I am starting my Respiratory therapy program this week and am very excited! I was previously in nursing school
for one year and absolutely hated every minute of it.. I knew right from the first day of clinical that it wasn't my thing... plus I was so fed up with the ridiculous off the wall psycho social test questions that don't mean ANYTHING once you're done school and in the real world working. It was during my nursing clinicals when I first watched an RT and became interested. I then shadowed one in a hospital and decided to embark on this new path!
I see many RN's on here that have a tremendous amount of respect for the RT's they work with and that is good to see! But I still think RT's are very unappreciated and not represented well currently... everyone knows what a nurse is, however it seems like very few people outside of healthcare know what a respiratory therapist is!
Looking for any kind of discussion and/or advice on the path to becoming a RT and the schooling that it entails... hoping to have a much better experience with this than I did in nursing
Sep 4, '17
Another issue in this field is a huge lack of respect at times... I seriously had somebody ask me if Respiratory Therapy was a certificate program rather than a degree!! Also RT's do not receive half the recognition and praise that nurses do, it seems like. Everybody on the healthcare team is important, but I really just see the doctors and nurses getting all the credit 90% of the time from the population. I hope this changes in the future.
Last edit by MykRTstudent on Sep 4, '17