Jennifer Berry

Jennifer Berry is a product owner at Fisdap and lives and works in sunny San Diego. Before joining Fisdap, Jennifer worked as an editor at Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) for seven years. At the 2012 EMS Expo, Jennifer decided to go ahead and get her EMT certification. (Trials and tribulations documented here.) While she has yet to save someone's life, she takes pride in being prepared were the situation to ever arise.

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Posts by Jennifer Berry

2015 AHA Guidelines Updates Implemented in EMS ReferenceBy Jennifer Berry

December 2, 2015

The American Heart Association released its 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR & ECC in October. The update is largely based on the topics addressed by the 2015 ILCOR evidence review, which means many clinical topics remain unchanged from 2010 and some changes are merely clarifications of existing guidelines.

The EMS Reference strives to be clinically relevant at all times; therefore, we have updated the Cardiac Arrest Management for ALS Providers and Cardiac Arrest Management Top 10 articles to reflect current AHA Guidelines. EMS students are encouraged to look to the National Registry of EMTs website to determine which guidelines will be used during the cognitive and psychomotor exam.


Infographic: The Path to TransitionBy Jennifer Berry

April 30, 2015

Fisdap Transition CourseThe requirements to transition to the National Education Standards can seem intimidating: requirements for didactic learning and skills training vary by state, and there are a myriad of training options to choose from. (Wondering if the Fisdap Transition Course is approved in your state? Take a look at this map.)

To expose the simple steps at the core of this process, we've laid out the path to maintaining your NREMT certification through transition in this infographic. Check it out!

For more specific details, such as how transition differs from a recertification and how to receive CE credit for the Fisdap Transition Course, check out our post on the "Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Transition."


Trends in EMS Research from NAEMSPBy Jennifer Berry

April 22, 2015

This article was co-authored by Todd M. Cage, n instructor of emergency medicine and a practicing paramedic.

When we embarked on the EMS Reference, we agreed we wanted to cite all facts that were citable. We knew there was a dearth of research in EMS and emergency medicine, and we wanted to simultaneously highlight the papers that made it to print and the areas that were lacking.

We have found out what we already knew: It’s not easy citing studies that haven’t been done. In other words, there’s a big need for research in EMS.

The deadline for the Prehospital Care Research Forum abstracts recently passed, and the participants of Fisdap’s Research Summit are patiently awaiting news on the fates of their abstracts. As we wait to find out which ones were chosen, we’d like to remember some of the most interesting research that came from the January National Association of EMS Physicians conference.


How to Complete Your EMT Recertification RequirementsBy Jennifer Berry

April 2, 2015

EMT recert reminderI just completed the requirements for my National Registry and state/county EMT cards. This is my first time recertifying, and it was overwhelming at first. Here are a few tips to help improve your experience.

First, take a close look at all the requirements and check with your agency’s training officer. Chances are, if you work with an agency, you’ve already done most of your continuing education and skills. It’s a good idea to obtain copies of your files and keep them in one place that’s easily accessible in case of an audit.

Providers who don’t work with an agency that provides continuing education and skills may need to fulfill the requirements on their own.

If this is your case, determine whether your licensing agency (state or county EMS office) requires you maintain your National Registry card for recertification. The National Registry Reciprocity Map is a great place to start, but always also check with your licensing agency. States can be broken down into the following three categories.


Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Transition to the National Education StandardsBy Jennifer Berry

March 10, 2014

Fisdap Transition courseThe March 31st recertification deadline is fast approaching! Read the answers to the most commonly-asked questions and consider transitioning today.

1. I am an Intermediate 85 (I-85), and I need to transition. Will taking the Fisdap I-85 to AEMT online transition course do that for me?

Yes, but not completely. While the Fisdap I-85 to AEMT transition course does meet the minimum requirements to transition, you will still have to take the psychomotor and cognitive exams through the National Registry. You must contact them to schedule these exams. Also, your state may have additional requirements to complete the transition, so you will want to contact your state EMS office as well.

You can find the contact information for your state's EMS office here.

(In other words, the I-85 to AEMT transition is different from EMT-B to EMT and EMT-P to Paramedic because I-85 providers must take a transition course AND test at the AEMT level with the National Registry.)


Train Like You Will Fight: 5 Reasons Why Scenario-based Testing is Better for EMS StudentsBy Jennifer Berry

December 17, 2013

“Train like you will fight” was one of the mantras I heard while attending my first Fisdap testing workshop earlier this month. It’s a good mantra because, honestly, how can you fight in real life if you have to adjust to an unfamiliar and unexpected situation before you put up your dukes?

You make copies of skill sheets, set up test stations, gather TAs and have the students run through each skill by rote. Sound familiar?

Could you be doing it all wrong? Think about it. If you break down each skill that is used within the theatre of EMS, how can you expect your students to put them together for the first time on a stressful, less-than-perfect scene? If you teach them to ventilate manikins on a table, when most their patients are lying on the ground, you’re literally training them to fight standing up.