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- Oct 7, '12 by ANNSY54After 20 years of RT, I became an RN. It is a natural transition. Do I wish I had started of as RN? Absolutely. By now, I would be making more money, having a better retirement, and able to work less and make more. RT is a rut, for the most part. There is a top-level salary, no upwards mobility, no options for career change without further education. Nursing is better in the long run. That being said, I loved being an RT up to the very end. I also love being an RN, though. It's all in the attitude.
- Aug 30 by amdancer1980I am an RN switching to Cardiopulmonary Care....Respiratory Therapist. I have worked in general surgery, the floor in various areas, and trauma care. Let me say that we are all qualified vital medical professionals. Both of these professions are detailed and difficult. I had it in my mind that because I have been a nurse for a decade that I could just breeze through the RT Program....ya'll there are so many things that RT people are trained on, and we are not, and vice versa. I say help each other, respect each other, and educate each other. Im glad I am a nurse and can take my training to th RT side of things. Why have I made a,decision to go RT? This is always what I wanted to do, but Nursing was quicker to achieve and begin working. Now, my kids are 10, 12, 17, & 19...I can move on. Take care everyone!
- I'm an RT, you can ask me. I'm waiting to be accepted into nursing school.
- that's correct, i graduated from RT school in 2011, and applied to RN school October 2013. I'm hoping to get in by Spring 2015.
- wow, that is the very first time that i've honestly heard of an RN going to RT. Maybe you can be a respiratory nurse??? In Los Angeles we have a place called Barlow where the nurses are called respiratory nurses, it's a rehab hospital for vent dependent patients.
- Nov 24 by applesxorangesI would research job prospects before dedicating yourself. We have only a handful of rt compared to RNs. We are also downsizing the rt because we'd only need them do the bipap setup or arterial blood gasses. I've been trained on vents (granted they were old fashioned because they need to be portable), can do aerosols, intubation, etc. So they are going to use more paramedics.