2017-07-20 / Front Page

Of her job as an EMT, Kayla Teasley says, ‘It just clicked ... that’s what I want to do’

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Advanced EMT Kayla Teasley says her job is a calling which she decided on while still in high school. Advanced EMT Kayla Teasley says her job is a calling which she decided on while still in high school. “It makes you feel human,” Kayla Teasley said. “You know, when you’re going into someone’s home, and no one picks up the house before you arrive, they’re vulnerable, and you see them at their worst.”

After working nearly two years as an Emergency Medical Technician, Teasley wholeheartedly emphasized, “I really enjoy being an EMT and working for Wilkes County because it means I can help my entire community.”

While the 20-year-old Teasley, an Advanced EMT, works as a full-time employee with Wilkes County EMS, she began her pursuit straight out of high school, attending Athens Technical College and starting classes shortly after her graduation.

“It was at the end of my senior year of high school when a few paramedics from Elbert County came to my school and talked about what it’s like to be in EMS,” she said. “There’s no logical way to explain it – it just clicked, kind of like a calling – and I was like, ‘that’s it, that’s what I want to do.’”

Teasley even had a different career path and college in mind before she graduated, but in that very instant, her life’s pursuit had changed. “I can honestly say, for the most part, that since I started my career in EMS I have not regretted it for a second, even though it may have seemed like a hasty decision at the time,” she said.

Having recently made Wilkes County her permanent home, Teasley’s decision to live and work here began when she was only a student. Green to the field of emergency services, the Wilkes County EMS family readily included her so that she could get introduced to not only the ins and outs of the practice, but that she could also get to know the community.

“I came to Blake [Thompson, Wilkes County EMA director] before I started my clinicals in school since this was all brand new to me and I wasn’t sure what to do, so he had me fill out the paperwork to do ride alongs,” Teasley explained. “I rode along every opportunity I had, and the reason I chose to work with ­Wilkes County is because no other EMS showed me the same welcoming.”

“I ran up on her in Tignall on a first responder call, and I liked her technique and what she was doing as a first responder, so I told her to call me when she got her license,” Director Blake Thompson said. “She’s dedicated, gung-ho, and a great asset to Wilkes County EMS – she’s a good employee, and we hope that she’ll be a good employee for a long time here.

“She’s dedicated, and still runs first responder calls on her days off, which is a big plus for me and the community,” Thompson included.

Giving great consideration to the fact that many people never find their “true calling,” Teasley considers herself fortunate to have done so at such a young age.

Not only is Teasley fulfilling her dream of serving others, but she is also filling the current and pressing need for EMTs, paramedics, and emergency responders across the nation.

Given that great dedication, attentiveness, and quick-thinking can make or break an emergency situation, Teasley understands the importance of constantly honing in her skills.

“From my time in EMT school, working on my clinicals, and actually being out and working in EMS, I can say that the biggest draw is that it’s different,” Teasley said. “It’s really challenging at times – there’s so much knowledge that comes with emergency medicine, and it makes it difficult to become complacent, because every single day I learn something new.

“I plan on going to medic school as soon as I can,” Teasley said. “I intend on furthering my career in EMS, whether 20 years from now I become an instructor or whatever the case may be, the plan is to stay in this field.”

Above all, Teasley expressed that empathy, understanding, and simply having a heart for people is the basis for practice.

“I really enjoy what I do,” Teasley reiterated. “The most important thing to realize is that patients are people too, so I always try to treat someone as if they were my own relative and I always try to observe how others treat patients. We realize that you have to be professional, but you’re still dealing with people, so you have to be compassionate and treat them like you would your own mother or grandmother.”

While Teasley considers Wilkes County her new home, she originally hails from Elbert County, and is the daughter of Melissa and the late Tommy Teasley.

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