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Pre-course Fuels Leadership Inspiration

October 23, 2018 1:26 pm Published by

To provide a wide variety of content options to Congress participants, the AARC offers pre-courses, one being the Women in Leadership panel. Some of your colleagues took part in the first edition of this pre-course this past summer, finding it filled with great thought-provoking discussion and takeaways. Register for the Pre-Course The Women in Leadership pre-course is designed for all AARC members—for both women and men and for both emerging Read Post >>

The NBRC Video Series: NBRC Exam Security

October 22, 2018 1:27 pm Published by

In the fourth featured NBRC video, Lori Tinkler, MBA, discusses the importance of exam security and the steps they take to ensure confidentiality is maintained. “This includes not only the questions themselves, but also how they are arranged, displayed, and presented,” said Tinkler, CEO of the NBRC. She continues to review judicial and ethics policies related to the exams. “Enforcing exam security policies helps us ensure that no one has Read Post >>

Competency Assessments: They Don’t Have to be a Drag

October 21, 2018 1:28 pm Published by

Regular competency assessments are a fact of life in a profession like respiratory care where facilities must ensure the ongoing ability of clinicians to deliver high-quality care. No one looks forward to them, but believe it or not, the managers and clinical educators charged with planning these activities really do work hard to make them not only meaningful, but enjoyable and – dare we say it? – fun at the Read Post >>

AARC Activates Disaster Relief Fund for Members Affected by Hurricane Michael

October 20, 2018 1:29 pm Published by

The AARC has activated its Disaster Relief Fund for AARC members in Florida who have sustained property loss or damage as a result of Hurricane Michael Members living in these federally-declared disaster areas in Florida may apply for a grant of up to $500, either online or by mail using our downloadable application form. Applications will be reviewed at the AARC executive office, and will then be sent on Read Post >>

Elevator Speeches for RC Week and Beyond

October 18, 2018 1:29 pm Published by

No one knows for sure who invented the “elevator speech” — it’s been attributed to everyone from journalists to a quality test technician to Elisha Graves Otis, who invented a device that significantly improved the safety of actual elevators back in the 1850s. But the intent is the same: in a few short sentences (about the time it would take to ride up or down on an elevator with someone), Read Post >>

Dealing with Patient Death and Dying: Advice for RTs

October 17, 2018 1:33 pm Published by

Respiratory therapists go to work every day thinking about how they can save the lives of their patients. But some of those patients will inevitably die, and coping with those situations can be a challenge for clinicians who are educated and trained to keep people breathing. Stephanie Williams, BS, RRT, is director of community programs for the COPD Foundation and as such works on a daily basis with people who Read Post >>

Big Ideas Theater: Using Prone Positioning in Moderate ARDS

October 16, 2018 1:35 pm Published by

In this episode of Big Ideas Theater, Thomas Piriano, RRT, discusses the prone positioning used in moderate ARDS as well as new study evidence that supports this treatment. Watch More Big Ideas Theater Piriano addresses the debate surrounding prone positioning in moderate ARDS, explaining how category definition of mild, moderate, and severe has opened new possibilities for this treatment. He emphasizes the need for and importance of experience when it Read Post >>

North Dakota Sets Focus on Educating Youth on E-Cigarettes

October 15, 2018 1:35 pm Published by

The North Dakota Department of Health developed a new position statement to include e-cigarettes in its tobacco prevention efforts, helping to educate parents and youth on the dangers of using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Expanding tobacco prevention In keeping pace with the rise of e-cigarette products, the North Dakota Department of Health expanded its tobacco prevention and control work. According to Neil Charvat, tobacco prevention and control program director Read Post >>

Mentorship Sets Career Foundation

October 14, 2018 1:36 pm Published by

A strong mentorship program nurtures and cultivates careers, proving beneficial for both the mentee and mentor. Three AARC members—Ellen Becker, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C, RPFT, FAARC, Lynda Goodfellow, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC, and Georgianna Sergakis, PhD, RRT, FAARC—share their tips for developing a successful mentor-mentee program. Tips for developing your program The mentee needs to drive the relationship. The mentee needs to identify goals and address the type of help Read Post >>