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confessions of a RRT - page 5

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. Visit  marie.rn2419 profile page
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    I'm hoping you're just venting and feeling unappreciated. I get it. I've been there from the nursing side. I love the RTs I work with. I'm always interested to learn a little something from them, and I've gotten some gems from the good ones!

    **Editing to add..

    Oh my goodness. I had typed my reply before reading more of your comments OP. I tried to give you the benefit of the doubt.. I take it back!
    Last edit by marie.rn2419 on Jan 12 : Reason: read OPs other comments....
  2. Visit  yahoomagoo profile page
    #53 0
    "who have a license to do everything that you do" that must be why there are 120,000 RRTs in the country with their own license and own degree(s) someone just played a big trick on us and we all turned out to be undercover nursing assistance. so go ahead and brush off that respiratory therapist that you hate so much and do your own tx's,bipaps,cpaps,highflows,intubations, extubations etc then show the guy that fires you where exactly on your license it states that you can especially the part where it says you can be super nurse and set up a bare naked ventilator set it up to whatever your heart desires and plug that baby right into that ET tube.
  3. Visit  yahoomagoo profile page
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    Oh I get it. Although Ill be a fully licensed perfusionist, im still not a nurse and therefore should be less respected.right. you can do that job too its just a bunch of tubes and blood, no math or physics at all. go ahead and press the alarm silence button or kink a tube, lay a hair on it. you will be eaten alive by...me. Afterward go ahead an run to the MD and assure him/her that you're a nurse and im a perfusionist see if you get your way then. now go be a good nurse and abuse your RRT's and hang those saline bags.
  4. Visit  Wile E Coyote profile page
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    "who have a license to do everything that you do" that must be why there are 120,000 RRTs in the country with their own license and own degree(s) someone just played a big trick on us and we all turned out to be undercover nursing assistance. so go ahead and brush off that respiratory therapist that you hate so much and do your own tx's,bipaps,cpaps,highflows,intubations, extubations etc then show the guy that fires you where exactly on your license it states that you can especially the part where it says you can be super nurse and set up a bare naked ventilator set it up to whatever your heart desires and plug that baby right into that ET tube.
    I notice that you've chosen to not address the large majority stories where we view our RT buds positively...and the several previous posters that have made that same observation.

    Not that my opinion here means squat, but I vote that we all just leave this new member to his/her own misery and interact no further.

  5. Visit  heinz57 profile page
    #56 5
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    so go ahead and brush off that respiratory therapist that you hate so much and do your own tx's,bipaps,cpaps,highflows,intubations, extubations etc then show the guy that fires you where exactly on your license it states that you can especially the part where it says you can be super nurse and set up a.
    Wow! You have failed led to read any of the posts here. Almost everyone posted about respect for the RTs on their team.

    If you read any State Board of Nursing's scope of practice, you will see it is very broad. If the job calls for it, the nurse will probably be able to do it. As you stated, there are only 120,000 RTs. There are many hospitals across the US which do not have Respiratory Therapists in house. RTs are not recognized as professionals in a lot of situations including out of hospital, outpatient and Critical Access Hospitals. Some states don't allow RTs on transport teams. Check your own scope of practice.

    You got your feelings hurt because you refused to be a team player. Now you are taking your anger out on all nurses. You are also abandoning the RT profession for what you think will be a better working situation . But, in the process you are leaving a huge black eye on the professional Respiratory Therapists who are our co-workers and team mates in patients care.
  6. Visit  Sour Lemon profile page
    #57 5
    OP, if you hit the "quote" button in the lower right corner of a post, people will know who you're responding to. I haven't read through everything, but I did see something about empty suction canisters at the beginning of your shift. If you happen to start your shift when nursing does, they might have just been emptied. I typically change mine out right before I leave for the day.
  7. Visit  /username profile page
    #58 1
    Quote from heinz57
    Wow! You have failed led to read any of the posts here. Almost everyone posted about respect for the RTs on their team.

    If you read any State Board of Nursing's scope of practice, you will see it is very broad. If the job calls for it, the nurse will probably be able to do it. As you stated, there are only 120,000 RTs. There are many hospitals across the US which do not have Respiratory Therapists in house. RTs are not recognized as professionals in a lot of situations including out of hospital, outpatient and Critical Access Hospitals. Some states don't allow RTs on transport teams. Check your own scope of practice.

    You got your feelings hurt because you refused to be a team player. Now you are taking your anger out on all nurses. You are also abandoning the RT profession for what you think will be a better working situation . But, in the process you are leaving a huge black eye on the professional Respiratory Therapists who are our co-workers and team mates in patients care.

    OP might be able to do transport on the whambulance...?
  8. Visit  CS911 profile page
    #59 3
    Quote from yahoomagoo
    "who have a license to do everything that you do" that must be why there are 120,000 RRTs in the country with their own license and own degree(s) someone just played a big trick on us and we all turned out to be undercover nursing assistance. so go ahead and brush off that respiratory therapist that you hate so much and do your own tx's,bipaps,cpaps,highflows,intubations, extubations etc then show the guy that fires you where exactly on your license it states that you can especially the part where it says you can be super nurse and set up a bare naked ventilator set it up to whatever your heart desires and plug that baby right into that ET tube.
    We have those people. They are called CRNAs. We don't hate you [RTs], but you obviously worked at a terrible hospital.
    Last edit by CS911 on Jan 12
  9. Visit  ED_Murse profile page
    #60 5
    Don't feed the trolls.....
  10. Visit  nursel56 profile page
    #61 0
    Even though many have already said this, I will too. Maybe the OP will benefit from reinforcement. Yahoomagoo, the environment you describe sounds like a toxic unit culture, it's not the norm.

    I've never regarded RTs with anything other than respect. I don't understand the basis for an adversarial approach here, just as there isn't with the pharmacist, the nutritionist, PT and so on.

    Whenever my private duty shift coincides with a visit from the RT, I ask as many questions as I can, because my patients all have trachs, vents, CPAP, nebulizer Tx either or some combination of those. I rely on RT just as I'm sure the MD does

    Hoping you're able to find a more congenial workplace.
  11. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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