Former Director of Cardiopulmonary Services and Hospital Safety at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL, 1990 -2022
Member Since: 1979
House of Delegates Activities:
Elections Committee Questions:
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the profession of respiratory care, and what do you recommend the ARC do to address it?
Currently, the profession of respiratory therapy is experiencing a severe shortage of therapists. This shortage is in part due to the number of therapists leaving the field during and after covid, and the decrease in the number of people entering healthcare fields. The AARC needs to be actively involved in promoting the profession to HOSA and other organizations to educate and recruit new people into the field. At the same time, the AARC will need to continue working on the Strategic Plan to Elevate, Engage, Advocate, and Educate to best position our profession for the future.
Healthcare is changing more rapidly than ever. What ideas do you have to help today’s respiratory therapist meet these changes?
Today’s respiratory therapists must be an active part of the healthcare interdisciplinary teams at their facilities to have a seat at the table and voice in the decisions made. Therapists should be taking advantage of all opportunity to increase their visibility and participation in positive ways. Membership and participation within our professional organizations will allow therapists to have the most up-to-date information, interact with therapists that have the same interests, and to advocate for changes and advancement of the profession.
Your role as Director-at Large is to represent the general AARC membership. If given the opportunity to represent, how would you use your skills and experience to advance and advocate for the respiratory care profession?
My experience working with the AARC House of Delegates, Alabama Society for Respiratory Care, and Alabama State Board of Respiratory Therapy has given me the opportunity to work with many diverse groups, listen to their needs and opinions, and advocate for measures to respond to those inputs. I would be available to the AARC membership to understand their concerns and priorities and to represent members within the AARC Board of Directors.