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  • 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
  • Top 10 Cities for Allergies

    The top 10 cities for allergies have been identified. They are, in order from worst to better, Jackson, Miss.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; McAllen, Texas; Louisville, Ky.; Wichita, Kans.; Dayton, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Baton Rouge, La.  A recent article in USA Today warns to brace for a ''hard-nosed allergy ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on April 8, 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
  • 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
  • Keeping Licensure Paperwork in Order for Audits

    Organization is the key to a good life as a respiratory therapist. We have been discussing licensure, so this week, let's talk about how to keep your paperwork for all your licenses in order. In the old days, someone would come to your hospital or clinic, present a lecture or go over a product with you, and at the end, hand you a certificate. Ah, ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on October 22, 2012
  • Patient Education Makes Respiratory Therapists Relevant

    As I go around and set up people on CPAP machines, I am always struck by the fact that sleep labs miss the opportunity to educate patients about what CPAP is, what goals of therapy are attainable, and how CPAP may help improve their sleep. In over a year, I have yet to have a patient tell me that the sleep lab told them anything about what they ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on June 11, 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
  • RT Conferences Must Provide Pertinent Topics

    This month's poll focused on who is going where for their professional development this summer. The results are pretty amazing. When asked ''where will you travel to in order to gain CEUs, listen to lectures, or otherwise develop yourself professionally,'' the results were clear. It appears that the bigger conferences are losing favor because of ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on August 1, 2011
  • Educate and Develop Talent Inside US Borders First

    USA Today is again running a story they have been following for a while. The title: ''Hunt is on for overseas college students'' (Marklein, 2011). Some things just upset me more than most. Usually they have to do with politics or ignorance, but this one puts a burr in my saddle because I am a college student and respiratory therapist, and I know ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on July 5, 2011
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