UNC Hospitals; NC Children’s Hospital and NC Women’s Hospital
Carolina Air Care
Chapel Hill, NC
Transport Therapist AARC member since 2003
American Association for Respiratory Care Neonatal Pediatrics Speciality Section Practitioner of the Year Award, December 2007. Member, Neonatal and Pediatric Specialty Section. Member, Surface and Air Transport Section.
Board of Directors, North Carolina Society for Respiratory Care 2008-Current, Program and Education Committee NC Society 2006-Current, Board of Directors, NC Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2007-Current, Strathmore's Who's Who 2007-2008 for individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry or profession.
Johnston Community College Adjunct Faculty: Training for Certified Intensive Care Provider Course through the Cleveland Clinic. Lectures include: Airway Lab and Rapid Sequence Induction, Pediatric and Neonatal Transport, Pediatric and Neonatal Disease Processes. Endocrine Emergencies, Hemodynamic Monitoring, Ventricular Assist Devices and Management, Balloon Pump Management, OB and GYN Emergencies, Ventilator Management, Ventilator Lab, Capnography, Cardiovascular Emergencies, Transport Issues, Safety and Survival, Industry Standards, Aircraft Standards, Flight Physiology. Member of Mid-Carolina State Medical Assistance Team, North Carolina, Lead Respiratory Therapist for Mid-Carolina Team. Basic Cardiac Life Support Instructor (BCLS), American Heart Association. Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor (ACLS), AHA. Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor (PALS), AHA. Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP), American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric International Trauma Life Support Instructor (PITLS). Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course Coordinator for UNC Hospitals, American College of Surgeons, ECMO Specialist.
RRT, Sandhills Community College, Southern Pines, NC 1994; NPS, National Board For Respiratory Care Certified Intensive Care Provider (CICP), Cleveland Clinic, 2006.
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, High Frequency Percussive Ventilation in a Pediatric Patient with Hydrocarbon Aspiration, author, June 2007.
What is your vision of the AARC in 2015?
To increase membership and member activity in the AARC. To provide more education and outreach throughout the country in order to spark professionals to recognize respiratory care as a great profession that is continuing to grow and prosper; and to provide excellence in patient care and research. Increase awareness of the respiratory care profession, especially in the economic times we are living in, and show what a vital role we play in every aspect of the healthcare profession.
What have you done in the last 5 years to promote the profession in your community?
In the last 5 years, I have spoken at many meetings and sat on several committees to represent the profession of respiratory care. I have increased the awareness of how important respiratory care is as a profession and how important it is to have respiratory care practitioners involved in every aspect of healthcare. I have worked on outreach projects throughout the state of North Carolina to provide education and training to hospitals that refer patients to Level 1 Trauma Centers. I have gone on mission trips to Mulago Hospital in Africa and implemented bubble CPAP in the NICU. I was with a team that performed the first pediatric cardiothoracic surgery there. Because there are no RTs in Africa, we did a lot of teaching to the physician on ventilators, blood gas machines, and oxygen. I have also been involved in transport; I’m a hands on person on top of my managerial duties.