I am a Respiratory Therapy student in my second semester. We are already going to clinicals, and there are certain areas that I enjoy more than others. I enjoy the CICU over the ICU, but one thing I would like to bring to light, obviously, is the nursing-rt "conflict." There are so many people who slam nurses for the way they treat RTs, and I have not experienced a bad nurse yet. I am sure the time will come, though, but we should understand that all jobs in a hospital or clinic are important. From the hospital management to the people who clean the rooms. We all need each other, and we should all help one another. The primary goal is to treat and help the patient - and anyone going into a health field thinking he/she is going to do that on their own should get out immediately. It's a team effort. There should not be some big debate over which is better, both RTs and nurses are important in the health care field. I went into this thinking I was going to see a bunch of RNs being rude and snotty, but the truth is that I have a great deal of respect for them and what they do after going to clinicals. Not all nurses are bad and you can't label them as such over one bad experience. I am enjoying RT classes right now, and I hope that I can make it... it seems very hard, it's just a lot of information to take in. I hope to one day to specialize in the Neonatal/Pediatric branch of RT. Also, the pay is excellent in almost any health care field, but if that is your only concern, you should also leave. I think that's the problem with a lot of our health care today: too many smart people going into health care who care more for money than for the well-being of another person.