JournalCasts Help RTs Keep Up on the Latest Research

 Published: November 15, 2017

By: Heather Willden


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Keeping up with research in respiratory care can be a challenge for respiratory therapists, students and educators. To help, the AARC hosts monthly JournalCasts featuring the latest research from RESPIRATORY CARE. In fact, the November JournalCast is coming up this Friday (Nov. 17) and will focus on the research design and interpretation of the results in the “The Impact of Ventilator-Associated Events in Critically Ill Patients with Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation” paper. Participants in the live event will earn one free CRCE.

We asked AARC educators and students to share about the value they have received through the JournalCast series. Here’s what they had to say.

A great teaching and learning tool

Georgianna Sergakis, PhD, RRT, FAARC, assistant professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus, wants her students to become lifelong learners, and she loves the fact that the JournalCasts take what are often complex scientific studies and break them down into a more digestible form.

“These JournalCasts bring the information to us in an accessible and easy to understand format,” Dr. Sergakis said. “What a great teaching and learning tool.”

The monthly sessions, which are all delivered online, often serve as a spark to also further discussion.

“The JournalCasts are an excellent tool for educators and students to stay abreast of current research, discuss innovations in the field, and continue to broaden their understanding in order to contribute to the best respiratory care possible for our patients and communities,” Dr. Sergakis said.

New element to RT education

Dr. Sergakis’ students agree that the JournalCasts offer a great value.

“RT students and educators should use JournalCasts as much as they can,” said Emma Sturbleng, student. “They offer the chance to interact with new findings, keep current on RT developments, and they allow RT students to read and learn from highly respected RTs.”

Rida Khan, student, likes the fact that the JournalCasts give her the opportunity to practice her critical thinking skills.

“I think as a student, JournalCasts give me insight to current concepts and advances into respiratory therapy from a perspective of a professional,” Khan said.

For Allyson Kender, student, the JournalCasts add a new element to RT education that she believes helps to keep students engaged in the learning process.

“I believe that incorporating different types of learning to a curriculum, such as technology-based learning, provides the stimulation that students need in order to further their clinical education,” Kender said. “Taking advantage of these JournalCasts is a great way to make students think critically due to their in-depth discussions and interpretations of current research.

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Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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