Should Respiratory Care get its own mid-level provider credential? - page 4

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I know this is primarily a nursing forum, but Respiratory and RRT/RN dual title holders are also very prominent in this forum, but me being an RRT/and current PA student, I have an interest in this particular question: Every... Read More


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    But People would choose the doctorate PA over medical school because Med School is still Med School and takes a over a decade of committment and sacrifices.
    *** Maybe you are right. However as PA starts to rival MD school in lenghth, expence and sacrafice required but WITHOUT the financial and social standing rewards afforded MDs at the end fewer people will make that choice. I also think that the best and brightest will steer away from PA to a field where the compensation more closely matches the investment. At one time I wanted to go the PA route too. That is until I saw how PAs get treated by their physicians supervisors in the hospital and realized there was little if any differences between PA vs RN pay. I started another thread here on AN about this. Here is my post that makes my point:

    "I am not an NP. I am a full time rapid response nurse at a teaching hospital. This morning I stopped in to residents office to update the night residents on what had happened with their patients and what I had done. They were in the middel of sign out to the day team including several interns, residents, the chief resident and the attending. After I was done an intern speaks up and says "PMFB you should become a PA!". This was met with a rousing round of "NOooos" & "no way!" from the residents and attending. The intern looked confused. The chief resident leans over to her and says "PAs are at the bottom of the medical word. PMFB should become and NP, they are at the top of the nursing world".
    The attending and other residents all readily agreed. I thought it was an interesting insight into physician thoughts about mid levels. "


    Many of you may completely disagree with me on this but I honestly believe its a lot harder to become a PA than an NP.
    *** As one who had investigated PA school I agree.

    I know plenty of RT's who only want to be RN's so they can be CRNA's.
    *** Same for a lot of RNs.

    And Lastly, is there a need? You dont think there is? I STRONGLY Disagree. I think there is a strong shortage on the horizion looming for PULMONOLOGISTS among many other physician types and actually could be one of the most heavily affected specialties. A Mid Level Provider could help bridge the gap and who'd be better to bridge that gap then Respiratory Care?
    *** First I am always very skeptical of predicted shortages. If you will remeber there was, and is, a lot of false "nurseing shortage" propaganda. I will believe in a pulmonologist shortage when I see it. Second I thin that if such a gap occures NPs and PAs are already perfectly suited to fill that roll.
    Last edit by PMFB-RN on Feb 17, '13
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    .but its my opinion that I personally believe that some changes and advancements will happen in the future to both Nursing and Respiratory Care
    *** Requiring a higher degree / more investment for the same job is NOT "advancement" If it is your opion that there will be advancements in nursing and RTs please elobrate on what the advancement will be. Simply requiring a higher degree isn't advancement.

    To respond to another part of your post:

    *** In what way has degree inflation "advanced" those professions? What can the doctoraly prepared PTs do that the master prepared could not do? How much more are doctorate prepared PTs paid vs masters prepared PTs? Please explain how those professions who have required a doctorate have advanced."

    BTW I think Nurses are paid ok for going through a two year community college program as well! At my former facility where I worked before PA School, I started out at 21.50/hr and the ceiling was 32.00 to my knowledge.....Nurses started out at 3-4 dollars more and had a higher ceiling at around 40. So i'd say they're both pretty well paid.....And I was always amazed at how much money those Radiation Therapists made
    *** At my hospital RNs start around $65K a year and have the potential to make well over $100K/year withing 5-10 years. RTs start around $45K and have the potential to make $65K after 10-20 years experience. I don't even know what a radiation therapist is. We radiation techs that only make around $20 an hour after years of experience. My hospital also views RT as not being required. The ICU nurses are fully capable of running their own vents, weaning and drawing ABGs and the floor nurses can do treatments and put people on their c-pap.
    In fact when there have been times when there was no RT available for a shift (usually have 3 on nights) they float an ICU nurse to cover RT. I don't often have my own ICU patients anymore but when I do I run my own vents and the RT does the once a shift vent checks and serves as a vent consultant in the unlikely event I need one. Other than that they leave my patients alone.

    However for RT's it all depends on your location and facility. I DO NOT know this as a fact but I have heard that anywhere that is located in the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, and Northern Midwest tend to pay better and gain more respect than RT's in the south.
    *** Pretty much true for all non physicians in health care.
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    Just what the public needs, another credential in the alphabet soup of health care providers. Heck, even dental hygienist are trying to get there own mid-level (I hate that term). NPs make sense, PAs make sense (although I think it would make more sense to significantly shorten MD/DO residencies for non specialists) advanced practice RTs and dental hygienists don't make sense. But who knows maybe I will live long enough to see the day when we have advanced practice physical therapy assistants that have the same degree as the original PTs.
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    It's funny to me that while professions such as nursing are pushing for academic inflation, the medical profession is experimenting with SHORTENING its academic training, from 4 years to 3.
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    Sometimes I wonder if the academic inflation and student loans(the two are co-dependent) is like the housing bubble a few years ago. Everyone thought housing was an investment that couldn't go wrong.
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    There is a push in some states to offer $10,000 bachelor degrees (non nursing degrees) Some of the suggestion to make these degrees feasible include shortening it to 6 semesters and doing the first 2-4 semesters at a community college.
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    I agree with PMFB-RN, as well as Ktliz - many MDs think the length of MD edu is a joke, they feel that the first two years especially, could be totally dropped as a waste of time and money.

    I have two degrees. Lets get serious. Higher education in many aspects has been one of the biggest scams around. Time to end it. When you are just a kid going to college for your first time, you tend to not question. But when you become a working adult, things should become clear to you, unless you are someone who just can't get it together at all, you should have realized you've been taken.

    Heck, I felt that I had no need for my actual nursing classes. I wanted to eliminate the actual nursing class time. I am better on my own. I felt I could be on my own totally for the coursework, then, come in for evaluation/testing. I also ended up buying non nursing books to enhance my study. I ended up often only using those - excepting the NANDA crap, which I needed a nursing book for in order to pass testing (easy to eliminate nursing diagnosis from coursework - should be the first thing eliminated). Critical to me would be taking all class time away - but use that time to more than double clinical site time. The college should focus on having the best clinical teaching staff possible. Fearless awesome instructors only need apply. Any lab time can also be eliminated. I set up my own practice lab at home easily. Once I did that, I never went to the college lab except for eval. Many video's exist online of skills, and those were all I needed.

    I'm one for just laying the truth out there for everybody to be forced to acknowledge and deal with. Most of what's present now needs to be eliminated. The entire system for Nursing and Medicine needs to be torn apart and reconstructed.
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    About the "MD shortage" I've been telling MDs I know online that they are going down the same road as nursing, as far as a fake "shortage" goes. They all bluster how they'll all just quit and show the world that with all the bad that has come from stellar mistakes they've made (joining the hospital networks and becoming employees, is the biggest one), this will be the cause of the shortage. LOL. I tell them that their employers are spending millions in think tank money trying to figure out a way they can get rid of MDs. That is more like what the problem is. It's either drastically reduce MD salary and/or eliminate every "power" they had now that they are employees of the network. This is happening and now, they see it in practice and see the comparisons to what has happened to nursing and yeah, they are scared. Think of that. There isn't much else that an MD qualifies for as far as employment goes, except try to scam their own... and that is another subject.
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    I had a foreign MD that couldn't find a residency (had been looking for 2 years) teach my physiology class, talk about scary!
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    Quote from netglow
    I agree with PMFB-RN, as well as Ktliz - many MDs think the length of MD edu is a joke, they feel that the first two years especially, could be totally dropped as a waste of time and money.
    *** The length of MD education acomplishes it's goal. That is to limit both the number of people who are willing to do it, and the type of people who can become physicians. They only want certain kinds of people to be MDs and one of the way they weed out the unwanted is the length and expence of education. Nursing is trying hard to do the same. Clearly the house wife in her 30's or the laid off factory workers who can become RNs in a couple - three years inexpensivly and close to their home via a community college as not what is wanted as the future of nursing. Better to drasticaly increase the time and expence (without providing anymore nursing education) and inconvenience but forcing anyone who wants to be an RN go to a university and spend tens of thousands on a BSN. The proposed BSN required is desinged to keep out those undesirable types.
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