Sleep Educators Course
I have to admit that the BRPT has really stepped up to create the next step of growth in our field. It is an impressive sight, when a conference room is overfilled and there are 300 eager people learning about the extended role of the educator. This was a motivated group of people open to learning new skills, the role of education in our field and how we can obtain the advanced credential.
The program was designed to look at the role of an educator and what the necessary tasks would be and how to perform them. With that in mind there was a great deal of scientific information that backs up how we approach this role. The issue that really struck me is that we as a field do not know how to create the information to support our role. We do not know how to create the research to prove the critical outcomes, to prove that we contribute to the successful outcomes of the patient.
This then demonstrates what we need to work together on: the creation of some studies to help prove our input and education increases the compliance of the patient. This will take a great deal of extra work on our part, but we are on the ground floor of healthcare change. If we can prove our worth we will have secure jobs for years to come.
As a respiratory therapist I have lived through this once before. I heard over and over that the field was going to die, that nursing and physical therapy were going to take our jobs. Now I hear we are going to lose our jobs, we will be replaced by machines, that we have no future. I do not believe this. I believe we need to show how much better a patient, who has a sleep study in a lab and who has a technologist properly fit the mask and titrate a study, does with CPAP. We need to prove that Autopap is not right for everyone, or even most patients. We need to become researchers, we need to prove our worth. We need to show that we are part of the preventive care movement.