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Respiratory therapy vs. Nursing

  1. 0 Hey you guys. I'm in quite a confused state. Recently I've looked into respitory therapy to offset having to wait to get in a rn program. Can anyone tell me if this would be a right move? Wallace has a program and a advisor looked over my stiff and said I had a very good app to he considered for the program. It's not as competitive Yo get into which really makes me more interested in it. I'm open to any views/opinions. The start off pay seems to be about the same and it seems like I would get the people interaction I would get in nursing which is also a plus!
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  3. Visit  RNandRRT profile page
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    I'd say...............do both.

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  4. Visit  futurernjap profile page
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    Is that possible? And which would u reccomemd starting with first?
  5. Visit  suanna profile page
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    I regret every day not having gone into RT instead of nursing. RT: A crazy patient is swinging and spitting at you- "so sorry, he is refusing treatment" A demanding patient is narcotic seeking : "Hey Nurse..." The patient crashes and burns- "it's not thier fault" Nursing: The more demanding, confused, and violent a patient is the more time you spend with them. Every aspect of the patients stay in the hospital is your responsibility- (including resp threapy). When a patient crashes and burns you call the doctor and more often than not - get blamed for a 92y/o non compliant diabetic smoker who weighs 120kg going into some type of physical decline.
    RT in my area make about 20% less than RNs. No way is what I do is worth only another $5./hr.
  6. Visit  futurernjap profile page
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    Ed my only concern about going the rt route was would I be able to find a job? I stay in Birmingham, and I really don't know the job rate for rn vs. Rt. -"are the job outlooks good for rt?
  7. Visit  RNandRRT profile page
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    Is that possible? And which would u reccomemd starting with first?
    Since I am licensed as both, I would say it's very possible.

    I personally went with Respiratory Care first, and found the experience served me extremely well for my role as an ICU RN.

    Love both. No one is better than the other.
  8. Visit  futurernjap profile page
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    Thanks! You made my decision a whole lot easier! I was just worried I wouldn't be able to find a job in rt. Are the jobs plentiful as this for rns?
  9. Visit  RNandRRT profile page
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    I can tell you in Northern Virginia that there has always been a need for RCPs.

    I can't answer how it goes in Alabama.
  10. Visit  futurernjap profile page
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    thanks so much for th input!n i think im going to do both! aybe do the rt first and go bak for my lpn or rn
  11. Visit  BamaBeachbound78 profile page
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    My theory, if you are going to do the time, go all the way and get your BSN or ADN...From what I hear, the employement market is pretty tough right now. There are more opportunities available for an RN in an health care setting. If you are still debating, check the local hospitals websites and see how many job postings are available for RT vs. RNs. I am a post graduate working on my second degree (Previous BS in Advertising). Going back to school can be a tricky situation once you are out of it for a while. You get caught up in life and the opportunities aren't always there. If you get an ADN, most hospitals you get hired on at will help you with continuing your education for either a BSN fast track or MSN. It just makes more since to devote the time once your in school to go all the way, if an RN degree is what you ultimately want. Work as a PCA/CNA while you are waiting to get into a program, it get's your foot and head into the health care world. You might find tuitition assistance by doing this also.

    Good luck either way!
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  12. Visit  futurernjap profile page
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    Thanks so much for responding! I decided to go the nursing school route, and just got accepted to jeff states rn program! I'm still interested in rt though and I might go back after getting my bsn and get a as in rt. My eventual goal is to become a CRNA and from what I heard having nth under your belt is actually preferred by the schools that offer CRNA because you have extensive knowledge of the cardiopulmonary system! Go figure!
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  13. Visit  butterfly10 profile page
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    Quote from futurernjap
    Thanks so much for responding! I decided to go the nursing school route, and just got accepted to jeff states rn program! I'm still interested in rt though and I might go back after getting my bsn and get a as in rt. My eventual goal is to become a CRNA and from what I heard having nth under your belt is actually preferred by the schools that offer CRNA because you have extensive knowledge of the cardiopulmonary system! Go figure!
    Hey futurernjap, I am in the same boat as you were. I just wanted to know your opinion regarding your decision...are you happy to have chosen RN instead of RT? Thanks
  14. Visit  HM-8404 profile page
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    I have the same decision to make. After spending 8 years as a Navy Corpsman I have applied to the RT program at UAB, the RN program at UAB, Wallace State, and Bevill State. I got my acceptance email for UAB's RT program a couple weeks ago. Will know about my RN apps in next few weeks. I feel pretty confident I will be accepted by at least one of the RN programs. I have searched the Birmingham hospital websites and found very few (6-7) RT jobs posted. I have friends that have graduated RN school and have trouble getting jobs. I am an older student and cannot afford to work 3-5 years as an RT before making enough money to support myself and my son. I have seen where the starting RT pay, if you can get a job, is only about $0.50 an hour less than RN, but the RN pay greatly outpaces the RRT pay over time. I am just not sure which will benefit us more, a BS in RT or an ADN, then pick up the BSN through a mobility program.

    Unfortunately I do not know an RT that will give me a no BS assessment of the RT opportunities.
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