Clinical Program/Account Manager DM, CM, and UM
Member Since: 1985
Elections Committee Questions:
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the AARC and what do you recommend to address it?
When I am asked what my profession is, and I tell people I am a Registered Respiratory Therapist, they ask “what is that and what do you do?” I think the biggest challenge currently facing the AARC is the lack of recognition of our profession. The AARC has recently taken steps to increase our recognition by working with the NBRC and CoARC on an ad campaign to bring awareness to the respiratory therapy profession. The AARC will need every respiratory therapist to support the campaign in the coming years. I would also recommend partnering with other clinical professions such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, etc. to support and advocate for our profession. During the peak of the pandemic RTs were mentioned occasionally. Our time for recognition is now. RTs must be part of the interdisciplinary clinical team and each of us should strive to be a part of that team. RTs must be at the table when patient care is being discussed. If we are not at the table, we’re on the menu.
Healthcare is changing more rapidly than ever. What do you feel is the main issue Respiratory Care Practitioners are facing, and what are the key solutions that you feel should be addressed to support our profession?
The main issue Respiratory Care Practitioners are currently facing along with recognition is promoting our profession. To appropriately promote our profession respiratory therapists should possess at least a bachelor’s degree as entry level to the profession and RRT credentials. The RT profession needs this change to be considered as a health care professional by CMS. Each of us must do our part in promoting our profession. We should represent respiratory care at the legislative level by participating in all AARC’s lobby days and PACT week to support any legislation positively recognizing RTs. We must recruit students to the profession to keep the profession strong and viable. All RTs should strive to work to the fullest extent of our license. We must advocate and promote the profession to fellow therapists to become members of the AARC and to be involved in the mission and vision. RTs should collaborate with other healthcare professionals and organizations for support and advocacy.
Your role as Director-at-large is to represent the general AARC membership. If given the opportunity to represent, how would you use your skills and experience to advance and advocate for the respiratory care profession?
My strongest skills are organizing, planning and managing. I have experience in management and leadership, project development and management in both the clinical and business side of health care. I would use all of these skills to create and take on programs/project “outside of the box” of traditional respiratory care. In order to advance and advocate for the respiratory care profession, I feel we (the AARC BOD) should provide more outreach and information to our state-chartered affiliates. Information exchange regarding promoting, advancing and advocating for the profession should not only be shared with the affiliate President and President-Elect, but with each states’ Board of Directors. I think the Directors-at-Large can take on the role of assisting the AARC President and President-Elect by participating in virtual meetings with state-affiliates’ BOD. The AARC is only as good as the state-affiliates and vice-versa. Seamless communication is key to a successful organization.