Local EMT and Program Director Recognized for 20 Years of Service

Rhett Nelson, a paramedic and program director for Emergency Medical Technology at Coahoma Community College, was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 20 consecutive years of National EMS Certification. This distinction is an honor held by few EMS professionals.

Local EMT and Program Director Recognized for 20 Years of Service

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Wed Nov 7, 2018

 

Rhett Nelson, a paramedic and program director for Emergency Medical Technology at Coahoma Community College, was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 20 consecutive years of National EMS Certification. This distinction is an honor held by few EMS professionals.

Nelson feels privileged to be able to touch the lives of so many and looks forward toward the future, as he prepares the next generation of first responders.

“It is an honor to have been recognized and to be able to have a job I can wake up every morning and try to make a difference in somebody’s life. That is pretty special,” said Nelson. “We tell our students all the time to be a student of your profession in this business. That means committing yourself to lifelong learning. No two patients are all alike, and you have to treat every patient as they were a member of your family.”  

To maintain his status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Nelson completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for EMS professionals in America.

By maintaining his National EMS Certification and completing regular continuing education courses, Nelson has demonstrated his commitment to providing exceptional prehospital emergency medical care.

Beverly Overton, dean of the Division of Health Sciences, is proud of Nelson’s accomplishment and glad to have such experienced professionals among her ranks.

“This is great recognition for Mr. Rhett Nelson who has worked consistently in the EMS field.  He started the Paramedic program at Coahoma Community College in response to the needs of the ambulance services in 2012,” said Overton.

According to Overton, professionals from CCC’s Division of Health Sciences touch our communities in various ways.

“Mr. Nelson and faculty have provided first responder training for the Clarksdale Fire department and participated in training activities for Coahoma County Sheriff department and the Clarksdale Police department. Besides graduating excellent paramedics and EMT’s, the paramedic/EMT program is a recertification center for area paramedics and EMTs. Mr. Nelson and our faculty have made a positive difference in EMS training in the delta,” added Overton.

Nelson was nationally registered at the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) level in 1993, the EMT-Intermediate level in 1994, and the Paramedic level in 1997. He has been serving the citizens of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee since then.  Prior to his appointment as program director for the EMT Department at Coahoma Community College, Nelson worked as a flight paramedic and field instructor for Hospital Wing of Memphis, TN. He also chaired the Clinical Standards Committee for Hospital Wing.

According to Nelson, the Emergency Medical Technology program plans to rev up its efforts to ensure student success and community enrichment in the near future.

“I started as an EMT instructor here, and I was tasked/asked by the then dean, if I wanted to start a paramedic program. I actually started the paramedic program here in around 2012,” said Nelson. “Basically, my long-term goals is the sustainability of the paramedic and EMT programs.”

“Also, we want to incorporate critical care classes and boost our outreach education opportunities. We plan on conducting activities like inviting the community to or going out and teaching in the community CPR classes. Those awareness levels classes can save lives. These types of classes can be very beneficial to the community. Our department wants to play a pivotal role in partnering with the fire and police departments in our areas, making the public aware of things they can do,” added Nelson.

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the National EMS Certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process for assessing the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.