Welcome to the Blackbelt Medic. This is the web home of Nathaniel Bland: Former Firefighter, Paramedic, EMS Educator, 2nd Degree Blackbelt, and student.
Based on the 2015 International Consensus Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC), Health Care Provider CPR, Fifth Edition is ideal for use within courses designed to certify health care providers in CPR and AED. More than a stand-alone class, this class is the center of emergency cardiovascular care and will prepare students to operate as a professional CPR responder.
This class includes:
Length: 4-5 hours
Welcome to The Blackbelt Medic! I am Nathaniel Bland. I am a full time paramedic, part time teacher, and full time learner. This is a multi purpose website for The Blackbelt Medic ECSI Education Center and for my personal website and blog.
I have been in EMS since I was 19 years old. I began with a local volunteer fire department and fell in love with Emergency Medicine. I lived, at that time, in rural Northern California in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I did everything from Wildland fire to structual and rescue operations. My love has always been medicine. There's something special about the human body and how it works. When things go wrong, it's incredibly fulfilling to be able to help. I now work as a full time Paramedic Captain in a busy, high-acuity, metro 911 system.
I began teaching when I was 20 as an AHA BLS instructor. Since that time, I have achieve my California and New Mexico EMS instructor credentials and am an Instructor Coordinator with the University of New Mexico teaching everything from community First-Aid and CPR to ACLS, PALS, and upto the paramedic level. I achieved my Batchelors of Science in Emergency Medicine from UNM in 2017. I have a passion for teaching people how to help others and I especially enjoy teaching laypeople how to properly use CPR, AED's, and First-Aid to intervene in crutial moments in peoples life.
Interested in taking a class? Use the links to check out what I have to offer you! You can always Contact Me with any questions you have!
Being young in EMS is an interesting thing. You go through Paramedic school being called a “para-pup” or other such things and then, when you actually pass and get to the field, you are usually a young person to begin with coupled with no experience thinking and working at that level. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s how it works in everything: you start with no experience and gain some.
It’s talked about, looked down on by others, whispered about, and spoken about with distain by even senior EMT partners who talk about not letting some young para-god run their truck. TO be fair, I understand this attitude. Paramedic school has a way of sending you out thinking that you know a LOT and that you’re ready. You have the knowledge. You have the skills. You have the drugs. You’ve run hundreds of scenarios…thousands of test questions. You’ve got this on lockdown. Sure, inside you may be nervous as heck because you have never been the ONE in charge, but you still think you’ve got this. It’s a fine line of balance between egotism and self-confidence. With some this is egotism as a “para-god” when YOU know it ALL. You don’t. Some swing the other way and have fear that you’ll mess up. You probably won’t in the way you’re thinking of. The middle ground is self-confidence.
But we’re still young paramedics. As B.J. Honeycutt once said, “It’s ok, you’ll grow out of it.” Being a young paramedic is an opportunity to learn in ways you didn’t know you could. Internship is great and we soak in the information as much as we can while under our preceptors wing. However, you can’t take their years of experience and own that for yourself. You must get your own. Through that, you will learn yourself some valuable lessons.