confessions of a RRT - page 3

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   yahoomagoo
    I could openly admit that I know nothing about your IV poles but you can openly admit that maybe just maybe an RRT is a little more knowledgeable than you when it comes to the safety of the patient.
  2. by   Boomer MS, RN
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    I could openly admit that I know nothing about your IV poles but you can openly admit that maybe just maybe an RRT is a little more knowledgeable than you when it comes to the safety of the patient.
    Huh? Not much else to say.
  3. by   pixierose
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    I could openly admit that I know nothing about your IV poles but you can openly admit that maybe just maybe an RRT is a little more knowledgeable than you when it comes to the safety of the patient.
    Umm, I think we have been . In certain instances, yes. Hence, the team approach. Or is it that "license to practice medicine" you've mentioned?

    Again, you are angry and taking it out on the wrong people. Of course, it's easier to be venomous to a message board full of anonymous people. Tell me, have you ever spoken to your RN co-workers? I'm thinking not. Why? It's easier to play the victim mentality, build everything out of proportion, and then take it out on people who *aren't even your co-workers.*
    Last edit by pixierose on Jan 11 : Reason: spelling
  4. by   RotorRunner
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    I could openly admit that I know nothing about your IV poles but you can openly admit that maybe just maybe an RRT is a little more knowledgeable than you when it comes to the safety of the patient.
    That is incredibly condescending. I will go out on a limb and suggest that if you're having difficulty communicating with other members of the interdisciplinary team it is because of that attitude.
  5. by   yahoomagoo
    all the nurses on the floor ive been working on habitually bash me non stop. I literally went on that floor with a mentality that I can be a part of their team. They don't listen to any of my concerns about patients, they side track the MD's up their when I go to them with suggestions, They DO not want a well informed therapist up there that knows their stuff. they want an obedient dumb therapist who just says "ok" "sure" "no problem" "yeap" and thats it.
  6. by   NurseLauraM
    The sheer length of your rant is disconcerting. It reeks of self-importance.
  7. by   heinz57
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    I could openly admit that I know nothing about your IV poles but you can openly admit that maybe just maybe an RRT is a little more knowledgeable than you when it comes to the safety of the patient.
    In many places the RTs do their vent checks and disappear into their break room until the next check in about 4 - 6 hours. Nurses stay in the ICUs. The same for the ER. The RT sets up a ventilator or BiPAP and doesn't return until the patient is moved. In both the ICU and ER, nurses are often left to draw the ABG, analyze it and call the doctor if they don't have parameters and protocols to make ventilator adjustments like in CVICU or PACU. The nurses keep those patients safe in your four hour absence.

    I think you will find more places where nurses have taken over all trach care including trach changes, ABG draw and analysis unless lab does it, and of course all MDI and nebulizer treatments. If some RTs feel doing patient care like treatments, IS and suctioning is mundane then it is up to nurses to take back more respiratory therapy. Yes, I said take back.

    But, it sounds like you are already too burnt out to care about the Respiratory Therapists who are very much part of a patient care TEAM.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    all the nurses on the floor ive been working on habitually bash me non stop. I literally went on that floor with a mentality that I can be a part of their team. They don't listen to any of my concerns about patients, they side track the MD's up their when I go to them with suggestions, They DO not want a well informed therapist up there that knows their stuff. they want an obedient dumb therapist who just says "ok" "sure" "no problem" "yeap" and thats it.
    "ALL THE NURSES"?

    Dude, the common denominator is you. YOU are the problem.
  9. by   iluvivt
    A huge part of providing healthcare in a hospital setting is learning how to be part of a team! Respiratory works very well with our nurses and are respected and their suggestions are valued! I am not certain what it is you want from the nurses.It seems as if you need some special recognition. and praise.Respect is earned and if they are all treating you poorly clearly something is wrong.I will go out on a limb and say it is the manner in which you approach them with superiorty and a supposed extensive knowlege base.You did say you are fairly new at this! I would try approaching them as if they too have an extensive knowledge base and experience.Make suggestions by saying,You may already be aware of this but I think we should try X..Y..and Z or I noticed XY and Z and I corrected the problem and I hope it helps.YOU are there not only to provide a service to the patients but to the nurses,who do have a license to do everything that you do.Yes,they can do every bit of your job and in great part came about since nurses were overwhelmed with everythibg under the sun.They are responsible for everything having to do with their patients.You my friend get to focus on one very essential function.
  10. by   chacha82
    I think the Stones wrote a song about this...Ventilator Blues?
    Last edit by chacha82 on Jan 11 : Reason: video
  11. by   chacha82
    this has been a ROUGH week on allnurses, I need another piece of pizza and a bath.
  12. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    I could openly admit that I know nothing about your IV poles but you can openly admit that maybe just maybe an RRT is a little more knowledgeable than you when it comes to the safety of the patient.
    Do you think maybe, just maybe, this attitude is what's causing your negative interaction with your co-workers?

    Especially since the vast majority of people responding to your post have been extremely positive about RTs regardless of the fact that you came on a nursing forum and spewed your vitriol against a bunch of people who haven't ever done anything to you.
  13. by   sallyrnrrt
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    I could openly admit that I know nothing about your IV poles but you can openly admit that maybe just maybe an RRT is a little more knowledgeable than you when it comes to the safety of the patient.

    You you are an embarrassment to RRT, I can say that as I am a 45 year RN and 12 year RRT......for you education nursing has been performing your skills for decades...


    shame are omn your inferiority feelings....

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