Lynda Goodfellow, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC
Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Georgia State University
Member Since: 1980
Elections Committee Questions:
What experience or significant contributions do you have to offer the AARC which would help accomplish one or more of the AARC Horizon Goals as presented by President Schell?
I was 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 therapy in Georgia. Since 2008, my involvement with the AARC on the 2015 and Beyond conferences, and now the RRT for licensure and AS to BS Entry-to-Practice committees are equally significant. Registered Respiratory Therapists with bachelor’s degrees are essential for a well-prepared workforce capable of meeting the demands of healthcare and patient safety. The longer we wait, the greater the marginalization. The best pathway to enhancing the quality of care, differentiating the role of the respiratory therapist, and for ensuring patient safety in all practice locations is through the AARC Horizon Goals. These goals are achievable and I look forward to leading the AARC in this endeavor.
What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?
My AARC membership is important to me because I belong to a group of professionals with like-minded values. However, “AARC non-member” is what some of our colleagues 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. Evidence for this was found whereby 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). Each of us as members must speak to our colleagues, staff and students about AARC membership. Just as in student recruitment, when an educator makes a personal connection to a student, they are likely to attend your program. I believe a personal contact to non-members is a good way to connect for membership. To me, it is worth a conversation of knowing why “Non-Member" is their preferred membership!
What experience can you leverage as AARC President to continue the work of your predecessors and gain momentum for the benefit of the profession?
I have a long-sustained history of active participation at the state level, as a specialty section member, and as an officer on the AARC Board of Directors in strategic and long-range planning. I also served on the National Asthma Educator Certification Board. Lastly, as Senior Associate Dean of the Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University, I am allowed to function as the Dean’s proxy and am able to lead and manage in a variety of business and information situations. These experiences and my familiarity with the direction mapped by my predecessors dating back to Dr. Toni Rodriquez’ tenure in 2008 will serve me well as AARC President. Their leadership skills have proven to move the profession forward. I will continue to move the profession forward by working with 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.