resp therapy vs RN - page 2

Hi I am a student and am lookng for some opinions/advice. Our local ADN program is impacted to the gills (even with top grades, still a minimum of two year wait to enter the program). Our local RT... Read More

  1. Visit  rninme} profile page
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    Much of what Tom RRT is saying is true. I spent over 20 years as an RRT before I completed my RN, and I have never regretted it. I loved being an RRT...the diversity of my job, I worked NICU, PICU, ICU, ED and the floors in a very large teaching hospital...and I will always be a respiratory therapist in my heart!! My RT background helped me tremendously in nursing school and it got me a job as a new grad working ED and ICU....I had offers from everywhere....come work for us!! Holding both professional titles will give you great marketablity when it comes to looking for a job. Whatever your decision...good luck to you.
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  3. Visit  potentialnurse} profile page
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    What bridge program are you enrolled in? This is the first I've heard of a Rn bridge program for RTs. I start an RT program this fall. I really wanted to do nursing first but the waiting is too long and I have a family to support.
  4. Visit  potentialnurse} profile page
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    Quote from Golden_Clover
    I think I read that Excelsior bridges RT to RN
    Is Excelsior recognized in all 50 states?
  5. Visit  liberated} profile page
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    Are you planning on working on all 50 states?????
  6. Visit  paxillian} profile page
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    I have been an RT for 12 years and am most happy with it. The big upside is freedom to roam. You are not stuck at the bedside with your patients. I hate to say it, but the first thing I was taught in RT school was this, "Hold on, I'll get your nurse"
  7. Visit  lajean} profile page
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    I am an RRT with 15 years of experience. I am also currently back in school to get my RN. If I knew then what I know now, I would have gone the RN route in the first place. Don't get me wrong, being an RT is a good job, and can be very rewarding. However, it gets a bit 'old' after awhile. There aren't the various avenues of practice that an RN has. Less opportunity for lateral movement. Pay increases are smaller and less frequent than that of a nurse. Respiratory is very specialized, if you like variety - go for nursing. If you like monotonous - try respiratory. That is not to say that Respiratory is boring or unimportant...we are a very important part of the healthcare team.

    Angie
  8. Visit  pnstudent007} profile page
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    Quote from potentialnurse
    What bridge program are you enrolled in? This is the first I've heard of a Rn bridge program for RTs. I start an RT program this fall. I really wanted to do nursing first but the waiting is too long and I have a family to support.
    Have you found any rt to rn bridges yet, b/c i too would be interested,well other than excelsior bc some states dont even recognize a degree from excelsior
  9. Visit  krisuglou} profile page
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    Hi

    I am a RRT with 3 years experience in the field. I work everywhere from ED, ICU to pediatrcs. I have really been thinking about going back to school for my RN. I was wondering if any of you knew of any online RT to RN bridging programs available, I know about Excelsior, but I was wondering if that was my only option.

    TOM RRT:
    I noticed that you said you were getting your RN online. Where is that through and what are the requirements? I know you already have you masters...I didn't know if that was a requirement for what you are doing or not.
  10. Visit  RRT2RN2CRNA} profile page
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    Quote from pnstudent007
    Have you found any rt to rn bridges yet, b/c i too would be interested,well other than excelsior bc some states dont even recognize a degree from excelsior
    Yes- the Board of Nursing in a few states (there's like 3 of them or something) won't take an Excelsior ADN- California being the major one. If you live in California- you'll have to do something else. It's a BON state politics thing. Personally I think it's a shame that California has decided to keep people from becoming RNs when they are so desperately needed. I think the fight is over the clinicals req or something. If so, the Cali BON should add a little clinicals course or exam that you can take before you take the NCLEX. Would open up opportunities for a lot of LPNs that's for sure.

    Otherwise, I know in NY and on the east coast nobody has a problem with it. Once you pass the boards... an RN is an RN as far as they can care. If you're also an RRT.. then you could have your nursing degree from Disney World for all they care as long as you are licensed. The skill set is what they want, not the name on your diploma.


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    Quote from RRT2RN2CRNA
    Yes- the Board of Nursing in a few states (there's like 3 of them or something) won't take an Excelsior ADN- California being the major one. If you live in California- you'll have to do something else. It's a BON state politics thing. Personally I think it's a shame that California has decided to keep people from becoming RNs when they are so desperately needed. I think the fight is over the clinicals req or something. If so, the Cali BON should add a little clinicals course or exam that you can take before you take the NCLEX. Would open up opportunities for a lot of LPNs that's for sure.

    Otherwise, I know in NY and on the east coast nobody has a problem with it. Once you pass the boards... an RN is an RN as far as they can care. If you're also an RRT.. then you could have your nursing degree from Disney World for all they care as long as you are licensed. The skill set is what they want, not the name on your diploma.


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    isnt the rule in CA only for new grad Excelsior RNs?

    maybe i read wrong, but if one works in another state that takes Excelsior RNs for at least 1 yr, then CAs BON will accept one to work CA... correcT?
  12. Visit  RRT2RN2CRNA} profile page
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    Yep - I have heard that's the way to get around it. I havent verified that with the Cali BON or Excelsior but it seems to make sense.

    So it really isn't that a big deal afterall.

    I think if my Excelsior ADN was my only degree, I'd care a bit more maybe... but honestly being an RRT/RN... nobody's going to give you a hard time about anything as long as you're licensed.
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  13. Visit  pavanneh} profile page
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    I am a Certified Respiratory Therapist and have been for some time. I am in a very progressive hospital that gives alot of latitude and responsibility to RT's to develope protocols and therapies for patient's. It depends on the facility where you work how much you can do. If you want a good combination of technology, patient care and autonomy-which is growing in our field, then RT is for you, you just have to do some homework on the facility's program when you apply. I am thinking of going to RN as a way to increase my skills and flexibility. Go RT first and then RN. It is a good way to start and you can always go on from there. Alot of hospitals will hire you as an RT and then train you as an RN in one of their programs. Our hospital does.
  14. Visit  keaton90} profile page
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    Does anyone have the link for the Excelsior RT to RN Program?


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