Originally posted by Mattigan
The Registered guys or the the other ones that worked at Burger King last week and had OJT and tell me what I need to do?????
What are you trying to say here??
Your post is unclear to me.
I work with RTs and vent patients every day. I do confer consult and discuss patient problems with them. There are time I have the good sense to defer to thier judgement. I will sometimes ASK them about a best course of action. This is thier speciality. It is no more degrading to do this with an RT than to keep a patient NPO when a speech therapist says a patient has a swallow problem based on HER eval.
Yes I am the nurse and ultimately in charge of pt. care but there is a reason we have these specilized therapist. It is because a nurse cannot be all things to all people with the depth of knowledge and experience of all these specilized therapist.
We work together combining all our expertise to give the patient better care than would otherwise be possible.
If I misunderstood your post then I apologize now.
Yes I am capable of acting as an RT and have done it. I was trained to do swallow evals but the speech therapist has much more indepth training and skill and experience at this.
Consentrated specialized training and education is a lot different than the general education we have. Even when nurses specialze we are generalist in that speciality because of the broad area we must cover unlike therapists.
I hope I misunderstood you.