Sunday, June 25

6:30 am–7:30 am | Room TBA | All Tracks

Coffee Service for Registered Attendees and Exhibitors

7:30 am–8:20 am | Room TBA | All Tracks

The State of the Profession

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh PhD RRT-NPS FAARC, Boston MA

In this keynote address, AARC President Brian Walsh will update the audience on the goals, priorities, and strategic focus of the Association for 2017. Attend this presentation and better understand the current and future direction of the profession, and notably, the three domains of focus (safety, quality, and value) that will serve as the Association's road map during Dr. Walsh's presidency. This is your opportunity to hear from our president regarding topics that are important to you!

8:30 am–9:10 am | Room TBA | Education Track

Making It Stick: The Neurobiology of Learning

Dennis R. Wissing

Dennis R. Wissing PhD RRT AE-C FAARC, Shreveport LA

An overview of brain neurobiology and how the brain learns. Emphasis is placed on what teaching strategies work best to promote learning and retention using principles of neurobiology.

8:30 am–9:10 am | Room TBA | Manager Track

Patient-Centric Care: What is It and What's the Fit for the RT?

Garry Kauffman

Garry Kauffman MPA FACHE RRT FAARC, Winston Salem NC

Patient-centric care has been around for decades in different forms. In the 1980s the first salvo included staff reduction, clinician elimination, de-skilling, and reduction of mid-level management. What has changed about this focus on patients - other than a catchy new phrase? Absolutely everything! Patient-centric care is about providing the right care, at the right time, with the right quality, by the right person, and being able to measure the outcomes of this care. For RTs there is no better time to demonstrate your value, and for RT managers this is the best time to demonstrate your knowledge and ability to manage this new care delivery system based on evidence-based medicine, system-wide cost-effectiveness, and patient/family satisfaction.

9:15 am–9:55 am | Room TBA | Education Track

Great Teachers Don't Just Teach Content: Strategies for Creating a Positive Learning Environment

Jody Lester

Jody Lester MA RRT, Boise ID

There is a direct relationship between the learning environment and student achievement. This presentation will focus on what is known about learner motivation and illustrate strategies for developing the optimal learning environment.

9:15 am–9:55 am | Room TBA | Manager Track

Providing Effective Feedback That Helps Staff Grow

Julie Jackson

Julie Jackson BS RRT-ACCS , Des Moines IA

Providing effective feedback can be difficult for even the most experienced manager. Feedback can be both positive and negative depending on the situation. For staff to developmentally grow in their careers, they need their leaders to provide them with both types of feedback. This presentation will discuss how managers can deliver effective feedback that will fuel the best performance.

10:00 am–10:40 am | Room TBA | Education Track

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Systematic Interpretation of Chest Images

Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson MA RRT, Meridian ID

This lecture will present a systematic approach to teaching the interpretation of CXRs and CTs. It will include image acquisition processing and interactive display to students.

10:00 am–10:40 am | Room TBA | Manager Track

Understanding Your "Why": Developing a Vision for Your Respiratory Care Department

Terry A. Volsko MBA RRT FAARC Akron OH

Terry A. Volsko MBA RRT FAARC Akron OH MBA RRT FAARC , Akron OH

Respiratory care leadership teams are facing the challenges of health care financial reform. Thriving during these tumultuous times requires an innate understanding of your "why" or purpose. Understanding your "why" is the key to developing a vision and strategic plan which aligns your organization's true north objectives and operational imperatives. Examples of developing a mission and vision statement as well as strategies used to leverage the value the RC department brings to your organization will be presented.

10:40 am–11:20 pm | Room TBA | All Tracks

Exhibitor Break

11:20 am–12:00 pm | Room TBA | Education Track

They Haven't Done the Reading, Again! Strategies for Getting Students to Read What's Assigned

Jody Lester

Jody Lester MA RRT, Boise ID

A typical component of nearly every academic course is assigned reading. However, it is far less typical that every student comes to class having completed the assigned reading. This presentation will explore what the research says about why students don't do the reading (or don't do it effectively), as well as strategies to frame the reading and prepare students to engage productively with it.

11:20 am–12:00 pm | Room TBA | Manager Track

The Respiratory Dashboard- What Every Director Needs to Know to Wed Respiratory Care Clinical Goals with the Tenets of a Compliance Program

Kimberly Bennion

Kimberly Bennion MHS BSRT RRT, Salt Lake City UT

The presenter will share the seven elements of a compliance program as they relate to Respiratory Care Service Line clinical goals.

12:05 pm–12:45 pm | Room TBA | Education Track

Teaching Palliative Care: As Easy As 1-2-3: A B C

Helen Sorenson

Helen Sorenson MA RRT FAARC, San Antonio TX

Palliative care remains misunderstood by a majority of health care providers. For most, Palliative Care = End-of-Life Care = Hospice. The reality is that palliative care is comfort care and is applicable to any patient, any age and any diagnosis that has created bothersome symptoms. By using the 123: A B C guide you will learn how to teach and how to practice palliative care in the classroom and in the clinical setting.

12:05 pm–12:45 pm | Room TBA | Manager Track

Competencies for Complex Medical Technology

Cheryl Hoerr
Julie Jackson

Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC, Rolla MO
Julie Jackson BS RRT-ACCS Des Moines IA

As medical technology continues to advance, respiratory therapy managers and educators may struggle with ensuring staff competency to maximize patient safety especially with low volume/high risk procedures. This panel discussion will address the challenges and barriers to developing competencies for complex medical technology from both the managers and department-based educators perspective and provide the attendee with recommendations for improving staff competency assessment.

12:45 pm–2:15 pm | Room TBA | All Tracks

Lunch (On Your Own)

2:15 pm–2:55 pm | Room TBA | Manager Track

Garnering Administrative Support to Create a Culture of Inquiry

Terry A. Volsko

Terry A. Volsko MBA RRT FAARC, Akron OH

Education is essential to obtain the skills necessary to conduct research and embed evidence-based protocols into our clinical practice. Garnering administrative support for education and training is important for RTs to advance their practice. This lecture will review the strategies used to secure financial support for RT education and training for research quality and evidenced-based practice initiatives. Examples of how to tie the business plan for educational initiatives into the organizations strategic goals will be provided.

2:15 pm–4:25 pm

Demystifying the Results Section of Research Papers

Ellen Becker

2:15 pm–2:55 pm | Room Arizona Ballroom 7-12 | Education Track

Interpreting the Statistical Data Reported in Journal Articles

Ellen Becker PhD RRT-NPS FAARC, Chicago IL

The results section of research papers lists several statistical tests and mathematical symbols. Many readers skip this section because the combination of words and symbols are meaningless. This lecture will help you interpret what is meant by p-value, confidence interval, and odds ratio. It will also highlight the limits of using only these values when interpreting study results.

David L. Vines

3:00 pm–3:40 pm | Room Arizona Ballroom 7-12 | Education Track

Identifying Characteristics of Variables

David L. Vines MHS RRT FAARC FCCP, Chicago IL

Consumers of research need to understand a few characteristics of the study variables in order to assess whether the statistics used were appropriate or not. This hands-on session will help participants differentiate whether a variable was dependent or independent and which level of measurement was used during data collection.

Constance Mussa

3:45 pm–4:25 pm | Room Arizona Ballroom 7-12 | Education Track

Evaluating the Appropriateness of the Statistical Tests Used in Journal Articles

Constance Mussa PhD RRT-NPS, Chicago IL

Many therapists cannot evaluate whether the statistical tests used in the results section are appropriate. This hands-on session will provide participants with the decision-making tools and guidelines for commonly used statistical tests.

3:00 pm–3:40 pm | Room TBA | Manager Track

How Do I Even Begin to Create and Implement Protocols, Order Sets, and Standing Orders with All These Regulations?

Kimberly Bennion

Kimberly Bennion MHS BSRT RRT, Salt Lake City UT

We all know protocols with associated order sets and standing orders facilitate rapid evidence-based patient care and respiratory care critical thinking; however, most professionals may not be meeting all regulatory requirements. The presenter, who is health care compliance certified, will take attendees through the step-by-step process and templates to create, gain approvals, educate, and implement evidence-based protocols/processes that even regulatory agencies have asked her to present.

3:45 pm–4:25 pm | Room TBA | Manager Track

While Respiratory Therapists May Be Superheroes "It's Not My Job" May Just Be Our Kryptonite

Frank R. Salvatore Jr.

Frank R. Salvatore Jr. RRT MBA FAARC , Danbury CT

During this lecture the participant will review the many changes within health care that have occurred over the past few years and find out why it's time for our profession to begin morphing into more than just treatment jockeys.

4:45 pm–5:30 pm | Room TBA | Manager Track

Meet the Management Faculty Mixer

Networking with peers and sharing of best practices is one of the most valued reasons to attend educational meetings. In this informal, casual "get together", attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of faculty and talk shop with other managers who share the same everyday challenges you do. Grab your bathing suit, sunglasses and sun tan lotion and network in a non-intimidating environment at the luxurious and relaxing Starr Pass swimming pool. Umbrella drinks are a requirement for entry! NO CRCE will be offered for this event.