RT vs. RN? Is RT a useless profession? - page 4

What is the purpose of Respiratory therapists when nurses can do all of the same things that they can do. Is there anything that a respiratory therapist can do that an RN cannot?... Read More

  1. by   Cardiowheezer
    I know this post is old but insert slow clap right here. You actually get it. Thank you. And I mean this sincerely.
  2. by   BreatheDeep
    I mean absolutely no disrespect, but yes LadyFree, I can speak to educational requirements because there is an obvious difference between the two.

    You say you "discussed the physics part", but did you take an actual physics class or just discuss key topics?

    You say you learned cardiopulmonary A&P extensively in your nursing program (And I hope you mean the BSN - I will be distraught if you are comparing the depth of your respiratory education in an LVN program against a 24-27 month RT program) but what exactly does that mean? Did you take 10 semester units of A&P and then a separate 6-8 month long cardiopulmonary A&P class? Did you just learn Cardiopulmonary in your regular A&P?

    And as for vents/BiPAPs, again, how long was your education on them? Was it 8 dedicated months in length?

    This is the whole point I'm trying to get across. Pre-req's do not go into great detail, they are merely the foundation upon which your specialized knowledge is built. At the same time there also is not a single nursing school which delves as deep into respiratory pathology and A&P as any RT program. Why would RT's even be here if such programs existed?

    Think about it logically, how could they? My RT program spent 6-8 months with individual classes specifically related to mechanical ventilation, cardiopulmonary pathology and pathophysiology, respiratory pharmacology, and radiology interpretation. Where could that much additional education be added to nursing curriculum without stretching the programs out to 36+ months? But it comes at a price - in turn we sacrifice a percentage of knowledge related to other body systems in order to fulfill our role, a specialist.

    Which is why I said before in my old (a year old at this point!) post, it's the 10% which separates us. You could easily do 90% of my job - but it's that 10% you don't know which is why me and my profession exist.

    It's also why this attitude of "I know as much as you"/"I can do your job" needs to die. You don't know as much as me, and I don't know as much as you. You know and understand things I don't, and I know and understand things you don't. It's why we're a team. I expect you to be able to handle your job, and when you call on me, you should fully expect me to be able to handle mine too.

    In the hospital it's all about synergy, and that's why there's nothing out there that can beat an awesome RN/RT combo =)
  3. by   MrInternational
    If you think that an RN can perform ALL of the tasks as an RT just as effective, you are the problem with nursing.
  4. by   yahoomagoo
    mechanical ventilation = gas in and gas out, respiratory system = air in air out, bronchodilators = open airways to get gas in and gas out, better.