Q: What's a typical workday like for you?
I treat six to eight patients a night. After I receive my assignments and a report from the previous therapist, I do research on each patient, and then begin my first of two rounds, assessing patients and giving treatments. I document my work, talk to the nurses about patients' breathing and discomfort. I also like to do further detailed research into the different illnesses as I prepare for my second round. After my second round, I report to the next shift about changes in patient status and medication, and I report any concerns to a respiratory therapist.
Q: How does your role fit into the bigger healthcare picture?
I provide is a life-sustaining service in that if a patient is having problems breathing, it affects their heart, lungs and the rest of their organs.
Q: Who do you interact with during the course of the day?
I interact with patients, their families, nurses and occasionally with doctors if I'm there when they're doing their rounds.
Q: Why did you become a respiratory care student worker?
I wanted the job experience while I am still a student. I went into this because I like to work with people and I'm interested in learning. The field is so vast that you can learn many different aspects of it.
Q: What do you like about your work?
I really appreciate the new information I learn every day and the ability to help people. My co-workers have been extremely nice. It makes me more confident in the decisions that I make and the care that I provide for the patients, so it's been very rewarding.