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The field I wish to pursue is that of respiratory therapy. When I was a child was when my
first interest in respiratory therapy was aroused. As a child I was sick a great deal with
various lung ailments that required frequent hospitalizations. I would always revel in the
fact that how intelligent and courtesy the respiratory therapist were that took care of
me. They were so good at what they did and they always made me “feel better.” I wanted to
be like them. That thought had never deviated since I decided that was what I wanted to
do.


(1)Respiratory therapy is a result of specialization trends of the late 60’s in health
care. At first referred to as “inhalation therapy”, respiratory practitioners did very
little. They were initially one the job trainees, trained by nurses, who did medial chores
that nurses didn’t have time or didn’t want to do. This consisted of a lot of the time
consuming activities such as setting up oxygen, delivering IPPB’s, ultrasonic nebulizers,
chest physiotherapy and setting up machinery such as croup tents and ventilators. These
technical chores involved no interpretation of the reasoning behind these mechanisms but
only how to “monkey” the steps involved in performing them. This “early” practitioner had
absolutely no autonomy as they had only technical skills and other employees such as
nursing normally surpassed those skills.


(2)The field of respiratory care has since evolved a great deal. Beginning in the
seventies formal respiratory programs were initiated. This formalized training would not
only teach an individual the technical aspects of the field but also a moderate amount of
the theory behind them. As in most fields, this increase in education was shortly followed
by credentialing exams to “certify” the respiratory practitioners. These exams were used
to “prove” the skills and information that the practitioners actually have learned. Two
separate exams could be taken dependent on level of skill and/or education. The CRTT,
which labeled the individual a certified respiratory therapy technician, this was the
entry-level exam. When a practitioner became certified a certain amount of prestige was
achieved. These credentials showed that these technician demonstrated more competence that
those who did not have these credentials. The RRT or registered respiratory therapist
indicated a higher level of understanding of reparatory skills and typically involved an
increase in pay scale. At that time only a minimal amount of autonomy was present with
this certification, however the prestige was greater in that typically only supervisors
and directors were “registered”.


(1)As the implementation of formalized training began many of the number of technical
schools teaching these skills began to arise. More importantly for the profession many
colleges began associate degree programs in the area of respiratory care. These programs
were focused directly on the treatment of respiratory patients. These programs had many of
the same requirements such as nursing degrees at the time but had also respiratory
specific classes. The individuals were required to take Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy and
Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and more. As these new “educated” therapist began
to arise the responsibilities and tasks of the therapist began to increase. The therapist
was now not only involved in physically treating the sick individual but now knowing what
and why to treat on a sick individual. As more and more formally educated practitioners
were put into the work force the on the job trainee began to lose their positions to
better-trained individuals. This was initially hospital policies or departmental
preference but soon became to be the law with the advent of state licensing. With the
increase knowledge base of practitioners came a state licensure. The state licensures
typically stopped all hiring of OJT’s and often times limited the scope of the practicing
OJT technicans. Other states required the OJT’s to pass the standardized CRTT exam to
work. This CRTT exam quickly became the benchmark of the profession. If you did not pass
the test you did not work. This left many OJT’s that had been in the field for years that
were technically sound without at a job. These individuals typically were forced into
“non-skilled” arenas of hospital work, such as housekeeping and laundry, in order to keep
their jobs, insurance, and their diligently worked for retirement. These licensure laws
also assured competence in the therapists by other methods. The licensure requires
continuing education credit. This is when the practitioner, certified or registered, have
to receive “x” number of hours of education annually in the changing field of respiratory
care. Many conferences and seminars are given yearly in all states to help inform
practitioners of the changes in not only respiratory care, but in health care
specifically. This licensure also has a supervisory aspect in which each individuals work
is subject to review. If inappropriate procedures and/or techniques are performed the
licensure board has the legal right to discipline the practitioner accordingly. This could
be as simple as cease and desist or as complicated as revoking the your licensees and
preventing the practitioner to work in respiratory again.


With the implementation of the college degree gave the opportunity to gain a higher
degree. Many bachelorate programs began to arise to ready the practitioner to a management
position. Most of the degrees were focused in the area of management or education with the
emphasis on the field of respiratory care. These programs have been tailored to help a
practitioner achieve graduate degrees in such fields as health service administration,
management, and education.


(4)As the years passed technology in healthcare has greatly increased. The new “superior”
trained therapist was taught the recent highly evolving equipment such as ventilators, IPV
machines, BI-level ventilation, ECMO perfusion, etc.. in which nursing were not trained.
Many nursing schools began to look at respiratory therapy as invaluable and began not to
emphasize on teaching what the respiratory practitioners already did. Hence many of the
nurse no longer knew how to use these “specialized” equipment. Therapists were being
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