National Respiratory Care Week: Working Together, Saving Lives
In these chaotic times that we live in today, there is an old idiom that rings true now more than ever. “We’d all like to breathe a little easier!” Most of us have heard that phrase or an iteration of that phrase at some point in our lives. And for many of us, we would never be able to experience breathing easier without the help of a Respiratory Therapist, which is why the last week of October each year is our opportunity to highlight the care they are providing. National Respiratory Care Week is a time to recognize that millions of Americans have a chronic respiratory disease and there are more than 130,000 men and women who are providing treatment to help them breathe easier.
The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is asking employers and patients to participate in celebratory and awareness events throughout the week of October 22 through October 28th. The AARC has put together a social media toolkit, complete with graphics, branded messages, and photo filters for active social media users to help spread awareness and celebrate Respiratory Therapists everywhere. Facebook and Twitter users are encouraged to use #RCWeek17 for all of their social media activities.
Another important reason to get involved in National Respiratory Care Week is that over the next ten years, Respiratory Therapist job openings are expected to increase by 23%, much faster than many other careers nationally. Another benefit is that to get started as a Respiratory Therapist, students need to earn an Associate’s Degree, which means they can finish school and get into the job market within two years, although some employers prefer candidates who have a Bachelor’s Degree.
Typically, Respiratory Therapists will work directly with patients who have breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders. In consultation with the physician, RT’s help to develop treatment plans, perform diagnostics, provide a variety of treatments and monitor patients’ progress. RT’s can work in a variety of settings and shifts. Most work in hospital settings, but others provide care in skilled nursing facilities, clinical settings, and in-home care.
During National Respiratory Care Week, let’s all take the opportunity to thank those professionals who are the ‘Face of Caring’ and help many of us to breathe easier. Share your plans for this week or tell us about your favorite Respiratory Therapist in the comment section below or drop us a line on our Facebook page.