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Things I Hate About Respiratory Care

Published December 18, 2009 9:50 AM by Jimmy Thacker
I'd like to take the time to name the top four things I hate about respiratory therapy.

First, I hate the lack of respect we get. If I recall my ABCs of emergency support, the airway is always first. I cannot count how many times I have had treatments or patient instructions interrupted by nurses or just had to fight to get to "the head" during a code while some other relatively meaningless thing was going on. It's as if we only exist when it is convenient, when there's something that needs to be done that the nurses don't want to do, or when no one else knows what to try next.

Second, I hate evening shifts. Mine are from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. They don't start late enough to really "sleep in," but they are early enough to mess up my morning. They end late enough so that nothing in my sleepy little town is open when I finally get off from work. Plus, I miss all the good football games.

Third, I don't like having credentials the NBRC doesn't recognize. I worked hard to get my AE-C (Certified Asthma Educator). One might think that having a specialty in asthma would be a worthwhile goal for an RT, but apparently it isn't. Now, we are looking at credentials for being a COPD educator. I would imagine the NBRC will think that is unimportant, too.

Last, I hate, no, I loathe, always being stuck in a broom closet at the longest possible distance from the patients. Seems like every hospital I have worked in for almost 30 years has placed RT as far away from our two main areas: the ED and the ICU. Who thinks this is a good idea? Put me where the action is. Or, at least, where it will be when you want me there quickly. Also, what goofball believes we don't have larger equipment than anyone else in the hospital? Give me room for my ventilator, my bilevels, and all my other equipment so I can store it neatly in some logical order.

Readers, what do you hate about respiratory care?

Jim Thacker, BS, CRT, AE-C


I'm getting out of the respiratory care field. I worked for 2 hospitals, and both treated me the same way. The patient load was not safe. I had to take new admits on top of my assignment. I could get behind on my assignment very quickly.

Also the RT's I worked with were horrible. They would go to the cafeteria after getting report. They would sit and eat dinner then start their rounds. Then they were "magically" done with their rounds before me.

They lie to HR personnel too. I myself was placed on administrative leave for supposedly physically stalking, and sexual harassment. My fellow RT coworkers told many lies about me when I was on administrative leave. Needless to say I was terminated.

I sued the company, and I think everyone that was envolved in my firing was terminated as well. HR performed a secondary investigation after I complained about my termination. I more so think I was terminated do to a medical malpractice lawsuit. I did end up dismissing my lawsuit because it's an "At-Will" state. The hospital would have used that against me in court. Did the hospital wrong me? Yes, but it wasn't illegal to do so.

Anyhow after 2 years I'm finally getting over what happened to me. I'm getting my BA degree, and moving on with my life.

That was a very hard profession to work in. I would have dreams of not being able to finish my rounds. I was always stressed out about getting my assignment finished too.

I've spoken with another RT. He said the same stuff has happened to him as far as other RTs making up lies to management. I'm just plain done working in that field.

Priscilla, Respiratory Care - RRT, Banner Health November 4, 2015 2:40 PM
Phoenix AZ

The equipment supply companies are worse than used car sales lots. Everyone lies. I have been unable to get good professional assistance or a proper fit for a CPAP mask and I have been struggling with it for 3 years. I did meet one good RT and of course he quit the company . Probably because he was being treated as bad as I was. From a patient point of view it seems like a pretty smarmy industry. Certainly full of creepy unpleasant types. I feel bad for the RTs that thought they were getting into healthcare because its far from that.

shelley leonard May 19, 2015 12:24 PM

Might be time for a lateral career change. Some RT's are looking into becoming EEG Technicians, the hours are better and there's less hassle. I've seen some inexpensive online courses at proprofs, you don't want to have to take out anymore student loans. Just a thought.

Tired, Health - RT, Hospital November 2, 2014 12:21 PM
New York NY

Sir the fist thing I noticed about you is that you're a CRT. How about trying to finish your RRT before bad mouthing your career? You speak of all these specialty credentials but the main one you haven't achieved is your registry. Do that first then come back and talk to me.

Pierre Buic, Respiratory - RRT August 18, 2014 10:30 AM
Miami FL

i worked in respiratory therpapy for 20 years..cdnt stand it anymore..moved back home to ohio from houston..tried it up here for 3 months and said forget it..it was worse here..i am now a cashier at walmart !!!! laugh if ya want..its been a huge change... i struggle financially..but ya know..i like everyone i work with..i love seeing people in a normal atmosphere..and i dont have my stomache in mymouth everyday when i go to work anymore..if ya dont like being flippin abused..get out !!!! good luck to all of you hard working people...

michele postma88357 April 14, 2014 1:23 AM

I have found that staying in the vicinity of my patients really helps. I am able to respond quicker if something is needed. The nurses appreciate my presence, building a stronger rapport. Another bonus is avoiding negative chitter chatter or behavior in the RT department. Also avoiding extra distractions in the background like, televisions , beepers and phones that are not my own. Of course, when I'm assigned the unit, I stay in the unit. Other positive things I've noticed with the increasing workloads, is that time goes by quicker when you are busy. Especially for a 12 hour shift. Also by charting everything you do with patients on computers, you leave an electronic trail to account for your time (ie; late treatments). These are things that I might hate if I had not found ways to turn something negative into something positive. I'm 52 years old and have been in this field for 28 years. I've  been through a burnout period in my career and now I try ways to reinvent myself or to create a more pleasant work environment .If for nothing else than to survive.

Tim RCP,

Kearney, MO

Timothy, Respiratory Therapy - Respiratory Care practitioner, Liberty Hospital February 23, 2014 9:34 PM
Liberty MO

All I can say about being an RT is NOTHING... I was  an RT for

4 years. I realized that being in a medical field is TAKE IT or LEAVE IT! I don't want to complain about the job anymore  because it's so draining and does nothing for me. It's either stay with it and suck it up! Or leave it! I decided to leave it and move on. So, if you're sick being an RT, do something about it and seek another job, stop complaining! But rather, start living! Good luck!

Maylee withguts January 20, 2014 3:33 AM

Hanging out at in the Hospital Lobby at the Starbucks, not checking on the other Respiratory Therapist, that's is pathetic and lazy.  Selling eggs?  You heard me, selling round eggs, before doing rounds on patients, no pun intended, but there is a connection.  Able to produce tears on cue, to generate sympathy, she has a good heart is what they say, suckers.  I know B.S. when I see it, and I have seen this crap for several years.  

When I pass thru their assigned floors and get yelled at by different Nurses, because Pts. A thru Z didn't get their breathing treatments, because the Therapist Farmer is making her rounds, selling those damn eggs and not giving breathing treatments, it gets old. but nothing changes.  Respiratory is easy, when everyone works together, but at this hospital that's a foreign concept that needs further study before its implemented, that's code for its not going to happen.  They claim that we are rotated to all of the different areas of the hospital, that's a lie.  Don't get me started on that.  Yea, I know that you are still saying to yourself, Eggs?  Are we talking about a Farmers Market or a Hospital, I'm talking about a Hospital.  Crazy People need a place to work, too.    

Boris Bush, Respiratory - RRT, Anywhere Hospital December 25, 2013 9:50 PM
San Antonio TX

Its the chronically, pathologically lazy Respiratory Therapist that I don't get.  How does someone that has no interest in well being of  other human beings, be it a Patient of a fellow RT get or even keep a job in respiratory therapy?  How do these crazy people manage to be in charge?  Wait a minute, how does someone that's been in Respiratory Therapy since it was called Inhalation Therapy get and keep a job, just to go and hide at the Starbucks, while the other therapist are busting their butts or hang out up in the RT department, claiming that they are busy.  Team work to them is like playing singles tennis, or Golf, a team of one.  How they do it?  They make it their number one goal to get close to the Boss, feed them their war stories, make that crucial connection, complain about how busy they were in the ER, or where ever they worked the day before, it don't have to be true, it almost never is, it just has to sound good.  

Don't feed me this crap that we work in all of the areas, that we rotate the assignments, yea right.  You say you got some Swamp land to sell me in Arizona?  I play the Lottery, with these lazy people in mind, If I ever win, I will put in a two week notice, because its the proper and decent thing to do, so that the Hospital will have time to hire someone else to fill the Position, hopefully with someone that's passionate about Respiratory and helping Patients get better.

I don't like being lumped in with the Lazy Respiratory Therapist or being yelled at for not doing a treatment that was done, because the Nursed have come to think that the treatments aren't getting done, because most Rts where I work are worthless, warm bodies.  

Wally Johns, Respiratory - RRT, Anywhere Hospital December 23, 2013 8:22 PM
San Antonio TX

Also, your response to the first reply on here is ridiculous and childish. You claim that this is a "funny" blog, and that you are "generally" speaking. If you would take note of the simple fact that you only use "I" throughout the whole blog you would realize how immature you make yourself sound. It is people exactly like you that pulls this profession down, and gives it a bad reputation.  

John October 12, 2013 7:16 PM

Jimmy Thacker - you complain in just about every blog you post. Quit crying like a little girl all the time. Are you a man or not? If you don't like your profession then by all means leave! You make the profession look bad with all your whining and complaining.

John October 12, 2013 7:08 PM

I am about to graduate from RT school next month, and I am thinking "WHAT did I do?" I hate the hospital, it is a sweatshop, and I can't keep up or stay organized under that pressure. I owe $26,000 in loans and I don't know what I'm going to do. The politics and gossip is the worst I've seen, pay is not that great, any advice? HELP!

Flea, RT - Student July 16, 2013 3:55 PM
Southern OR

I hate Liz Jolley

sphrt , rt - rt, sph April 3, 2013 11:29 AM
vancouver bc


Matthew, Respiratory Therapy - Respiratory Therapist, John Doe December 8, 2012 5:25 AM
Anytown PA


marie condez, crt hospital setting - crt September 26, 2012 9:26 PM
Miami FL

how about the abusive pt loads (25-30pts), gives you a license to kill not heal since you are asked to omit. This seems to be the norm  in the south land, fsrc avoids the subject when approached at conventions and supervisors since they only dish it out do not care

fulano detal, crtt July 25, 2012 7:20 PM
miami FL

It's easier said than done...we don't have shifts open if someone wants to transfer and some times  an RT has spent much of their day running the entire shift day after day.  At least it's that way here. Getting that break in the broom closet is well deserved. And from what I have seen and experienced in almost 30 years - RTs are respectful - and no matter what they do it is not reciprocated.  You (the above) must work in a dream situation....if you work in Texas...it's more than likely not so.  Staffing is a huge issue

Jana Wade, Respiratory - RRT, Hospital February 29, 2012 7:29 PM
Houston TX

What I hate about Respiratory are some of the Respiratory Therapist.  If you work in a Respiratory Department where all of the Respiratory Therapist are all very dedicated and hard working and Professional, don't come to the Hospital where i'm currently working.  I work with some of the Most Professional, intelligent, dedicated and caring People in the Respiratory Profession, but I also work with some of the craziest, apathetic, lazy, mean sprited, disrespectful Respiratory Therapist that ever came slithering into any Medical Center.  Just getting Report is a hassel, for example, If the person that I"m getting report from says something to me about a Pediatric Patient with a deformity, someone makes a joke about the shape of the babies Head, then they all laugh, this is normal for them, this continues, until the Baby is discharged.  Then there is the terminal Adult Patient, thats discribed as circuling the Drain.  This is the Norm in this Facility, but, behind closed doors, in the Respiratory Therapy Department.  

I wonder if they got into the Profession because they wanted to make a difference in someones life or for the Money, I think that its for the Money, because some of these People don't seem to care about anyone.

What happened to the real Respiratory Therapist that really Care about their fellow man?

Wilbur, Respiratory - Respiratory, Medical Center December 27, 2011 5:29 PM
San Antonio TX

I am glad I found your blog because now I don't have to start my own.  I left my last job RT job in August 2011.  It was only a prn position but I was working full time.  The hospital that I worked at had a disgruntled staff that spent more time bullying one another and looking for mistakes to get their coworkers in trouble than providing patient care.  The physicians routinely acted out and the pulmonary director would sieze every oportunity to demoralize the RT staff.  I think that odd, given that he is a pulmonary doctor and would prefer socializing with nurses than pumping up the RT's.  While they lacked compassion and any sense of loyalty themselves (I was refrequently told that I was too kind to the patients and spoiled them...uh, that's the way I want to be treated!) they were in fact good therapists that made good decisions.  Then we had the crazed MD's in the ER that would litterally scream at the staff.  So, one day I came home and said no more for me.  I called my manager and told her I would not come back.  I made a list of the things that I liked about RT.  The money is pretty good here, and I like taking care of patients and the autonomy but the bullyiing from MD's, nurses, coworkers, being stretch from the floor to the nursery to the ER....it's not worth it.  My list of cons was way much longer.  I will be looking at other avenues of employment.  Hats off to those that can manage in the dysfunctional arena of healthcare.

Paula, Respiratory - CRT, not working in rt October 8, 2011 3:23 PM
Anytown TX

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Kristen Ziegler, ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine - Web Editor September 20, 2011 10:17 AM
King of Prussia PA

If you have been doing Respiratory Therapy for 30 day or thirty years, life as a Respiratory Therapy can be great most days if you hustle at the start of the shift, everyday.  Heres how.  Get to work on time, get your assignent, get report, don't hang around the department talking, get out of the Department, get to your Patients, before the Nurses get out of Report, before Breakfast is thrown in front of the Patient, before Physical Therapy takes your Patient for a walk, get there first!  Prioritize, if you have a difficult, time consuming Patient, save that one for last, give your Med Nebs, first, then MDI, then, your IPPB or IPV's last.  Keep moving, it will make the est of your day better, smoother. Keep notes of Oxygen Saturations, breath sounds, so when one oe the Nurses says that Patient X needs a breathing treatment, you can say that you already gave the treatment, 5 minutes ago.  You may want to ask if this Patient has a History of CHF or fluid overload?  If the Patient has a diuretic ordered?  Be consistent and Professional at all times.  Put yourself in th Patients place, in the Nurses place, in the Doctors place and think about your roll as a Respiratory Therapist, all rolls in the Medical Center are important, its your responsibility to keep up the good name of Respiratory Therapist.  You can and will make a difference everyday, just move faster, stay ahead, belive me, most days, there will alway be enough down time for you to sit and rest, but there will be other days that you will run from start to finish of the shift.  On the surface Respiratory looks easy to others thats just watching us work, don't be offended, really don't sweat the small stuff.  If there is a Respiratory Therapist that always gets away with goofing off, just keep doing your part, on a high level, belive me, People will think highly of you and respect you for the kind of Person that you are.  Never lower your standards that you have for your self and your chosen Profession and in time, the right People will take notice.

God Bless you and continue to make a Difference.

John Doe, Health Care - Respiratory, Medical Center September 19, 2011 10:55 AM
Anytown TX

Respiratory Therapy is an excellent Profession.  Depending on where you work, it can be Heaven or it can be a living Hell.  If you have been in the field for even one year, chances are, you have made a significant difference in someones life.  Health is everything, more than all of the money in the world.  Respiratory Therapist are worth more than they could ever be paid.  Respiratory Therapist are in the middle of every single Code, some Nurses would die if they had a Patient Code on them (Not Icu or Er Nurses, they are in the trenches the entire 12 hours, just like the Respiratory Therapist are).  Respect for Rt's is hit And miss.  If the Nurses are sitting on their butts, it's because they are finished with their work, they not allowed to have 60 or more Patients, like Respiratory Therapist are forced to have.  At some point it many Respiratory Therapist decide if they can't beat em, join them, so they become Registered Nurses.  Respiratory Therapist have my Respect.  It's ok to vent about what what is wrong in the Profession, but it's that way in most Medicsl Centers.  You do make a significant difference in so many Peoples lives, I know you do, remember that and don't let the small stuff get you frustrated and down.  When you hear or read in the News Papers about the Post Office, remember to thank God that you have a job, someone, your Patient or your Patients Family are happy that you chose to be a Respiratory Therapist, youare a true Life Saver!  God Bless you.  One more thing, I know what's lime to be unemployed, not even a penny in my pocket, I will take a heavy assignment over the uncertainly of unemployment, anytime.

John , Health Care - Rsepiratory, Medical Center September 17, 2011 12:12 PM
Anytown TX

The things I hate about Respiratory Therapy are:

1.  The workload.  I am certain the CEO would be in shock to spend a 12 hour shift following a respiratory therapist.  Personally, if somebody takes the job of CEO, I think they should have to.  Would they find it acceptable, that there is no time to actually listen to the concerns of our patients, or to actually access them?  Our workload at the hospital I work is so ridiculous, and every where else I've worked in the field as well.  Every minute of every shift is micromanaging workload to get it all done.  I have to almost run to get it all done, while I visit ICU's on night shift, I say visit, because the hospital I work at schedules us in an ICU and also gives us a floor, ER, or rapid response team, anyway, the nurses are sitting on their buts all night, while I'm running from place to place. I have to take stairs, because the minute and a half waiting for the elevator, must be used to get to another freakin' patient.

2. The pay for what we do is completely ridiculous as well.  Why the hell should we make less than nurses, again, while they sit on their buts, at least half of their shift, and we are lucky to sit for our thirty minute lunch, which is not uninterrupted, in fact, it's almost always interrupted, and when we clock out no lunch, we get a nasty email, saying that has to be approve.  The job sucks.

3. I go in a room, and respectfully greet the nurse, who grunts what I think is a response.  I'm new to a particular area, are they helpful, nice, have a teaching attitude, hell no, they act like bitches.  I say bitches because men nurses, are usually nicer than half of the bitches out there.  (Obviously there are some very wonderful nurses), this is the typical nurse I'm referring too.

4. Yeah, the broom closet,  our departments are always in the basement of the hospital, no windows, farthest away from the patient.  It's completely stupid.

5. Physician free meals.  This really pisses me off, you have doctors who make so much money for doing so little, yet the hospital has a lounge for them with free buffet meals, or gives them free meals in the cafe.  The hospital I work at just sent an email to employees, that prices would increase.  Here's some advice.  Don't give the hospital where you work ANY of your paycheck.  They are screwing you.  

6.The last thing I have is BEING A RESP. THERAPIST.  Yeah, I vented, but I've been one for twenty years, know what I'm doing, and can't do anything else now.  But I would like a job that respects the fact that during a 12 hour shift, it's ok to have 5 minutes of freaking down time.  THE JOB TOTALLY SUCKS.  Actually, I compare it to a sweat shop.  Long hours, no time to sit down, poor uninterrupted breaks, average food provided for a high price, and ever changing inappropriate rules to benefit the sweat shop, not the employee.

Tracy, Respiratory Therapy - RRT June 19, 2011 5:06 PM
St.Louis MO

  First,I'ld like to thank you for speaking out. Afterall,misery lkes

company.I don't know how many times I've wanted to do the

Peter Finch routine in the move "Network",you know,you want to stick your head out of the window and yell "I've had enough

and I'm not going to take anymore".

 Most of the RT's I've been associated with over the years have

come from all walks of life and carry with them a vast amount of

experience outside of respiratory care.On the other hand,there are a lot of cradle to grave nurses and especally doctors who,in some instances, may only be carrying a small bag of tools they learned in school. I never knew what t was like to be part minister,lawyer,security and just a jack of all trades until I became an RT. You're so right. It's kind of like being a cop. One minute you're just like Daddy and the next minute You're the biggest piece of Doo-doo that ever walked the face of the earth.

But,when no one can fiqure out what to do and you're called to do something, you're going to try to do the right thing,even though you know there's always someone waiting to second guess you and put you back in place. Afterall, territories have been carved out,pecking orders have to remain establish, and in some areas of the country,you just can't get to "uppity" no matter how good you are professionaly.

Larry, Respratory Care - RCP, Mercy Medcal Center February 7, 2011 10:00 AM
Merced CA

There are RT managers and there are the leaders. Unfortunately, the are not always the same person. Managers sit in offices or walk around with their noses in the air, holding the department to standards they can only dream of. Leaders are out there doing it alongside every RT on the floors. Settle down, "Jane Doe." Run with the leader, not the manager. You may have a shortened stay at your facility, but it will be much more meaningful.

Jim Thacker, RT - BS, CRT, AE-C February 22, 2010 12:38 PM
Lexington MO

" Don't gripe, and just be thankful you have a job at this point."


" If you so loathe "always being stuck in a broom closet" at work, you may want to try staying out on the floor with your patients.



Jane Doe, RRT February 22, 2010 5:01 AM
New York NY

I agree. It should never happen and it often does. That was some of what led to me resigning my job. Lack of respect has been addressed in a few blogs on Advance. You're not alone!

Jim Thacker, RT - BS, CRT, AE-C February 19, 2010 6:14 PM
Lexington MO

Sorry I can't give any other details other than my first name, but I have to be careful. I completely agree with all of your points, but I think the one I agree with the most is the lack of respect.From MDs and RNS alike,I have been disrespected in ways at work that I would never allow anyplace else.And what hurts the most is,at least in my case,management will not back us up in any way.It leads to resentment and poor patient care,and it shouldn't happen.

mike February 3, 2010 12:59 AM

Hey, Jim.  Didn't mean to ruffle any feathers...just my descenting view with a (apparent) lack of humor.  Have a Merry Christmas.


Alex Belmont, Cardiopulmonary - Manager, Newton Medical Center December 23, 2009 3:16 PM
Covington GA

Thanks for the laugh, Jim. Happy Holidays Everyone and Be Safe!

Susan O'Neil, Home Care - Inside Respiratory Therapist , VitalAire Canada December 22, 2009 12:53 PM

Thanks, Jerome and Annonymous, for having my back. Some people just take things a little serious. A sense of humor is great. As far as our experiences, I, too, have worked as a traveler. I love my job. It's my passion. I just wish it were everyone elses passion, too! Breathing has always seemed kind of important to me. I have a little issue with those who it is the last thing on their mind. At any rate, I'm glad I'm not alone. I think the majority of therapists can relate in some way to what I'm saying here. I'm thankful you wrote in to confirm that. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday!

Jim Thacker December 21, 2009 12:13 PM

I am a new Graduate of RC. I get what you are saying totally. I have done clinicals in small rural hospitals and know exact ally what you are talking about. I found the humor in your blog right away, and know it is the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Merry Christmas.


Jerome December 21, 2009 9:37 AM


I hear ya!

Thank you for commenting on some of the REALITIES of respiratory care, rather than "BLOWING SMOKE" and trying to pretend it is all a bowl of cherries and everything is wonderful (as I feel Mr. manager was trying to do).  I don't entirely blame you, though, Alex. It is a typical move for a lot of managers out there.   :)  

I consider myself to be a pretty positive person and I am quite happy in the respiratory care field. However, I am not blind to the realities of the field, either. I was a traveling respiratory therapist for about 9-10 years and in a new RT dept about every three months.  YOU ARE RIGHT, Jim....9 out of 10 were pretty much a broom closet, often in the basement and no windows.  And as far as space for our equipment goes, most of the time there were various "nooks and cubbies" throughout the hospital where it would go. (At least until a nurse or aide moved it, to fit some of THEIR equipment in, (commodes, pt lifts, IV poles etc.).   Anyone who is actively working in a clinical setting with patients as an RCP will totally get what you are saying, because majority will have already experienced it for themselves. For me, hearing fellow RCP's tallk about the same issues across the country, makes the issues actually humorous and easier to deal with day to day. Jim, I completely related to your article and it made me laugh. I did not get a negative feel from it, (I've read some of those types). To me it was real, sayin' it like it is.  Thanks!


A few questions for you...Have you worked in very many hospitals or have you been in the same facility since you got into the Respiratory Care Field? Maybe your hospital is the exception. Who knows.  I also wanted to point out that when you commented about the nurses at your facility having a breath of relief when the RT showed up "in a critical situation"... that is exactly what Jim was stating (as I understood).  In a "critical" situation, we are suddenly very convenient to have around, because they don't know what else to do.  But how do the nurses react to the RT's the rest of the day? For example, How do they react when they call and say a patient needs a breathing tx and our assessment of the patient shows a breathing tx isn't indicated. (Provided the RT is respectful towards the RN and maybe even give alternative suggestions), do the nurses respect the RT's assessment or do they give the RT attitude because he/she isn't doing what they want?  Does the nurse than try to go around the RT and call the on-call MD anyway to try to get an order for another tx? or not? Just wondering.  Don't get me wrong, I work well with majority of nurses (best for patient care), but I have definitely seen both types. When was the last time you worked a full shift doing patient care like your staff?  Dealing with patients (and their family members), nurses, nurses aides, doctors, continuous pages, etc., (while still managing to keep a smile on your face)?

Don't ever let yourself forget what it's like....It will only make you a better manager (at least in the eyes of your staff).

In my opinion, every RCP should be able to vent (no pun intended) about the frustrations in our job/field.. It is a coping mechanism.  We don't want the saying to change from "going postal" to "going RT".

One last thing,  I always encourage every RCP to become Registered. It is a higher level of education and certification. (There are physical therapists out there with Bachelors and masters... we deal with life and death...we might as well up the bar for our field.)  No one ever goes wrong with that.   A lot of hospitals won't hire certs, either. No disrespect, Jim.  I have also met many certs who have been in the field for around 30 yrs,like yourself, that can dance circles around some new RRT's.


Anonymous , RRT December 20, 2009 3:33 PM

Ok, first, you should really check my blog. It's supposed to be funny. You taking it seriously is exactly why I'm not registered, which I'm guessing you are, by your total lack of reality and ability to pick up on a key asset of anyone working in a hospital, a sense of humor. Second, I'm speaking in general, based on what others have told me, unlike you who chose to share your personal insights. Most respiratory therapists don't feel respected. You'd have to be pretty "in the dark" to think they do. I get plenty of respect. Again, it was a sense of humor. Also, I am very thankful I have a job. So thankful in fact that if you came off of your high horse and read my blogs, you'd see that I have even written about it. I am very proud to have the AE-C letters behind my name. Much more so than I could ever be of having RRT, because by having my AE-C, I have chosen to specialize in something instead of just being a "run-of-the-mill" therapist like so many RRTs I know. I went above and beyond. Perhaps someday you will, too. Lastly, you have no idea how much of my time is spent on the floors with nurses. The audacity of you to even suggest to someone working in a 27 bed hospital, often alone covering the ED, outpatient clinic, two floors and what ever else happens to come in that he (or she) needs more time on the floor shows your total disconnection with the working class. I come in early, go home late and am on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Are you? Didn't think so. And, if you have enough space in your department that you're OK, then you probably aren't spending enough time on the floor with your patients, otherwise, you wouldn't have all that time to organize your department so nicely. I have two vents, three BiPaPs and other hodge podge and exactly 177 square feet to store it in. Maybe you could lend me your keen organizational skills and tell me a better way. In closing, you really need to get a grip, read more than just one blog if you're going to respond and get in touch with the rest of us. This is an opinion blog. At times, I try to have fun with it. You being so rude and unclear about the blog shows you have no loyalty to the blog, the others who read it or to those whom it is intended for, rural therapists (read the caption under my picture). Let's hope you do a better job at your workplace.

Jim Thacker December 18, 2009 3:02 PM

Dear Jimmy,

I must say that after reading your "article" I was left more than a little disappointed in your negative attitude.  Let's look at your gripes, shall we...

1.  To get respect you must first show respect, and I don't think you can speak for all Respiratory Therapists.  There are many facilities out there in which there is a sigh of relief by the nurses when the Respiratory Therapist walks into a critical situation.

2.  If you don't like your shift, let your boss know and put in for a transfer.  Don't gripe, and just be thankful you have a job at this point.

3.  Obtaining continuing education is an important part of any medical discipline.  You should be proud to wear the AE-C letters behind your name as that recognition.

4.  If you so loathe "always being stuck in a broom closet" at work, you may want to try staying out on the floor with your patients.  They could benefit from your immense knowledge of asthma, and you could hang out with those nurses who were not giving you any respect.

Now lighten up, enjoy work, and go get Registered (which, by the way, is recognized by the NBRC).

Alex Belmont, Cardiopulmonary - Manager, Newton Medical Center December 18, 2009 2:11 PM
Covington GA

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