Why I’m Going to AARC Congress 2019

 Published: October 2, 2019

By: Heather Willden


Maybe it’s the networking. Maybe it’s the 20+ CRCE credits. Maybe it’s the great educational sessions. Why are you going to AARC Congress 2019?

We checked in with two AARC early professional members to learn what they’re looking forward to for AARC Congress 2019.

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Making connections

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William Tarver, RRT

Going on his second Congress meeting, William Tarver, RRT, an army staff sergeant working in the 47th Combat Support Hospital, looks forward to the networking opportunities. His first Congress experience took place in 2016 when he was still a student.

“I am attending the AARC Congress to network with fellow RTs, learn as much as I can to bring back to my unit, and represent the Army RTs on a national scale as dedicated respiratory care practitioners,” Tarver said.

Tarver feels that attending events like AARC Congress 2019 early in your career gives RTs the chance to enhance their understanding of the profession.

“I feel like the early exposure to these events gets you in on the ground floor where you may not understand everything you see or what’s going on, but you can definitely appreciate it all,” Tarver said. “This in turn—in my opinion—allows you to value it more as you grow in this career field and your knowledge expands.”

Strengthening your career foundation

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Leah Kuhn, BS, RRT, RRT-NPS

Leah Kuhn, BS, RRT, RRT-NPS, shares similar sentiment and enthusiasm for AARC Congress 2019.

“I’m excited to say this will be my first Congress I’m attending,” Kuhn said. “I decided to go to the AARC Congress for the education and to learn the advancements in our field.”

She also looks forward to the opportunity to meet professionals in the field and to learn what’s being done to advance respiratory in the medical field.

Kuhn feels it’s important for RTs early in their career to be able to learn the processes of networking and create relationships that will span their careers.

“It helps open opportunities and serves to provide education for all,” Kuhn said. “Congress helps us keep current with skill practice and allows us to take this information back to our own department and be able to apply it to adapt and update policies for best practices.”

Still Time to Register for Congress

AARC Congress continually proves to be the premier event for respiratory therapists worldwide. From the connections and relationships built to the enlightening sessions, and packed exhibit hall filled with the latest tools and services, AARC Congress 2019 is designed for you. Each respiratory therapist who attends is sure to find relevant resources they can apply in their daily practice. Sign up today for AARC Congress 2019!

Email newsroom@aarc.org with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

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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