During the past few shifts, I have been astonished, and thankful about how often the nurses, doctors, and respiratory therapists have been providing me with learning opportunities. I feel this is because they have observed my enthusiasm and willingness to learn. For example, I asked a nurse if I could observe her giving care to a 24-week old preemie with necrotizing entercolitis. This nurse explained, that because of this baby’s immature age, she had to cluster the baby’s cares, and monitor this baby’s oxygen saturation. If the baby was overly stimulated her oxygen saturation would decrease, and the nurse needed to stop working with the baby. This nurse also pulled up a PowerPoint about NEC, so I had a visual of this baby’s condition. She provided me with a NICU parent book, and I read the section about NEC. This nurse said that she gives NICU parents this book to read, so that they have a better understanding about their baby’s condition. This is an awesome education technique that I want to adopt. This is because the parents will hear the diagnosis explained from the doctor and nurse. They may or
However, I was uncertain of which career path I wished to pursue. I was given the privilege to shadow various healthcare physicians around the area, which could help determine which field of medicine was for me. Of the specialties I had observed, I found that anesthesiology was the most intriguing and I was immediately attracted to it. In order to acquire more information about the speciality, I applied to volunteer at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in the anesthesia department. I began assisting the anesthesia technician with her daily responsibilities. She eventually introduced me to many anesthetists there. After shadowing many anesthetists, I quickly learned that much of the patient interaction was with the anesthesiologist assistant or the certified registered nurse anesthetist rather than the anesthesiologist. I was thrilled to see the anesthetist comfort the patient as well as his family before the surgery. I, then, realized that I did not want to become a physician but rather an anesthesiologist assistant because I wanted to provide that administrative and comforting experience for the patients and their loved
When I decided I wanted to be a respiratory therapist, I never imagined that I would be dealing with any psychological aspects. As I have learned more about the respiratory system and the patients that I will treat, I can see that I will deal with some psychological factors quite often. In respiratory therapy there are psychological factors that can affect a person’s ability to breath and their quality of breathing.
I have had the opportunity to work with many health professionals, but my experience with PAs has solidified my path to becoming a PA. Devoting over 200 hours to shadow PAs of various specialties had allowed me to learn about pulmonary diseases and read CT scans in pulmonary, watch in awe at an ingrown toenail removal in urgent care, and observe patience and individual care in pediatrics. Although I was at the clinics for observation, I eagerly wanted to assist the PAs and care for the patients. I was fully immersed in the topics that were taught to me and found myself lusting for the knowledge and skills to become a PA.
The more education experienced, the greater chance applicants will successfully obtain the job of a respiratory therapist. At minimum, an associate’s degree is needed. Many colleges and universities, vocational-technical institutes, and the Armed Forces offer training-most
I am a Respiratory Therapist completing my Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences. I recently graduated in May with my Associates in Respiratory Care and passed both of my National Boards. I will be working at Mizzou's University Hospital in Columbia, MO starting June 12th, 2017. My end goal is to be able to be a Critical Care Flight Respiratory Therapist and then become a professor for a Respiratory Care program after gaining years of experience.
Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to help people, from a Doctor to a Pediatrician, even an X-ray Technician. As I got older I realized my true calling was in Respiratory Therapy. The human body is such an incredible thing and I found myself wanting to learn more and more about it.
Respiratory therapists are there especially when you need them most. Patients may not seem to notice but these people do more than just administering breathing treatments. Hence, they truly deserve some presents once in a while. Check out these gift ideas that will surely make them feel even prouder about their
I didn’t know what to expect with my observation with the respiratory therapist. All what I knew about them was they floated around and gave patients aerosol breathing treatments. I learned that a respiratory therapist does a lot more than that. They have access to the Pixis, and are able to give patients any type of respiratory medication. They teach patients how to correctly use inhalers. They educate their patients on way they have to do breathing treatments, or why they have to take certain respiratory medications. They also do an examination to find out what type of breathing treatment or oxygen device is needed to help a patient get the oxygen they need, or help with expanding their lungs, etc
The following case study is of a 37-year old Hispanic male weighing 145 lbs and 70 inches tall found unconscious by his girlfriend. According to her he was unconscious for about 15 hours and she was concerned because he would not wake or respond and was breathing shallow and slow. She then called 9-1-1. The patient entered the ER by emergency vehicle and on my initial assessment Pt had an altered mental status, was very unresponsive showing symptoms of a possible drug overdose. The girlfriend told the physician the Pt had taken 75 mg of methadone and an unknown amount of Xanex and other amounts of Benzodiazepines. On assessment, the doctor noticed his altered mental status and unconscious status. He had a gag
Respiratory Therapist (RT) is a career that many people don’t realize exists. People either believe that a RT is either an RN or a Doctor because of their knowledge of the respiratory system. The pay between a RN and RT are almost identical. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics have RT the third best career choice with an associate’s degree, and have the career growing between 18 and 26 percent in the next ten years. Delta College currently has a one year waiting list to get into the respiratory care program (Respiratory care).
Education requirements, is what a student needs to reach the goal of becoming a respiratory therapist. There are a total of 379 respiratory technician colleges/universities in the U.S. Such as, IUP, CCAC, and many more. For a Respiratory Therapist the most you need is a Bachelor?s Degree, which takes 4 years. For this major you, there is Technical School(1+year), Associate Degree(2 years), and Bachelor?s Degree(4 years). Then the degree you end up
The American Respiratory Care Foundation is an organization that helps support further education, research, and charitable activities. Not only do they educate the public about the foundation and respiratory health, but they assist in training and enhancing the quality of our environment. The foundation was found in 1985 and since then has promoted several grants and awards for the people who make a difference in the respiratory care field. They have raised one million dollars since the year 2000 for education towards respiratory therapists. More than $230,000 dollars was used towards direct scholarship and achievement awards as well as $226,000 dollars for research in the future. The many companies that have helped support the American Respiratory