Hello all. I would like to know if any of you knows who has more work load nurse or respiratory therapist. I am going to school for respiratory but at the same time I am thinking about going to nursing school. I know nursing has more options, its an expandable field and also the employment is greater than respiratory but that doesnt really matter to me. What matter to me is the work I do. I want to know the work load and if its more harder than nursing or more stressful.
Thank you all.
Thank you all for your respond.My sister tells me what RT does and she said that they have more responsibility than nursing because their patients are criticallly ill.And she also said that RT are mostly around very very sick people. But I said to her if you work in the hospital you are always around sick people or diseases. No matter what health field you go to you will always be around sick people. I like RT because RT specialize on respiratory and their main job is anything that only deals with respiratory(i hope so) But I am scared that it would be more work or more responsibility than a nurse. I know nurses work so much and handles different kinds of patients.
Last edit by airis on Nov 14, '05
Well the thing is that there is a nurse actually taking care of those patients that the respiratory therapist is assisting, so the nurses don't have easy patients, they have all the patients. You need to shadow both these professions, because I can see you are getting really confused about how things go in the hosptial!!
Edited to add, sorry if this seemed short,I was at work and in a hurry.
What I meat to say:
RT is never completely responsible for a patient alone. Even for difficult intubations etc, there is also often a Physician who can also do the intubation. Nurses take care of patients with respiratory issues, and take care of patients that die and are very ill. Nurses do not in any way get "All the easy patients"
Although your family is in health care, I think you have gotten some confusion on how things run, and shadowing each of these professions will probably clear up the confusion going on here.
RT's do not "get" patients, they assist with patients, and while they are responsible for the patient, the nurse is the on going provider of care and will be responsible for anything the RT does. (Assessing if new vent settings are going along ok, checking on the ABG result, etc etc etc.) The RT does not have a patient seperate from a nurse.
Edited one more time: I wanted to say of course the RT is operating on their own license, the nurse is not responsible for the RT's actions in the way the nurse is responsible for delegation to CNA's. But as the on-going care provider to the patient, the nurse must understand and further evaluate the actions taken by the RT for effectiveness. (ie RT gives a neb, and the nurse will re-evaluate the breath sounds and pulse Ox and WOB later. RT will probably also assess that, but the Nurse, having the patient, will need to know this info.
Boy I'm not being too clear today.
Last edit by KatieBell on Nov 19, '05