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  • Asthma & Mice

    Mouse. What do you think of when you hear the word? You may think of the most famous mouse - Mickey. Or you may think of a cute little field mouse, like the ones I had to deal with in my former state of Illinois. You might think about running away if you saw one. You could think of a pet or just a plain dirty rodent. One word can bring up so ...
  • Family-Centered Care

    This week, I was teaching clinicals for one of the local community colleges. My students were surprised by all the syndromes we come across in the pediatric world. I will admit I am the product of the times. I am used to electronic journals and having access to Google. I truly believe Google is your friend in pediatrics. I cannot ...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Branch Out to Become a Great Professional

    Since we spent last month discussing the trials and tribulations of licenses, let's spend some time talking about work/life balance. It's easy to get burned out. We work, and we usually want to work more. This is great, but it can lead to premature burnout. We all know the burnouts; they usually have done great things throughout their careers ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on November 15, 2012
  • 'Overqualified' May Mean Highly Prepared

    One of the hazards of being in respiratory therapy for so long, some 30-plus years now, is that I am often told that I am ''overqualified'' for the position I was hired for or am interviewing for. Many of you have encountered this same thing; a position you like is open but the hospital does not want to hire you because you have too much ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on November 21, 2011
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