Adult Acute Care Chair
Maria Madden, MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS
Research Coordinator and ECMO Specialist Per Diem
University of Maryland Medical Center/R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma
Member Since: 2009
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?
In my 28 years of experience as a critical care respiratory therapist, I have shown a dedication to the advancement of our practice by leading and participating in research, education, and publication. I feel these qualities aide me in the ability to assist President Schell’s in her vision for the future of respiratory care. I understand first-hand the importance of nurturing the growth and development of respiratory therapists. I consistently advocate for higher education because I know the value that my Master’s Degree in Respiratory Care has brought to my ability to improve my critical thinking skills and to coach and lead other clinicians. I am passionate about patient care and aim to provide the best possible care for the future of respiratory care.
What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?
To increase the AARC Membership I think we need to ensure that the AARC message reaches out to every respiratory program and department. I feel it should be a requirement that all the respiratory programs have the students enroll to learn firsthand what the AARC has to offer and to increase engagement to our professional organization.
I also feel it is the responsibility of the respiratory manager and educator of every department to make sure that their staff is aware of what the AARC has to offer for them. It is also important to encourage and support staff members to attend their first AARC Congress to hopefully develop their interest in getting involved with professional growth.
What do you feel are the top two or three opportunities facing your section that you believe should be addressed during your term?
1. INCREASE MEMBERSHIP! I would like to familiarize every adult critical care therapist to this section for the great opportunity to enhance their knowledge by working as a team to educate and broaden our horizon. Each one of us has a topic that they are passionate about; sharing that expertise is an invaluable asset.
2. INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSIONS. I would want to engage more therapists in a friendly discussion board. Sharing our different backgrounds, thoughts, beliefs, and experiences leads to different opinions on a subject that creates a stimulating and thought-provoking discussions. Hopefully leading to improved patient care and collaborating on research projects.