with Brian Lawlor
your comments and questions -
- Welcome Readers
- Licensure and 5 Year
- Written Orders
- Membership Vouchers
- Apply for RCP License in
- Pulmonary Function
- CE credits
Hello. As your new President, I wanted to introduce myself to you, in case
our paths have not crossed before. My path to becoming a Respiratory
Therapist is an interesting one. I interviewed a physician, a critical
care unit nurse, a radiology technician and a respiratory therapist
(called an inhalation therapist at the time). I asked each of them the
same questions: describe for me a typical day at work; tell me what
education is required to do what you do; howhappy are you with the career
decision that you made; and what do you see yourself doing in 5 years.
What I heard from the Respiratory Therapist sold me. I would get to work
with equipment and make a difference in people’s lives by helping them
with their breathing issues. I would even get the opportunity to save
someone’s life and have a new experience every day. It only took two years
of education and you will make a decent living. I did what I needed to do
and got myself enrolled in the RRT program at Triton College in River
I came into the field in 1974 and started working in the Inhalation
Therapy Department at Mac Neal Memorial Hospital in Berwyn, IL as an OJT
one month after starting my formal education. The first duty of Inhalation
Therapists was hauling around oxygen cylinders and applying oxygen
devices. I was referred to as “oxygen lady” by more than one of my
patients. Job and educational program ads ranged from Respiratory Therapy
Aid to Registered Respiratory Therapist. One of the Profession’s most
outstanding and dedicated leaders was just elected as the 22nd President
of the AART, Registry #263, Jimmy Albert Young, MS, RRT. The term
“respiratory therapist” became standardized. Portable liquid oxygen
systems and oxygen concentrators were introduced and aerosol therapy
began. We were still hauling around Bird Mark 7 and PRII machines to
perform IPPB treatments. I can still recall leaving the department with
three machines and starting one treatment, moving along starting the next
treatment, going back to check on the first patient then starting the
third patient and so on.
I have worked in Acute Care, Home Care, and Long Term Care Facilities. I
have participated in research related to two products used in Respiratory
Care – InspirEase (one of the first spacers) and RespiTrace Bands (used in
Sleep Labs), received a literary award for a published article in the AARC
Times, and have been a clinical instructor for several education programs.
I have had, and continue to have, the good fortune of having great mentors
through my career.
Fast forward to today:
I currently work at Rush University Medical Center as the Manager of the
Adult Care Section. Since we are an Academic Medical Center we provide
clinical rotations for Associate, Bachelor and Master Degree students.
Their energy, enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge are exciting. I am
looking forward to the prospects and role changes for Respiratory
Therapists in the future, i.e. Bachelor’s Degree as entry level, disease
manager for Asthma and COPD, and much, much more. Here is where I bounce
the ball back into your court.
Taking a cue from one of my mentors, I would like to extend an invitation
to you to become more visible to your peers and in your Society. I am
including the current Strategic Plan, (see page 2) so you know where your
local professional organization is going and what challenges we face.
Participation in an ISRC committee does not require more than some of your
time and a desire to make a difference. A step that any professional can
do, regardless of your degree, is to become an AARC member. I will be
establishing a President’s Corner on the ISRC web-site titled ‘On My Mind’
where anyone can ask a question or raise an issue and get a reply from me.
I would also like to establish a column in this newsletter titled ‘On a
personal note’ and invite you to submit your own personal story.
I am proud to say I am a Respiratory Therapist and am honored to serve as
the President of your Society.
Valerie M. Klans, BS, RRT, RCP
Hi Valerie, I was just reading the ISRC newsletter on line and have a
question about the 5yr strategic plan.
Objective #2 states;
2. Prepare and submit verbiage changes regarding restructuring RCP
Licensure requirements and submit by September, 2013, i.e. including RRT
required for licensure, CRCE requirements, etc. what does this mean for
our very skilled and valuable CRT's?
Nancy L Miller RRT
Existing licensees are unaffected. It will only apply to applicants
seeking licensure after a certain, specific date. When any changes take
effect those specifics should be part of the discussion/recommendation of
the ISRC Licensure Committee.
Hello Valerie, At Little Company of Mary Hospital we report to CNO, she is
asking where it is written that RCP's can write phone orders. I'm
searching the RCP Practice Act and cannot easily locate this information.
Please let me know where this information is in the Practice Act as soon
as possible. thank you, Mary Silder BA RRT Manager
Is the ISRC still offering vouchers for AARC membership? Where can they be
I would like to know if there is any documentation, anywhere, that states
that a CPAP/BiPAP device has to be set up by a licensed respiratory
therapist in the state of Il. Thank you.
Hello! I am a RRT, and RCP licensed respiratory therapist in the state of
California and looking into relocating to Illinois.. how do I go about
applying for a RCP license for the state of Illinois.. thanks!
on the State of Illinois Respiratory License and applications can be found
Hello I am currently pursuing opportunities in the Chicago area, and a
question about licensure. I just wanted to be sure I am filling our the
correct form. I graduated from an accredited school and now registered
through the NBRC. I would fill out the RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONER:
ACCEPTANCE OF EXAMINATION correct?
HI, am looking for benchmarks in respiratory care pertaining to missed
therapies. I have one from UHC hospitals 2009 open forum but am interested
in more information. What kind of numbers % do we see in other
Hi, I have a question regarding the Illinois Respiratory Care Act. Is
there anything that prohibits a hospital or doctor's office from allowing
a non-licensed person to perform complete pulmonary function tests
including DLco and administrations of a bronchodilator? Thanks.
Are ACLS credits acceptable CEUs when renewing RCP license for the state
AARC questions on CRCE courses can be found
Illinois Rules for continuing education can be found