The following posts are provided to further your knowledge of the respiratory therapy profession.
One of the fun things about being a respiratory therapist is that this "profession" is still in the beginning stages. All of us RTs who are in the profession now have an opportunity to shape the profession, and determine the role of RTs in the future.
Did you have any doubts of being a RT while you were in college for it?
Did you have any doubts of being a RT while you were in college for it? Yes I did have reservations about being an RT. In fact, other than doing breathing treatments, I didn't even know what the job entailed. While I did go to some career days and talk to RTs, I didn't have access to much information. Thankfully at least you have access to the Internet, so you should at least have an idea of what you will be doing as an RT, and what you will be getting into (at least to a certain extent).
Our goals are to make learning respiratory therapy less painful and less confusing. We also want to have fun, do exceptional work, treat people right, have a positive impact on the respiratory community, give back, and keep learning.
This blog contains a combination of satire, irreverent humor, facts and serious writings for a combination of audiences which include, but are not limited to, respiratory therapists, nurses, doctors, asthmatics, chronic lungers, parents and relatives of the above mentioned.Please note that while all posts on this blog are based on real incidences, names and places may be exaggerated so this blogger does not violate confidentiality of individuals and the workplace. Facetious posts are labeled as humor. This blog is meant to be educational in a fun way.
Back in 2011 I started to wonder why there wasn’t a single, comprehensive website for respiratory therapists on the web. Why did we, as therapists, have to do search after search to find information on decent, free CRCE offerings online or details about local seminars offering CRCE credits? Everything seemed to be word-of-mouth between therapists on the job. I started asking my RT friends about the things that mattered most to them as therapists, and as students in the past. After a lot of hard work and time at the computer, I created respiratoryLearning.com: built FOR respiratory therapists BY a respiratory therapist!
Thinking about a career in health care? You should consider becoming a respiratory therapist. RTs work side-by-side with doctors, nurses, and other professionals helping patients in diverse settings.
To promote quality respiratory therapy education through accreditation services.
The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
Respiratory therapists need at least an associate’s degree, although both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are common. Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska; requirements vary by state.
In addition to entry level skills, advanced level therapists participate in clinical decision-making and patient education, the development and implementation of protocols and treatment plans, health promotion, disease prevention and disease management. Although they practice under the supervision of a physician, they and are required to exercise considerable independent judgment in providing respiratory therapy to patients.
Adults seeking a medical or health profession may want to become a respiratory therapy technician who helps to treat patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders.