Ambulatory and Post-Acute Care Chair
Strategy and Insights Planning Consultant
Member Since: 2012
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?
The biggest challenge facing the profession of respiratory care is the clinical shortage. The AARC has already taken steps to further the attraction and retention of therapists, but there’s room for improvement in getting respiratory therapists to join the AARC and getting current members to participate further in committees and advocacy.
Healthcare is changing more rapidly than ever. What ideas do you have to help today’s respiratory therapist meet these changes?
Respiratory therapists were burnt out during COVID and many left the field to pursue other sites of care, retired, or changed professions entirely. I think it’s important that the profession changes with the industry trends by providing more flexibility in scheduling with options of remote care, provide guidance for those that are looking to use their respiratory background outside of the hospital setting, and focusing on students entering the profession.
If given the opportunity to represent your section, what would you do to increase section membership and promote engagement?
I would market to respiratory programs to attract graduating students and respiratory therapists at home health agencies/SNFs.