Mandan and Garrison-Max.
During her career Amanda has served in a variety of roles including mentorship programs, leadership roles, QA/QI leader and education. She has been a flight medic for Bismarck Air Medical, and worked for Sanford EMS education.
Amanda serves on the EMSC Committee, is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and has helped her community of Garrison become a Cardiac Ready Community in the state of ND.
I have been a Nationally Registered Paramedic for 19 years and am licensed in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado with previous experience in California and New Jersey. I have a bachelor’s degree in Management, a Master’s of Science in Computer Information Security, and am seeking a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. I am a Fellow of the American College of Paramedic Executives.
For more than 25 years, I’ve succeeded as a visionary public policy strategist in resource-constrained settings. As a scholar-practitioner, my focus has primarily been on improving health care system design through effective public policy, governance, performance, and engagement by applying innovative approaches to both knowledge discovery and management. This has informed my work as a consultant for the federal government, several state governments, and many local EMS agencies across the country.
As a former EMS Chief, I maintain a paramedic practice as a full-time, street corner posting, night shift, and tactical and special operations team paramedic. This experience allows me to keep current with issues facing paramedicine, our communities, patients, and the EMS industry with valuable boots on the ground perspective that can be lacking elsewhere.
This work also provides me the opportunity to proudly serve my chosen profession in voluntary capacities. In addition to serving on the NEMSMA Board of Directors for the past few years, I also support the American Paramedic Association as its President and the National Association of EMS Physician’s Colorado Chapter Board of Directors as the professional member representative. I also serve as a peer reviewer for several academic journals and formerly as a member of the National EMS Advisory Council.
For the past two and half years, Kelli N. Sears has served the role of Program Director for Paramedic Technology at Bismarck State College.
Kelli has been in Emergency Medical Services since 2003. Since that time Kelli has worked in several different areas included ground service, air medical, education, and state government. In 2018 Kelli completed her Master of Science in Emergency Medical Services from Creighton University. Through her experience, Kelli has gained a broad prospective of the Emergency Medical System in North Dakota.
In addition to her primary role as Program Director, Kelli also serves as a paramedic program site visitor for the Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Profession, is a test representative for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, and serves on the Education Committee with the North Dakota Division of Emergency Medical Systems.
Kelli lives in Bismarck, North Dakota with her husband Brian, and her daughter Norah. She enjoys spending time at the lake with family and watching her daughter swim competitively.