Occupational and Gendered Differences Between Firefighter/Paramedics and Emergency Room Nurses
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Emotional Labor is the active management of emotion derived from a specific social expectation. Paramedics, Firefighters, and emergency room Registered Nurses are a few examples of our high-stress medical service workers who are required, as part of their job function, to actively manage their emotions while on the job. Firefighters and Paramedics are the nations primary first responders who respond to various fire and emergency medical aid requests within unstable environments. Registered Nurses work within stable environments working with the sick and injured in a non-emergency setting for long-term care with exception to an emergency nurse. Emergency nurses work within emergency departments providing immediate, life sustaining care to the sick and injured brought to them from the field by firefighters and paramedics. I have selected three medical service professionals (paramedic, firefighter, and emergency nurse) who work within the same field of emergency medicine. I will continue my research in this field by examining the duties and tasks of these professionals to determine if and how the job requirements are gendered.