Respiratory Career Expansion
As of Oct. 19 I am officially Kevin Johnson, RRT AE-C. That's right, I passed my asthma educator boards and am a Certified Asthma Educator! I have to say it was one of the harder tests I have ever taken. I felt like there were some questions that had three correct answers.
They alloted 3.5 hours for the test and I took almost two of them to get the test done. I can tell you I have never been so nervous and unsure to get the results from an exam... and have never felt so rewarded as when the lady at the H&R Block said, "Congratulations...you passed."
It was like the weight of the world had been lifted. I had been studying for about three months straight, denying myself the reading of any book or magazine that wasn't asthma-related. As an avid reader this was hard to do ... but it paid off!
So now the question is, where do I go with it from here? I want to start setting up sessions with asthmatic patients as soon as possible, and have a pretty good idea about how I am going to go about it, but I need to get a concrete plan developed.
I am interested in doing community education classes in conjunction with the hospital's chronic disease management classes that are held monthly. I was even asked today if I wanted to go to chronic disease management training by my hospital's education coordinator. I definitely want to pursue any and all avenues that my new credential can take me down.
But first I want to go the library and check out a book that doesn't even mention the word "asthma."