Respritory therapy - page 2

Has anyone thought about the respiratory therapy program instead of nursing? If so why? Is it a big difference between nursing,and what's the difference? lbowknee... Read More

  1. by   marcieg
    Airis, I wonder-did you have any healthcare experience before you went into the RT program? It's sounds like radiology will work out better for you.
    I have worked in hospice as an aide for 4 years now, and ALL my patients die, it would be nice to see some people get better. I am just tired of poop, poop, poop, and all the other bodily fluids that are collected in various tubes and bags (usually poop related, lol). Good luck on your new program.
  2. by   kharing
    Time depends on the school you choose. The program I am in is five semesters of clinicals - not including pre/co requisite requirements and is considered an Associates Degree.
  3. by   airis
    Quote from marcieg
    Airis, I wonder-did you have any healthcare experience before you went into the RT program? It's sounds like radiology will work out better for you.
    I have worked in hospice as an aide for 4 years now, and ALL my patients die, it would be nice to see some people get better. I am just tired of poop, poop, poop, and all the other bodily fluids that are collected in various tubes and bags (usually poop related, lol). Good luck on your new program.
    No, I did not have healthcare experience but so were my classmates. Maybe its just not what I really wanted to do. I do have a lot of family that are in the medical field. My husband is an RN, my sister is an RN, my brother is an RadTech, my younger brother is an LVN, my dad is a retired doctor, my cousins are like all RN'S. Dont get me wrong I love studying about the respiratory system, ventilators, PFT, trach, etc. When I was at school I loved it! I was learning so much and everything I learned was something I really love!!!Everything was going fine until I started doing my clinicals. Everything just went dark and I lost my motivation to finish RT. So, I stopped eventhough I only had like 5 months to graduate. I wasnt happy at my clinical. The RT staff was super nice. ALthough I didnt like my classmate I was with during clinical, she was trying too hard to impress everyone in the hospital, pissed me off. She would command me, tell me what to do and tell me what i did wrong infront of the RT supervisor. It really pissed me off because she was only a student just like me. The RT wasnt even telling me what I did wrong my classmate WAS!!!!!!! AGGH. ALso, i would go for a 35 mins lunch instead of 30 mins and she was telling everyone I take longer lunch.SHe timed me everytime i take breaks. When I suctioned a patient she was always looking at me waiting for me to make mistakes so she can tell the supervisor. Everytime i see her I hear " thats not how u do it, you should do like this and that,this and this and that. ANyway, I really did like studying for RT but the clinicals turned me off.
  4. by   kharing
    Quote from airis
    No, I did not have healthcare experience but so were my classmates. Maybe its just not what I really wanted to do. I do have a lot of family that are in the medical field. My husband is an RN, my sister is an RN, my brother is an RadTech, my younger brother is an LVN, my dad is a retired doctor, my cousins are like all RN'S. Dont get me wrong I love studying about the respiratory system, ventilators, PFT, trach, etc. When I was at school I loved it! I was learning so much and everything I learned was something I really love!!!Everything was going fine until I started doing my clinicals. Everything just went dark and I lost my motivation to finish RT. So, I stopped eventhough I only had like 5 months to graduate. I wasnt happy at my clinical. The RT staff was super nice. ALthough I didnt like my classmate I was with during clinical, she was trying too hard to impress everyone in the hospital, pissed me off. She would command me, tell me what to do and tell me what i did wrong infront of the RT supervisor. It really pissed me off because she was only a student just like me. The RT wasnt even telling me what I did wrong my classmate WAS!!!!!!! AGGH. ALso, i would go for a 35 mins lunch instead of 30 mins and she was telling everyone I take longer lunch.SHe timed me everytime i take breaks. When I suctioned a patient she was always looking at me waiting for me to make mistakes so she can tell the supervisor. Everytime i see her I hear " thats not how u do it, you should do like this and that,this and this and that. ANyway, I really did like studying for RT but the clinicals turned me off.
    There's ALWAYS a student or two in every class that falls into that category regardless of the program! I just ignore them - but also make it clear that I am NOT one to be played with. I set boundaries and focus on the patient and my instructors - negative/distractive students are par for the course!
    For your next program, the things you experienced as an RT student will give you an edge. You now know what you will tolerate - and will be a better professional because of it!

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