Our fourth guest in The 2RNs Who’s Who in the Hospital series: A respiratory therapist, commonly referred to as an RT, is someone who cares for patients that have a hard time breathing. This RT took care of pediatric patients at the same children’s hospital for over 35 years. During his time at the hospital he had contact with patients from every medical unit, including responding to traumas in the ER and any Med Stats in the hospital. He hit it off with one special nurse who he is still married to today.
*1) What drew you to your specialty? This RT was a medic in the Navy. His specialty was working with ventilators, O2 tanks, etc. When he got out of the Navy he decided to go to school to become an RT due to his experience he had gained in the Navy.
*2) Is there something that you do to connect with your patients? He says with every patient he would try to get to know them. It would make it easier to try to help them.
*3) What is a complaint you have about patients in general? Believe it or not this RT said he didn’t really have any complaints about the patients he took care of.
*4) Do you have a patient or case that touched you the most? Many years ago, early in his career, he had to take care of many near drownings. These were hard cases for him. Over the years with more public awareness and education the number of drownings decreased.
*5) What is one thing that you still have on your bucket list? “Drive to Alaska.”
*6) If you couldn’t be a RT what would you want to be? “I would do something medical, maybe become a doctor.”
1) Now that you are retired after 37 years at the hospital, what is one thing you miss the most and one thing you miss the least about being an Respiratory Therapist? What he misses the most is the people he worked with for so many years. What he doesn’t miss at all is getting up at 5:07AM to be at work at 6:30AM.
2) On average, do you know how far you would walk in a single day at work? He said once he had an iphone he could track his movements. On a slow day he’d walk 3-3 1/2 miles and on a busy day, he would walk 6 miles.
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