Marsha Mercer

Marsha Mercer

States strive to reverse shortage of paramedics, EMTs

By: - February 6, 2023

Low wages, a lack of work-life balance and burnout are among factors driving emergency medical services personnel around the country to quit ambulance duty. Last year, the turnover rate for full-time emergency medical technicians, known as EMTs, was 36% and for full-time paramedics, it was 27%, according to an American Ambulance Association survey. The turnover […]

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Slavery is on the ballot in Louisiana and 4 other states

By: - August 23, 2022

The following story is from Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. More than 150 years after it was officially outlawed in the United States, slavery will be on the ballot in five states in November, as a new abolitionist movement seeks to reshape prison labor. Voters in Alabama, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont […]