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  • Challenged by BRPT Exam

    I mentioned before that I attended the FOCUS spring conference in Florida. My main goal for that event was to attend the sleep educator workshop presented by the BRPT. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I did learn a lot; it was worth every penny spent.  Now, I am tasked with passing the associated exam. I ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • Hurray for FOCUS 2014

    Well, we have another FOCUS meeting behind us.  nd what a great meeting it was: action packed, star studded and uber-educational.  Hats off to everyone involved in putting this first-class event together. The meeting was held at the Coronado Springs resort at Disney World, near Orlando, Fla. It's an idyllic setting, as is ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 22, 2014
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • Let the World Know You Are an Expert

    Well, talking to people, it appears allergy season is here. I know we have talked about it before, even recently, but this time of year is when respiratory therapists can really shine. Not only can allergies lead to hospitalizations, but they also afford us the opportunity to reach out to our communities in several ways. Many ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 28, 2013
  • Use the Gram Stain

    In microbiology we learn to use the Gram stain results of a direct smear to check specimen quality (usually by a count of squamous epithelial cells) and any predominating organisms (e.g. lancet shaped Gram positive cocci on a sputum) that suggest what to work up. All good micro techs use the Gram stain. Intracellular organisms are an immediate ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 24, 2013
  • Allergy Season Is Here

    The winter whitewash is leaving us here in Missouri, and spring rains are starting to fall. Many welcome the change (along with the change on the clock), but for a few, a harrowing season is just getting started: Allergy season. Allergy season is such an issue for so many that websites have been set up to help those dealing with it. Sites like ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 11, 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
  • The Problem with Being an OJT

    I believe there is a place for someone being trained on the job, but medicine is not that place. I am sure this statement will make many of my readers unhappy with me. But there are too many issues that cannot be taught while you are working and too many theories that need to be taught in a learning environment. We are dealing with people’s lives; ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on December 26, 2012
  • Therapists Should Join the AARC

    We have spent the last couple of months discussing jobs, licensure and work-life balance. This month, particularly for all you who are new to the field, I thought we could discuss some organizations you can join to help further your career. Our professional organization is the American Association for Respiratory Care, or AARC. The AARC ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on December 19, 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
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