Manager Cardiopulmonary, Sleep Disorders Center, OP Wound Center
Ochsner Medical Center
Member Since: 1983
Elections Committee Questions:
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the AARC and what do you recommend to address it?
The biggest changes we’re facing as an organization is membership, perception of the AARC, advocacy, and diversity and inclusion. Recently the AARC BOD, HOD Officers and the AARC Executive Staff met to start the process of developing a new strategic plan. This process is the first step in advancing the profession forward and removing obstacles.
We need to continue to engage and stay focused with our current members and reconnect with therapist that have chosen to allow their membership to lapse. We need to understand why those memberships lapsed.
Respiratory Therapist were in the spotlight and public view during the COVID Pandemic. Members feel the AARC didn’t continue the momentum in the public eye. The AARC needs to continue to advance the focus of elevating the profession on a local, state, and national level.
As our membership becomes more diverse, a culture of diversity and inclusion needs to exist and be visible in the AARC mission and vision.
What ideas do you have to help todays Respiratory Therapist recover from the pandemic and what do you feel is the main issue Respiratory Care Practitioners are facing, and what key solutions should be addressed to support our profession?
Our Profession is dealing with a shortage of Respiratory Therapist throughout the United States. We are expected to do more with less. The COVID Pandemic has taken a toll on the medical profession as a whole. Therapist are burnt out and feel their recognition is fading. We need to look at building back resilience within the RT Profession.
A collaboration has been established with the AARC, NBRC, and CoARC, to raise public awareness for Respiratory Therapy. Hospital Management and RT Programs need to align with this collaboration to bring further awareness and recognition to the Respiratory Profession. Education, Mentorship and Shadowing needs to begin in the school systems at a young age. Most students are exposed to the health care arena by identifying with only Nurses and Doctors. All stakeholders, need to embrace and promote the concept of the Public Awareness collaboration. This will help drive students to RT Programs across the US. Students are the future.
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?
To promote Advocacy of the Profession by engagement and mentoring.
It is imperative as professionals we ensure and sustain our value and importance throughout the healthcare arena and to continue to prove our indispensable roles as Respiratory Therapists. We need to be at the forefront of the ever-changing world of healthcare. Further communication with our State Affiliates and their Membership on the importance to align with the AARC. All members need to be on the team in order to promote and work towards achieving the platform and goals being developed in the strategic plan by the AARC.