AARC Election 2020 — Julie Jackson

Julie Jackson

Management Section Chair

Julie Jackson, BS, RRT, RRT-ACCS

Manager, Respiratory Care and ECLS Services
Unity Point Health Des Moines
Member Since: 1996

AARC Activities:

  • Appointed by AARC to AAMI Foundation-National Coalition to Promote the Safe Use of Complex Healthcare Technology Member and Co-Chair of Respiratory Care subcommittee — 2017
  • AARC Management Specialty Practitioner of the Year, 2016
  • Member, Adult Acute Section, 2003–Present
  • Member, Management Section, 2003–Present

HOD Activities:

  • Delegate, Iowa Society for Respiratory Care, 2014–Present
  • Co-Chair of Student Mentorship Committee, 2016–Present

Affiliate Activities:

  • President, Iowa Society for Respiratory Care, 2008–2009, 2011–2013
  • Board of Directors, Iowa Society for Respiratory Care, 1997–Present
  • Co-Chair of Iowa Lung Conference, Iowa Society for Respiratory Care, 2001–2016
  • Iowa Lung Conference Planning Committee, Iowa Society for Respiratory Care, 1997 and 2001–2016
  • Iowa Society for Respiratory Care President’s Award for Outstanding Support and Dedication to the Profession of Respiratory Care, 2006

Related Organizations:

  • CRT Cut Score Examiner and ACCS Exam Writer, National Board for Respiratory Therapy, 2004 & 2010
  • Asthma Educator, American Lung Association, Iowa Chapter, 2005–2012
  • Board of Directors, American Lung Association, Iowa Chapter, 2006–2010
  • Member, Iowa Asthma Coalition, 2005–2010
  • Adjunct Faculty and Co-Chair of Advisory Committee, Des Moines Area Community College Respiratory Therapy Program, 2002–Present
  • Member, Society for Critical Care Medicine, 2008–Present


  • RRT-ACCS, National Board for Respiratory Therapy, 2012–Present
  • BAS, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2006
  • RRT, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA 1997


  • Lamb, KD, Spilman, SK, Oetting TW, Jackson JW, Trump MW, Sahr SM. Proactive use of high-flow nasal cannula with critically ill patients: A prospective, two-cohort study. Respiratory Care, 2018;63:259-266.
  • Nyland BA, Spilman SK, Halub ME, Lamb KD, Jackson JA, Oetting TW, Sahr SM. A preventative respiratory protocol to identify trauma patients at risk for respiratory compromise on a general inpatient ward. Respiratory Care. 2016;61:1580-1587.
  • Halub MW, Spilman SK, Gaunt KA, Lamb KD, Jackson JA, Oetting TW, Sahr SM. High-flow nasal cannula therapy for patients with blunt thoracic injury: A retrospective study. Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy, 2016:52:110-113.
  • Gaunt KA, Spilman SK, Halub MW, Jackson JA, Lamb KD, Sahr SM. High-flow nasal cannula in a mixed adult intensive care unit. Respiratory Care, 2015:60(10):1383-1389.

Elections Committee Questions:

What experience or significant contributions do you have to offer the AARC which would help accomplish one or more of the AARC Horizon Goals as presented by President Schell?

I have worked with the Iowa Society for Respiratory Care to provide grassroots efforts in our state to oppose legislation that has had a direct impact on our profession. I have the experience to speak to and write to local legislators, which gives me some experience that I could use for National Advocacy.

I also have a strong passion for education and professional development. I have implemented programs at my place of employment to allow for therapists to continue the path of professional development through advancement programs. I think this type of program development is a great resource that could be shared with other managers and directors in the profession. I have also been afforded the opportunity to share my knowledge as a leader at the AARC Summer forum and Congress and would like to continue to develop others that are moving the profession forward so that they may also present their information at both of these forums.

What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?

As the Co-Chair of the student mentorship committee in the House of Delegates, I have been able to see first hand the impact that students have on the profession and what the profession has on the students. I really feel that the future is with students and if we want to increase membership, we have to focus our attention on creating interest with the students and maintaining that interest post-graduation. Our focus can’t be on the therapists and managers that have been practicing for more than 10 years now. If they wanted to join, they would have. Instead, we need to work with the new professionals coming out of the schools and find ways to connect with them and provide them with the information and first hand mentoring that it takes to keep them members of our great profession. I believe that we need to set students up with mentorship programs in each state and strongly encourage each state to begin mentor programs for students.

Role-Specific Questions:

What do you feel are the top two or three opportunities facing your section that you believe should be addressed during your term?

I believe that we have a strong section with many members, but I would like to continue to bring on new members, especially new leaders to the profession. I know that I didn’t really understand how this section could help me in my new role until another leader advised me to join. I think that we need to get the word out more to new leaders that this section would be invaluable to them as new leaders.

I would also like to see an online workshop created for new managers/directors/supervisors that they could attend to learn what the AARC has to offer them as a new leader and maybe even develop toolkits for them to use in their new roles.

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