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  • Get Ready to Toot the Respiratory Horn

    Noone likes to toot their own horn, but with all the competing services, we literally fight for survival in healthcare. As respiratory therapists, it is our job not only to care for our communities, but to let them know that we are available, in many cases 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Respiratory Care Week is October 19-25. What better time ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on September 8, 2014
  • Make the Right Impression on Patients

    As medical professionals, it is important that we project a certain image to our patients. We need to be professional, intelligent, curious and caring -- all at the same time. The biggest detractor we face is our interactions with other professionals, which are sometimes in a very unprofessional manner. The therapist at the nurses' desk chatting ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • Raising the Minimum Wage

    In last Tuesday's State of the Union Address, President Obama made it clear he intends to raise the minimum wage for governmental employees to $10.10 and hour. While few would argue that everyone, including low-skilled workers, deserve a wage they can live on, the analytical side of me wonders what effects such a move might have on skilled ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on February 3, 2014
  • Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act

    This year, the AARC will start lobbying in earnest for House Resolution 2619; the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act, known as HR 2619. It is a part of a long-term strategy to improve the presence of respiratory therapists on Capitol Hill and in a hospital, DME, or doctor's office near you.  I spoke with Sheryl West of the AARC about ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 13, 2014
  • Recognizing Veteran's Day

    On November 11 we take a brief pause to thank our many veterans who have and are serving this country. Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated. The only reason we have the freedoms we enjoy are because of you. You are also the reason we enjoy jobs, the only reason we are free to practice our medicine, argue about our healthcare future, and ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on November 11, 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
  • More Memberships

    Another organization you may want to consider joining is the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). These are the fine folks who award you the credentials you worked so hard for. Since 1960, the goal of the NBRC has been to ''evaluate professional competence of respiratory therapists,'' according to the organization website.The NBRC is a ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on December 26, 2012
  • RTs Must Uphold Professionalism

    My BS-o-meter has a pretty narrow scale. One of my many, many faults is that I hate feeling like someone is abusing me, my time, or my talents. Many of you feel the same though you may not admit it. In the hospital, I tired quickly of patients who already knew everything, doctors with attitudes, and nurses who did not know a BiPAP mask from a ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on August 27, 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
  • It's Time to High-Five an RT

    I love football, but what a bunch of characters the players can be. Imagine if you, in your job, had to do a little celebration dance every time you did your job. If a guy makes a tackle, they often have to dance or do something dumb on television. Imagine a respiratory therapist making a ventilator change and then breaking in to a dance. Imagine ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on November 28, 2011
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