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  • The Paradigm Shift in How RTs Do Business

    I love to think of ways to improve patient care delivery, and usually embrace change. To me, ''That's the way we've always done it,'' is ridiculous. There is, however, one change I cannot abide: That it is acceptable to hand off certain RT responsibilities to other allied health professionals, or worse, to unskilled labor.  IMHO, it is ...
    Posted to An RT Paradigm Shift (Weblog) on August 25, 2014
  • RTs Must Be Project Managers

    The health care industry can learn a lot from business. If you do not think health care is a business, you're wrong. Just check out the forms you fill out, the charting you do, and the cashier's cage. One of the failures I see in health care is an inadequate attention to project management. Project management can cover everything from planning ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 6, 2013
  • RRT vs. CRT Is a Non-Issue

    I write an opinion blog. Everyone has an opinion. I know this, and I know that each time I write, some will agree and some disagree. Some people just take pleasure in spreading rumors to stir the pot. This seems to be the case of some of those on Facebook -- in particular, a relatively new group to the RT scene which has done little more than ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on February 25, 2013
  • The Future is Up to You

    As the New Year comes, let's take a moment to reflect on last year. So many people lost, so many opportunities missed. Let's all make a decision now to have a better 2013. Managers, make sure your employees know they are appreciated. Respiratory Care Week is not enough; if you want to keep employees motivated and retained, you have to ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on December 31, 2012
  • Add to Your Balance

    For the past several weeks, we have discussed work-life balance. The final entry to this discussion is what you can do within respiratory therapy to add to your balance. We all know we should be members of our professional group and the state society that is associated with it wherever we live. Though some feel these groups do not represent them, ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on December 10, 2012
  • Life Outside the Hospital

    For a couple of weeks we have talked about licensure and burnout. Let's focus on some things to avoid the burnout and help us through the licensure trials. Some may question why I write about such things, but being a well-rounded therapist means you have to look at life from all angles, not just from inside the hospital walls. A respiratory ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on November 21, 2012
  • Share Your Expertise

    Last week, we discussed options in the workplace that can help us to achieve work/life balance. This week, let's look at things outside the workplace but still relevant to our professional life. The best starting place may be volunteerism. Volunteering for a position on a local board, the senior center or even a committee in the hospital is a ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on November 19, 2012
  • Help Next Generation of RTs Find Jobs

    Well, it's that time of year. Congratulations to all the 2011 graduates of every school, and good luck with your future. Which brings me to the point of this week's blog:We need to help our young therapists find jobs. Several times on this blog, people have mentioned that part of sustaining respiratory therapy, part of building it into an ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on June 20, 2011