Student Track

Are you an RT student? Are you attending AARC Congress 2019 in New Orleans this November? Then you will not want to miss the following 10 must-have sessions for RTs in training.

Shawna Strickland

Identified especially for students by AARC Associate Executive Director of Education Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC, these sessions will be full of essential information to help you navigate your new career, understand important implications and nuances of bedside care, get up to speed on cutting-edge technology that might not even be covered in your RT program, and even cope with the emotions you’re bound to feel the first time one of your patients doesn’t pull through.

So put these sessions on your must-have list and we’ll see you in Vegas this December!

Saturday, Nov. 9

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | TBA | General

Orientation for First-Time Attendees

Learn all about how to make the most of your AARC Congress with the orientation session.


1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m. | TBA | Clinical Practice

Experience: Revisiting Patient Perspective

Never forget we do what we do to improve the quality of life for our patients. Check out this lecture from Dr. Gilmore to make sure we know how to appreciate our care from the patient’s perspective.


4:50 p.m.–5:25 p.m. | TBA | Adult Acute

Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury

As you learn how to appropriately use mechanical ventilation to support your patients, it’s important to understand the harm that can be caused. Make sure to learn from Dr. MacIntyre in this session and learn how to avoid ventilator-induced lung injury.

Sunday, Nov. 10

11:10 a.m.–11:45 a.m. | TBA | Clinical Practice

Terminal Extubation and Preventing Compassion Fatigue

We don’t talk about the challenges RTs face when withdrawing life support enough. Join Carl Hinkson and gain practical advice about this difficult aspect of respiratory care.


11:50 a.m.–12:25 p.m. | TBA | Neonatal/Pediatrics

Novel Approaches to Aerosol Medication Delivery to Pediatric Patients

How do we deliver inhaled medications to our littlest patients? Learn from Dr. Rubin! He’ll talk about new technologies and how they affect aerosol delivery.


3:05 p.m.–4:20 p.m. | TBA | Adult Acute Care

PRO/CON — NIV vs. HFNC for Hypercapnic COPD Exacerbation: NIV is Superior

You are caring for a patient with an exacerbation of hypercapnic COPD. How do you help them? Should you use NIV or HFNC? Check out this pro/con debate with Dr. Hess and Thomas Piraino and find out if NIV is really superior to HFNC.

Monday, Nov. 11

8:35 a.m.–12:25 p.m. | TBA | General

Symposium for Early Professionals

Ok — so technically this is a series of 6 sessions and not 1. In my defense, this symposium is tailor made for RT students! Learn about job seeking, interviewing, professionalism, preparing for board exams, and keeping your “why” in mind throughout your journey.


3:45 p.m.–4:20 p.m. | TBA | Clinical Practice

Electronic Vaping Devices: Educating Our Patients and Community

Vaping is all the rage and we’re seeing reports about the devastating health effects and dangers of using this device. Explore this topic Dr. Martinasek so you can make sure to educate your patients with the right information.


4:25 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | TBA | Patient Safety

Mechanical Ventilation Alarm Safety

Have you ever dreamed about ventilator alarms after a long day in clinicals? It’s not just you! There are a lot of alarms in our ICUs and this isn’t always a good thing. Join Mr. Scott and learn about alarm fatigue and why too many alarms are a problem.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

10:35 a.m.–11:10 a.m. | TBA | Ethics

Case Studies in Palliative Care

Some RTs might think that palliative care is “not my job.” However, palliation is a part of what we do every day. Dr. Gustin will look at several case studies focused on the RT’s engagement in this very important activity.


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