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You're a Good Fit: Respiratory Care

  • Here’s what it takes to become a successful Respiratory Therapist:

    Natural Abilities and Characteristics Common to Success

    • Good communication skills (ability to read, write and speak effectively; understand and follow written instructions, able to teach others; the profession requires a great deal of recordkeeping and verbal interaction with people).
    • Is a detail-oriented, inquisitive person.
    • Must be able to make quick, good decisions based on the use of good logic and analytical skills.
    • Good math skills.
    • Ability to work under stress.
    • Should be a person of character, honesty and integrity.
    • Has the ability to work cooperatively as part of a team.
    • Abstract thinking, which is necessary to understand concepts.
    • Believes that people are worthy of the best medical care, respect and dignity.

    Facts to Help You Decide on Respiratory Therapy as a Career Choice:

    • Respiratory therapy is a demanding career that requires dedicated, caring professionals.
    • Respiratory therapists make decisions that affect the quality of their patients’ lives.
    • Respiratory therapists work closely with other members of the health care team like nurses and doctors.
    • Respiratory therapy is a wonderful, diverse career choice, and the need for therapists is great.
    • Respiratory therapists are required to determine and deliver medications, assess patients, determine effectiveness of treatments, perform life-saving and life-supporting procedures, perform and analyze diagnostic testing, and utilize technology and equipment to treat and care for patients of all ages. This requires compassion, math, technical, and critical thinking skills.
    • Respiratory therapists use the following concepts on a daily basis: Communication, pathophysiology, knowledge to perform skills, ability to use and troubleshoot medical equipment, critical thinking, and clinical decision making.

    What Does A Respiratory Therapist Do?

    • Makes decisions quickly.
    • Anticipates a patient’s needs.
    • Delivers respiratory medication and treatments.
    • Manages and prioritizes a patient treatment workload.
    • Consults with physicians to recommend changes in therapist based on evaluation of a patient.
    • Provides care for patients of all ages.
    • Identifies changes in the patient’s condition and documents and communicates this to other health care providers.
    • Uses computer skills.
    • Educates patients and families about their lung disease and treatment plan to maximize their recovery and/or quality of life.
    • Performs specific procedures that require manual dexterity.
    • Provides patient care with respect for the individual and family.