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"Research Before Making Career Choices...
I believed what surprised me the most were the connections that I made with the patients. Although I always remained professional I really had a connection to many of the patients that I treated. For a while I worked in a nursing home (not by choice), but the time that I spent with some of the elderly patients there was very rewarding. There are places to work other than a hospital setting. There is also a lot of walking involved ,especially if you work in a larger Hospital." (RCP-Respiratory Care Practitioner; 2013)
"Give Trauma Work A Chance...
I was surprised to find that trauma cases -- lots of gory injuries -- did not rattle me. I assumed that it would be terrifying to see blood and open wounds, and crushed body parts. I thought my natural sympathy would overwhelm me. Instead, I felt able to see the *person* who was hurt, and I was gratified to be able to help. I recommend respiratory care to both new students and career changers." (Registered Respiratory Therapist; 2013)
"Become A Smart Respiratory Therapist...
I was amazed by how much responsibility that Respiratory Therapists have. I first thought that the only thing a therapist had to do was give breathing treatments. I was wrong! Respiratory Therapists manage every part of a person's cardiopulmonary system. We manage ventilators, intubate, insert lines, and draw blood. I was pleased to learn that Respiratory Therapists have an extensive knowledge of cardio-pulmonary and every pathology that relates to that." (Respiratory Therapist; 2013)
"Be Aware Of Risks...
I was surprised how fast I was able to find a rewarding job in my field. I work in a private doctor's office with relatively good hours and make a great salary ($55,000)." (Respiratory Therapist; 2013)
Respiratory Therapist: "The best parts of the job are watching people get better, the pay and the flexible schedule. The worst part of the job is working nights, weekends and holidays. But you get compensation for working those horrible shifts and the bump in pay makes it all worth it. There is always an opportunity to learn. No one patient is the same as the next. All come in with interesting stories. There is a definite reward in meeting new people and knowing how you have helped them." (2009)
Respiratory Therapist: "For this career, there are a lot of jobs available, but you need to be willing to work with breathing issues. Some people are turned off by the idea of working with a potentially life threatening career. Make sure you research what all you have to do in this field before starting." (2013)
Registered Respiratory Therapist: "Get yourself a good shadow experience at a busy hospital to help you decide." (2013)
RCP-Respiratory Care Practitioner: "Decide how far you want to go in the field. Do you want become a Respiratory Therapist or a RCP(Respirator Care Practitioner). They can both be rewarding. The RCP license takes longer. You should find out the differences between the two yourself. If you choose a shorter therapy program be very careful when choosing a school, check it out" (2013)
Respiratory Therapist: "Try to learn everything you can while in school and never think you are done learning. There will always be new things to do and learn in Respiratory Therapy." (2013)
Respiratory Therapist: "The schooling is great. They offer a lot of different times to take the courses. You can start with an associate's degree and work your way up through the master's program. But you don't need a master's to work in the field. You can work in the field with an associate's degree. There is plenty of room for promotion within the field. You can stay as a worker or work up to a department director. And there are plenty of things to do, such as sleep studies and pulmonary function testing, which do not require you to work nights or weekends or holidays." (2009)