resp therapy vs RN - page 4

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 program is wide open and... Read More

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    i am a ec student waiting on clinical . i will assure you that you are qualified to attend ec based on the fact that you are a rt.

    Quote from keaton90
    just wondering can you direct me as to where it says anything about rt to rn... i have looked all over the page and i cant find anything.... any help is appreciated...

    also can you tell me what its like to be a rt?


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    the last i heard on this is in order to work in ca if you were a ec grad was you had to make the deadline and it was either dec 2003 or 2004 . i cant remember. other wise it is a no-no

    Quote from ventjock
    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?
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    what is nurse first action with a pation handgrasps with diminish acidois?
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    What does "pation" mean?
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    Quote from txspadequeen921
    i have been a nurse now for about 10 years . your post just about sums up the reason i am looking into being a rt. i am tired of dealing with the bs and tired of dealing with families..... just looking for a change
    i am an rrt,rpft and worked 16.5 years as a therapist. i have also been an rn for 1 year. both are just as stressfull and both deal with alot of bad things. respiratory care and nursing are just as equal and trust me, just as stressfull. on a good note, i love both and thank god for my education and credentials; it's the system praticularly the hospital. whatever profession you choose, it will be great. good luck!
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    now that this post is since 2004, i wonder what route did the original poster take rn or rt???
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    Quote from mandykal
    now that this post is since 2004, i wonder what route did the original poster take rn or rt???
    lol, was wondering the same question...i'm facing the same decision rt vs rn. i'm going to try to do both.
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    I graduated with an AS in RC in May and took my CRT and RRT within 2 weeks of graduation, I'm now working at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. I love my career choice, I thought for a couple seconds if I wanted to be an RN and realized that I'd rather specialize in a field of importance rather than be a "generalist", I'm not saying nursing isn't important, however airway specialists and ventilatory specialist IMO are just as important

    . I've found that being the sole RT in a CCU, you are called upon frequently, and urgently. The nurses are essentially in total "care" of the patient, but when you walk in when the patients' crashing, a huge weight is lifted off their shoulders.

    This means they don't need to worry about the A and B of the ABC's. Think about it, YOU, as an RT, are trained and credentialed in the first 2 golden letters of the medical field. There are so many career possibilities, depending on where you live.

    If you live near a major city, your chances of making good money are high. You can choose either a small community hospital where you as an RT do everything related to respiratory including incentive spirometry teachings to post-ops, neb tx's (times 3, heh) in the ER, and chest pt.

    You can also go into marketing, there are MANY companies that sell respiratory equipment that are in need of RT's to travel to different departments and advertise their latest and greatest toys. Also new vent modes and ET tubes etc...

    Overall, and so far, I enjoy my job. I also work at a 225 bed community hospital per diem, but the critical care aspect of the career is so great that more and more techniques and modalities are introduced to your job every month. Just when you think you know how to ventilate a full-blown ARDS patient, there's always something more you can do. The alrger hospitals provide you with new equipment and endless CE.

    I never thought as a student that this job would be so stressful though! My pager goes off 5 times an hour and I'm beside myself when I have an ABG to draw on a vent patient, 4 IS's to teach, and 2 ER "stat" nebs to give.

    IT'S ALL ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT. You can be busy or bored at any given moment. Nursing definitely a much more popular field, but in my opinion, it seems like everyone is flocking to be an RN. There's a shortage of RT's just about everywhere.

    Different hospitals have different job descriptions for you as an RT, some are strictly critical care and some are floor therapy, so you can try both and see which you prefer better, as well as home care, marketing, and research.

    The one thing I suggest potential RT's to do: review the program you are applying to, get the graduating pass rate for the RRT from former graduates. I've been hearing of shotty RT programs in which students will complete the program with flying colors but continually fail the entry-level CRT credential, and never get to the RRT.
    BreatheFree and Bpeaceful2All like this.
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    Thanks so much for this information. I started my program this past Fri for Resp Care and am thrilled to be going into a field where there is such high demand.
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    I have to decide by Friday May 6th on either the RT or ADN program. I was accepted by both and will be dropped from whichever one I don't enroll in classes for. I am SO TORN on which one to choose. I like both equally, both having lots of pros (and cons). Anyone gone through this recently.

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