Education Section Chair
Associate Professor Program Chair
Midwestern State University
Member Since: 2001
Elections Committee Questions:
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the AARC and what do you recommend to address it?
The biggest challenge facing the AARC is the perception of the organization. There have been a lot of challenges and changes over the past few years for the organization and the profession. In May of 2022, several key stakeholders met and did strategic planning. The AARC will need to formulate strategies to successfully execute the strategic plan. Transparency and communication with members are important pieces of the key to success. In addition, there must be tracking reporting and performance management. There must be follow-through and not reinventing the wheel. The AARC should work with other key organizations to address issues of retention value leadership and recruitment. The AARC must demonstrate the value of being a member of the organization. Most importantly the AARC should celebrate and reward the wins small and big.
What ideas do you have to help todays Respiratory Therapist recover from the pandemic and what do you feel is the main issue Respiratory Care Practitioners are facing, and what key solutions should be addressed to support our profession?
Respiratory Therapists are HEROS. Respiratory Care Practitioners are facing a multitude of issues. The main issues I feel the profession is facing are staffing issues and burnout. I feel we need to find out what Respiratory Therapists want. Listen and hear how they feel and learn more about how they want to be supported. Continue to update and build new clinical practice guidelines. Find unique ways to recruit students to help them with tuition and get qualified well prepared respiratory therapists into the workforce in a timely manner. Help RTs feel valued at the bedside by providing advancement and educational opportunities. Create self-care mental health initiatives, workshops, and programs. Help to bring back joy. Help RTs find their WHY again.
Value of this section is important. If given the opportunity to represent, what would you do to increase the value to this section and how would you increase section membership?
All stakeholders must work together to amplify their voices. Respiratory Therapists need to be well known and recognized as valued members of the healthcare team. We need to move forward with advanced education initiatives Bachelor Master Doctoral APRT. We must define the value-added role of the respiratory therapist. Leaders, managers, directors, and educators must continue to work together to find unique ways to recruit students and help them with tuition. Get qualified well prepared respiratory therapists into the workforce in a timely manner. The respiratory profession needs to be a household name. I would love to see a TV or reality show about respiratory therapists. Execute a sustainable marketing plan. Dream big!