A Day in the Life of a NEMT Driver

A day in the life of a NEMT driver


What Does a NEMT Driver Do?

As you know NEMT drivers transport clients who can’t drive themselves, don’t have access to a vehicle, or can’t travel alone to and from their healthcare appointments. They should have a valid, state-issued driver’s license, be able to operate a wheelchair lift, and be able to lift 50 pounds or more, in some cases. Sometimes, a driver will only need to transport the passenger from their home to the healthcare facility without any physical assistance, while other times they might need to go into the home and help the client get to the vehicle. In any case, a driver should always remain patient and be as friendly as possible. 

NEMT Driver Qualifications

Being a NEMT driver is much different than being a taxi driver or an Uber driver. As a NEMT driver, your service can range anywhere from being a total hands-off experience to one that requires physically helping a patient into the vehicle, securing them, and walking them into their appointment. It’s important that drivers are trained in HIPAA, CPR, first aid, and anything else that could help them be better at their job. They need to know how to properly load and unload patients, and understand how to respond if an emergency situation arises. If you’re able to meet all these qualifications, you’ll make an exceptional NEMT driver. The following are a few more areas of expertise you should focus on if you want to become a NEMT driver. 

Passenger Safety

Safety of passenger

NEMT drivers should handle every situation with the utmost care. If a driver doesn’t prioritize safety, a number of problems could occur, including but not limited to vehicle accidents, dropping passengers, improperly securing passengers, improper transfer to a wheelchair or stretcher, among other things. NEMT drivers should put their passengers’ safety first in all instances and should understand how to react in any emergency or unforeseen issue that arises. 

Customer Service 

Drivers might not be standing behind a counter selling a product, but they definitely need excellent customer service skills to succeed. Drivers should be friendly, personable, relatable, and strive to provide the best service possible every single day. If this isn’t your area of expertise, becoming a NEMT driver probably isn’t the right career path for you. 

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Emmy Kolbe
Emmy Kolbe

Emmy Kolbe is a copywriter at RouteGenie, where she spends her days writing about non-emergency medical transportation software. She creates content for both emerging and existing transportation companies. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from St. Bonaventure University.  The author assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this site. The information contained in this site is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.