Lynda Goodfellow, EdD, RRT, FAARC
Georgia State University
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Member Since: 1980
Elections Committee Questions:
What AARC or Chartered Affiliate offices/positions have you held where you feel you made a significant contribution to our profession? What is the contribution and how will you apply it to your new position, if elected?
I was fortunate to be President of the Georgia Society for Respiratory Care (GSRC) in 1993, the year that state licensure (Georgia HB 491) became law. I recall the consensus and networking skills that GSRC members exemplified during this process, which clearly changed the practice of respiratory care in Georgia. Since 2008, my involvement with the AARC on the 2015 and Beyond conferences and subsequent committees are equally significant. As chair of the Taskforce on Competencies for Entry into Respiratory Therapy Practice in 2016, we found of the 202 competencies reviewed, 153 competencies must be proficient upon entry to professional practice and 49 competencies after entry. These two experiences will guide me as I work to further the mission of the AARC.
What experience would you bring to the AARC to accomplish the goals set out by President Walsh?
Being a respiratory therapist is a rewarding and demanding endeavor. The goals related to safety, quality and value are imperative to the future of respiratory care. I believe my experience as an educator is my greatest strength as I want all students to reach their full potential as a respiratory therapist. When we function, as the saying goes, “at the top of our game,” our patients are receiving the best quality care because evidence-based practices are in use. This care is delivered via protocols, disease management pathways or practice guidelines. Our value comes through as a result and this differentiation ensures patient safety and quality of care.
What ideas do you have to attract non-members to join the AARC?
I appreciate my AARC membership for many reasons, not the least of which is belonging to a group of professionals with like-minded values. However, for some, “AARC non-member” is what they seem to prefer. I have often wondered “Why?” Perhaps we have failed to demonstrate that being a “non-member” is not good for your career and leads to a lack of opportunity. There is evidence for this as one nursing study found that the only variable that rated statistically significantly higher by current members as compared to former members was “improvement of my work” (J Perianesth Nurs. 2003 Feb;18(1):8-17). We as individual members cannot just rely on the AARC executive office to recruit new members. Each of us as members must speak to our colleagues, staff and students about their membership. We, above all else, must model the professionalism and involvement that being a member of the AARC requires.
How would you, as a member of the AARC Executive Committee, work to move the profession forward based on the work done by our current and previous presidents?
I have a long-sustained history of active participation at the state level, as a specialty section member, as Director-at-large and as Vice-President of Internal Affairs. Therefore, I am very familiar with the direction mapped by the current and previous presidents, going back to Dr. Toni Rodriguez’ tenure in 2008. Their leadership skills have proven to move the profession forward. I will be able to move the profession forward by working with the board of directors, our membership and with other organizations to advance the value and worth of all respiratory therapists who are the “airway expert” to the patients we serve. As chair of the Vision Grant committee, my responsibility is to recommend proposals to the executive committee and board of directors that further the goals of the AARC in a way that professionally and educationally move the profession forward.