Moving to the Next Level
One of my jobs is to help run an ad on sleep program for the local respiratory therapy degree. We are even considering making it part of the BS degree in cardiopulmonary. Which leads me to ask, "Where do I see an advanced practitioner in this field?"
When I put that question out on one of the sleep bulletin boards I got a great deal of feedback that really did not look forward. There were a lot of requests for extra scoring classes and troubleshooting classes. There were requests for electrical theory. There were thoughts about pediatrics.
What I was hoping for was maybe thoughts about what an advanced practitioner might do. Would we need classes in PAP NAP, or understanding billing and coding so we can run a DME program? What about patient follow up? These are all jobs done by respiratory therapists but could probably be done better by a sleep tech with some advance practice classes.
We seem to be focusing on the politics of sleep; but if we want to grow we really need to add more responsibility and education to our jobs. We need to be an integral part of a physician's practice. We need to be involved with running research projects.
Where do you see this field 5 years, 10 years and 25 years down the road?