Honestly. I would say neither. I am currently an RRT and was thinking about becoming a nurse. I see what nurses go through everyday and I absolutely would not want their job. On the other hand respiratory has its ups and downs. I like the fact that we do not have to deal with family or too many bodily fluids. If a patient needs to use the bathroom, be cleaned, need food or anything I can tell the nurse and walk away. However, respiratory gets boring after awhile. giving treatments, drawing ABG's, responding to codes and intubating. I'm looking at other options currently. At the hospital I work at RRT's do not have much autonomy. We can't do anything without a nurse or doctor's order. Not to mention the pay isn't good. For all that we RRT's do at my hospital, we don't get paid enough. Other hospitals are different. Most people don't even know what an RRT is, and there is little to no advancement in the field. I would say look at other options within healthcare. Neither one of the two jobs are worth the stress.