Transport Section Chair
Flight Respiratory Therapist
Member Since: 2014
Elections Committee Questions:
Within your role, and if given the opportunity, how would you incorporate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to uphold, update, and uplift the AARC as an organization, all AARC affiliates, and all AARC members?
We are all one family, as a profession and an organization. Who we are and what we represent is all inclusive. When I came into the profession over 27 years ago, it was almost unheard of to know about the respiratory profession over in Africa and in Asia and even in parts of Europe and Canada. In that time, we have expanded globally to include all cultures from very diverse backgrounds and working environments. The transport section is unique in that we have the ability to influence so many people, literally around the world, from our service men and women who represent us globally transporting the sick and injured, and also those who are representing our profession in the international fixed wing environment. In my role if elected, I would like to utilize those individuals with the far reaching ability to continue to promote our profession and organization, so that we continue to grow and become a true global entity, no matter the culture or the creed. We are one family.
What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?
We have to promote ourselves on a larger scale. When I go to health fairs and to public events and say “I’m a Respiratory Therapist”, I still hear what everyone else hears…”oh, so you help people breathe?” Yes, we do…and so much more! I believe we need to engage our younger population at the high school level to show who and what we do as Respiratory Professionals. I knew about our profession because my friends father was an RRT. No one told me about it, so I briefly thought about being a nurse because that was highlighted at health fairs and by recruiters. Reaching our youth and promoting our profession can encourage job growth and also increase our organization membership. Reaching out to current professionals and engaging them on how the AARC works for them and what the organization represents can also encourage growth. If they say “what does the AARC do for us”, then they truly don’t know and that’s where we can have what I like to call crucial conversations!
Value of section membership is important. If given the opportunity to represent, what would be some steps you would take to continue to increase the value of section membership and gain further engagement of section members?
The transport group are professionals who represent a small fraction of our large family yet we share some commonalities with other sections. I would like to reach out to those sections and share who WE are, and encourage others to join the transport section to share their insight and professional perspective and who THEY are, with us. Acute Care, Neo-Peds, and Education Sections all share what the Transport Members represent, that being having a knowledge base in all those aspects of care. We strive to remain current in the adult population, the neonatal and pediatric populations and certainly, we couldn’t be proficient in what we do without continuing education and being educators and preceptors ourselves. Reaching out and sharing who we are with other sections that might share some of our principles would be key in possibly increasing our section members!