confessions of a RRT - page 2

Dear fellow healthcare colleagues, Growing up I had a father who had multiple diagnosed respiratory issues from working at the factory. I remember the night stand filled with inhalers and a... Read More

  1. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    I passed my boards and received my license to practice medicine with a focus in respiratory therapy.
    You do not have a "license to practice medicine". You have a license to practice respiratory therapy. Huge difference. I'm thinking that may be part of the problem.
  2. by   datalore
    The only RRTs I don't get along with have attitudes just like this. I call our hospital's RRTs so I can learn from their expertise, and there's mutual trust between our interlinked professions. The very small minority who look at every RN like we all have a chip on our shoulder (whether we do or not), are never able to see how much we respect RRTs and value their input and assistance. I can't help that. I'd be lost with my RRTs teaching me so much over the course of my practice. Not saying all RNs are team players, but likely it's not just RRTs they treat that way and karma finds them too. But if you give most RNs the chance and benefit of the doubt... However, it's human nature to see what you expect to see in others, and you reap what you sow.
  3. by   rescueninja1987
    I can say where I work everyone has a mutual respect for one another. The observations and opinions of a respiratory therapist are valued by the nurses, as well as the pulmonologists. Sorry you've had such a bad experience. I tend to just drive right past condescending remarks, but I will concur with the others and warn you that surgeons can be very difficult to deal with (although most of the ones I work with are really nice). Anyways, best of luck!

    P.S. If the scenario about the clogged/malfunctioning chest tube is true, you should really just go ahead and point it out, it's not that patient's fault you don't get along with that nurse.
  4. by   AceOfHearts<3
    I work on a unit with a respiratory focus and I love our RRTs and pulmonary rehab people! I happily let them do their thing, ask questions, and ask them to help with patent teaching when it's something I don't deal with often that they know better than me. I trust and respect all of them except one (there was an incident where one didn't hook my patient back up to his oxygen properly and the patient became hypoxic as a result).

    I hope you feel better after that rant. Your attitude doesn't seem the best, so good luck with your future endeavors.

    a "savage" RN
    Last edit by AceOfHearts<3 on Jan 11, '17
  5. by   RNperdiem
    Best of luck in your new adventures.
    I am sorry you didn't have good working relations with many of the nurses.
    Personally, I think of the RTs as my brothers(and sisters) in arms. When things go south with a patient, who cannot be grateful when RT shows up? We have battled the forces of death and desaturation many times together.
  6. by   bsyrn
    I understand that was venting but I don't understand why you felt the need to come to allnurses just to bash nurses. Best of luck with your new co-workers.
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    Hope you feel better with all that venom off your chest.

    Everyplace I've ever worked in the last 40 years, relations between nurses and respiratory therapists have been cordial and collegial. I'm thinking that if you're experiencing that much difficulty getting along with nursing, the problem might be you. Perhaps you don't realize that you're not licensed to practice medicine and your difficulty ensues from thinking that you are.
  8. by   sevensonnets
    Dear Yahoomagoo: Go eat your lunch. I can handle your job for you ABGs to trach care to vents. Been doing it in CVI for 37 years.
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  10. by   sallyrnrrt
    I hope you really feel better, Sally both RN 45 years, and RRT 12 years.......
  11. by   SC_RNDude
    Surgeons, especially cardiothoracic surgeons, are sweet as pie. As are OR nurses.

    I'm sure you will get along well!
  12. by   /username
    Hey dude, your inferiority complex is showing.
  13. by   RotorRunner
    I am a flight nurse who flies rotor and fixed wing daily with my RT partners. I have immense respect for your profession, and the knowledge and skill you bring to managing patients. Thanks for all you do.

    But you lost me with that "savage" comment. Sorry your experience has been so poor.