Excellance recently chatted with Page Glass who is the 2016 Ms. Tennessee and EMT for Moorecare Ambulance Service. Page discusses how she became an EMT, her road to Ms. United States and much more in our new interview. Read on.
PAGE GLASS: I am 28 years old. I was born and raised in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. After graduating high school, I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Care Administration. I’m passionate about emergency medicine and pageantry, so I am certainly excited to see these two worlds collide.
You are the 2016 Ms. Tennessee United States. Tell us about that, how you came to be in the pageant, and how it felt to take home the crown?
PAGE GLASS: I have competed in pageantry for several years, and I have always wanted to obtain a state title with the opportunity to compete for a national title. It was a remarkable feeling to accomplish this goal, because I had several individuals with negative connotations about me competing, considering I was already a mother with a very busy agenda. Being a titleholder is a job on its own, because I have responsibilities invoking preparation for nationals and an agenda involving various charitable events. I was prepared for this lifestyle and I enjoy every busy second of it.
On the Ms. Tennessee United States Fanpage, you recently posted a photo of you sitting in one of the ambulances from the Moorecare Ambulance Service that talked about your work as an EMT. Can you tell us the story behind that?
PAGE GLASS: I was in a convenience store in my hometown while on duty and in uniform at the ambulance service and one of the cashiers (who shall remain anonymous) approached me and asked, “Are you Page Glass?”
I answered yes, and she followed up with, “Aren’t you Ms. Tennessee?” When I answered yes to that, she said, “So you actually work? I didn’t think models actually worked for a living.”
I tried not to allow it to bother me, but my work ethic is one of my qualities I am most proud of, so I wanted to bring light to the pageantry stereotype that title holders do in fact “work.” Most of my time is spent planning weeks in advance on how I am going to fit everything in to my schedule without missing out on anything. I enjoy being busy and utilizing every spare moment I have on something productive. I am actually ironing and answering these questions at the same time.
How did you get into Emergency Medicine and what are some of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your chosen career field?
PAGE GLASS: I don’t have an intriguing story about how I got into emergency medicine. No one else in my family is involved in emergency medicine. However, I got into emergency medicine almost ten years ago. I was pursuing a career path in nursing with plans of working as a Flight Nurse. I needed the AEMT credential to help me pay my way through college and to assist me with the required patient care experience upon graduation with my nursing degree. I was technically planning ahead.
Obviously the most rewarding part of EMS is to know you’ve saved someone’s life and to see that smile on their face knowing you’ve comforted them during their time of need. It’s always nice to get a random “thank you” from someone’s family member while walking through a store. To know I am only one person in the community but have impacted so many people during their time of need is fulfilling to me.
One of the most challenging things for me was working for the emergency service in my hometown and knowing the patients I was transporting on a personal basis. Being on the scene involving family members always challenges me to maintain professionalism, but it has certainly gotten easier over the years to understand that we give the same high quality patient care to anyone who receives care in the ambulance. Another challenge for me is to know we did all we could and we still weren’t able to “save their life.” Those moments are still hard to understand but I lean on a much higher understanding for those moments.
What are some of the biggest misconceptions people have about you as Ms. Tennessee–outside of what was in your Facebook post where someone couldn’t believe you actually worked?
PAGE GLASS: Some of the biggest misconceptions would involve being a dedicated mother to my son. I’ve had individuals say it’s impossible to be a dedicated mother and a state titleholder. My director, Summer Wilson, was also a mother and a titleholder so she has been very understanding and has even given me opportunities to attend events that welcome my son as well! It has definitely allowed my family and I to make priceless memories.
What do you like to do in your spare time when not being Ms. Tennessee or an EMT?
PAGE GLASS: I don’t currently have a lot of spare time. However, currently I’m spending a lot of time exercising in preparation for Ms. United States. I am a mother before anything–so I enjoy doing things with my son, boyfriend, and two dogs. Even if it’s just writing on the driveway with sidewalk chalk and running through a sprinkler with my two year old, Sawyer. Pageant titleholders are humans. I also enjoy hiking, riding and training horses, cleaning, and reading to my son.
What advice do you have for people who want to be an EMT and how do you think it has changed you as a person?
PAGE GLASS: Being an EMT is certainly not for everyone. I can honestly say that ten years in EMS has taken a dramatic toll on my body physically. Lifting patients and caring for sick people in their time of need is not for the faint of heart. However, knowing you were a part of saving someone’s life makes it all worth it. Everyone has those moments where they are so thankful they were there to see someone pull through a life-threatening moment. EMS is a very fulfilling career, because it allows you to understand how fragile life is and to appreciate the fact that someone trusts you with their life. Working in EMS has changed me for the better because no matter what I accomplish in life, I still remain the grounded humble person I was raised to be. EMS has taught me so much about life and working with different types of people over the years has matured me so much. No matter what I accomplish in life, I will always be thankful for my career in EMS and how it has allowed me to remain humble during the victorious moments and to remain steadfast in the moments of defeat.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else you would like to add?
PAGE GLASS: The Ms. United States pageant is being held July 30-August 4th at the Palms Casino Resort and Hotel in Las Vegas, and I would truly appreciate everyone’s support. Follow my journey to Ms. United States on my Facebook page.
Also, I would like to give special thanks to all of the troops for their bravery. I truly am proud to be an American because of people like you who understand what it’s like to protect people you don’t know! To my fellow members of Emergency Medicine, I know your job involves a lot of “underpaid and overworked” moments but remember, you are there to save people’s lives and they need you! Thank you for what you do!
I am currently seeking sponsors to help fund my journey to Ms. United States–if anyone is interested, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a tax-deductible receipt!