Respiratory Therapist Opinions on Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree

1722 Words Jun 17th, 2018 7 Pages
Staffing survey
Out of the two 248 that were surveyed from staffing, 111 did not respond. Four percent of respondents were in the age range 18-24, 30% 25-34, 24% 35-44, 24% 35-44, 22% 45-54, 20% 55+. Sixty percent of those polled were female, and 40% were male. Eighty-four percent of those polled had an Associate's Degree as their highest level obtained in Respiratory Care, 2% were trained on the job, and 14% had Bachelor's degrees in Respiratory Care.
When asked about the highest degree in any field, 3% answered they were on the job trained; 66% had an Associate's Degree, 29% have a Bachelor's Degree, and 2% of those polled have obtained a Master's Degree. The credential status of those that were polled are as follows: 2 NPS, 67 CRT, 121
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Eighty-three percent of the management polled felt that they have not noticed a difference in orientation needs when hiring a new grad from a BS in Respiratory Care program versus one from an AS in Respiratory Care program. Seventeen percent felt that the question was not applicable.
Management agreed that policies and protocols needed to be evaluated yearly to stay current on competency level requirements of respiratory therapists. Management agreed that willingness to ask questions and ability to communicate with patients and doctors were important critical thinking skills necessary for treatment of patients in ICU and ED. Management also agreed that it is important to be self reliant and capable of thinking outside the box. Management agreed that the yearly competency evaluations helped improve/validate competency with currently practicing respiratory therapists.
Discussion
Respiratory therapists have failed to continue their education for various reasons including: our license does not require further education at this time, it is a financial burden for families especially if it is not something that is part of job requirements, and there are not many programs available for bridging an associate-degree with a bachelor-degree.
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