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sometimesibreathe in Baltimore, Maryland

14 months ago

money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/respiratory-therapist

USNews is known for their hospital rankings they put out every year.
I see a lot of negativity here. I just wanted to shed some light into our field.
I'm excited for this and think it'll allow more recognition in our career.

What do you guys think?

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Mark RCP in Somewhere out there

14 months ago

All good points but this is an article not real life, working in a hospital and its experiences.
Labor stats are just that all collected by government sources and may be out of date by several years ,no division by state to state. The part that this article left out is the truth of hiring practices, the number of students pumped out every semester, how many grads and experienced are applying for one position and how many RTs are really un-employed.
The negativity comes from many that are frustrated in how the field is not going in the right direction, lack of power in Congress. If you believe the AARC is doing anything for the field your fooled. Nursing and now PT has all the power in Congress and in the Hospitals, they control the largest budget where as Respiratory if you havent noticed is lumped in with Xray, Lab and other ancillary departments. If a budget needs cutting they always go after a ancillary department or in many cases and I know from experience that RT dept gets moved alot and then ends up in the basement.

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abbyloranger in Saco, Maine

13 months ago

Thanks for posting this article. I have been considering going back to school for RT, but reading the ever-negative comments on here has made me doubtful. I would love to work in the medical field but I'm not willing to put another 4-years worth of schools costs down the drain. I've seen tons of ads looking for RT's, so maybe I'm being naiive, but those who complain about lack of jobs aren't looking hard enough.

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Mark RCP in Somewhere out there

13 months ago

abbyloranger in Saco, Maine said: Thanks for posting this article. I have been considering going back to school for RT, but reading the ever-negative comments on here has made me doubtful. I would love to work in the medical field but I'm not willing to put another 4-years worth of schools costs down the drain. I've seen tons of ads looking for RT's, so maybe I'm being naiive, but those who complain about lack of jobs aren't looking hard enough.

Until you get into RT you will have NO clue how hard it is especially for the new grads that have no experience and school does not count. Hiring managers want some experience and with the amount of new grads flooding HR with apps they have challenge when hiring as also many get hired then cannot handle the work load or have other issues and quit. This all adds up...
Also for you information there are jobs out there but not in that particular state that the new grad maybe looking and for RT's we have to have license in Every state, so money and relocation is not easy. Each new license is expensive for you information and takes 6wk or more depending on the state.
So before you start chiming in with you comments , become a RT and then can speak to US.

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

13 months ago

abbyloranger in Saco, Maine said: Thanks for posting this article. I have been considering going back to school for RT, but reading the ever-negative comments on here has made me doubtful. I would love to work in the medical field but I'm not willing to put another 4-years worth of schools costs down the drain. I've seen tons of ads looking for RT's, so maybe I'm being naiive, but those who complain about lack of jobs aren't looking hard enough.

it took me 2 years to land a per diem job. i think you speak of what you know nothing of. i don't think RT is a bad career, it's just that it's very hard to find a job. the hospital i currently work at just barely started hiring per diems, and we're still short at nights. I had two entire floors to myself, + part of another floor. It's a lot of work, understaffed and stressful when nurses are calling you left and right, and still you have to do day shift's work because they didn't get special procedures done, etc... sputum induction, abgs, vital capities, take down unused equipment (bipaps, hi-flos, etc...) all that takes time. i'm thankful to have a job, but this field is certainly frustating.

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Allegory in Barrington, Rhode Island

13 months ago

jrmavc in you'll never know, California said: it took me 2 years to land a per diem job. i think you speak of what you know nothing of. i don't think RT is a bad career, it's just that it's very hard to find a job. the hospital i currently work at just barely started hiring per diems, and we're still short at nights. I had two entire floors to myself, + part of another floor. It's a lot of work, understaffed and stressful when nurses are calling you left and right, and still you have to do day shift's work because they didn't get special procedures done, etc... sputum induction, abgs, vital capities, take down unused equipment (bipaps, hi-flos, etc...) all that takes time. i'm thankful to have a job, but this field is certainly frustating.

I keep hearing horror stories coming out of California. Were you a recent grad? Did you stay in touch with your class and if so how did the rest of your class do finding work? I'm hoping Boston, Ma has a decent job market.

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

13 months ago

Allegory in Barrington, Rhode Island said: I keep hearing horror stories coming out of California. Were you a recent grad? Did you stay in touch with your class and if so how did the rest of your class do finding work? I'm hoping Boston, Ma has a decent job market.

New grad, yes.... Recent grad, no! - I graduated 2 years ago. First job. Per diem-nights. Pay is well.

Out of 15 in my class, only 7 have RT jobs.

Per diems get the bare minimum training. They were so busy at my hospital that I was just doing treatments. Now I work mainly the pediatrics floor, which I wasn't really trained in, but I like it. We don't keep critical kids there. Most RTs hate working peds, but since I don't mind I'm always put to work there. - I wish I had decent training in pediatrics.... However, of all floors I enjoy pediatrics the best, because they're so innocent and cute. They also get better and go home 99% of the time, and I actually feel like I'm part of the progress.

The nurses were initially resistant to me since I was new and basically knew nothing, but 1 month later they seem okay with me now. I always make pediatrics my priority, since I also get assigned general patient care as well while working in peds. If you have any questions let me know. I always check the forums regularly.

During unemployment, I decided to head back to school which I'm still going to pursue while working per diem.... But don't let anyone talk down on the RT field. We are very important. During codes and rapid responses, the nurses look to us for help, and you'd be surprised to see how even the most experienced nurses tend to panic. Sorry if my grammar and coherence is off, I'm tired. Worked 3 nights in a row.

God bless.

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

13 months ago

Mark RCP in Somewhere out there said: Until you get into RT you will have NO clue how hard it is especially for the new grads that have no experience and school does not count. Hiring managers want some experience and with the amount of new grads flooding HR with apps they have challenge when hiring as also many get hired then cannot handle the work load or have other issues and quit. This all adds up...
Also for you information there are jobs out there but not in that particular state that the new grad maybe looking and for RT's we have to have license in Every state, so money and relocation is not easy. Each new license is expensive for you information and takes 6wk or more depending on the state.
So before you start chiming in with you comments , become a RT and then can speak to US.

you're very right Mark. I'm a 2011 grad, didn't find a job 'til 2013. The workload at the hospital i'm at is insane. I was assigned 2 entire floors, + a part of another floor. that night I had 2 stat abgs, 1 rapid response and nurses calling me for prn treatments cuz their patients had a "cough" eeekk!!! - we're very short where I work, but at least i'm thankful to have a job. I do get good hours because me and this other girl who is also per diem are the only ones willing to work nights right now.

I have heard that a couple of people can't handle the workload through orientation and quit. I certainly haven't been one of those... I just go into the bathroom and splash water on my face... take a deep breath and head back out there again.

God bless.

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RRT-Ryan in Modesto, California

13 months ago

jrmavc, I just graduated in Dec. and been applying to every posting like mad, and no call backs. I have my RRT and BLS certification. Do you have any recommendations, was thinking that i should get my NPS certification. I just dont know what to do at this point.By the way, is your hospital still hiring and were in california are you located. Thanks for you suggestions.

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Mark RCP in Somewhere out there

12 months ago

RRT-Ryan in Modesto, California said: jrmavc, I just graduated in Dec. and been applying to every posting like mad, and no call backs. I have my RRT and BLS certification. Do you have any recommendations, was thinking that i should get my NPS certification. I just dont know what to do at this point.By the way, is your hospital still hiring and were in california are you located. Thanks for you suggestions.

One thing is you need ACLS/PALS also when you get the chance and can possibly afford it, just many want it these eventually. NPS is just another sham by NBRC like the Adult Critical care cert, there motivation is to be more like Nursing and there CCRN. NO hospital posting I have seen or worked in and to the many who will not true( as a traveler) I have been more hospitals small to large and no one has these certs. I would focus on seeing where you may get the opportunity even PRN will get you in the door that way you can talk to other RTs and see who hiring, a little experience will get you further than none.One thing is that you have to prove yourself and willing to take any shifts, we all had to when we started out but this was many many years ago. If possible can you relocate as this may be what you have to do but also keep in mind a license for each state takes time and money. Use this site only as a tool for job postings but find the list of hospitals by states and go onto there job page to see first hand the needs.

Good luck..

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Mark RCP in Somewhere out there

12 months ago

sorry about the miss placed words in above , but hopefully you will get the end result.

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DNA in Royal Oak, Michigan

12 months ago

Rankings mean nothing over the opinions of people who have actually worked as RTs and are honest about the profession. I think anyone going into RT is making a HUGE mistake.

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

12 months ago

DNA in Royal Oak, Michigan said: Rankings mean nothing over the opinions of people who have actually worked as RTs and are honest about the profession. I think anyone going into RT is making a HUGE mistake.

I don't think it's the worst mistake. It's not my dream job but if you're already RT I think it's the perfect job to work part-time or per diem to go to school and do something else which is what I'm attempting to do. However, if I were not to get accepted into the school I applied to... I would still do this job. It's certainly better than earning min wage or a crappy fasty food job, etc...

I'm one of those that don't hate the RT career, but I am man enough to admit that I do wish I had picked different.

Other than that I do enjoy work b/c the nurses really appreciate and I enjoy working on the pediatric floor. This last detail has made my job most bearable, being able to work with kids.

Do you think maybe they mean #24 because of pay?

What's been your experience in RT. Please do share.

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sometimesibreathe in Baltimore, Maryland

12 months ago

I recently complained to my close friends that I worked too much overtime last year and it average to 43-44 hours a week.

I have a friend who gets paid $15k less than I do being a restaurant manager at Darden Restaurants. He's at Longhorns currently. He deals with a lot of stress every day and hates his job. Works 60+ hours a week.

I have a close friend who is a mechanical engineer who makes about $10k less than me who works 50-60 hours a week depending on deadlines. Granted he sits at a office most of the day.

I have a close friend who is a CS major and sits in front of a computer all day. He makes the same as me but has a nice 9a-6pm schedule. He tells me that sometimes he goes to the bathroom even when he doesn't need to go just to get out of his cubicle.

Trust me when I say RTs have it pretty good overall.
Compared to other healthcare workers, we may have a lot to complain about but we're not bottom of the hospital food chain.

At least we aren't OTs, nutritionist, phlebotomists, social workers, x-ray techs, ECG techs, the ultrasound guy, child life specialist, pharmacy techs or anyone in billing or collections.

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Mark RCP in Somewhere out there

12 months ago

Ot and PT are not at the bottom of the hospital food chain, sadly they make more than us and always will and they pull in more support from Congress and Hospital money. As far as homecare, Medicare reimburses them not RTs. I know more than enough RTs that after being in for years are getting out and going for PA, Nursing and even Echo. Why because the money, better hours or overall better satisfaction.
And trying to say are job is overall not that bad you are in dreamland, long hours/ on your feet 12hrs a day/ one unit to another and that if your lucky/ floor to floor including the Unit and that if your lazy supervisor is wanting to help and add into working a 450 to 1000 bed hospital of which you have not.
So bs if you think we have it good and overall I think (sometimesibreathe) and saying you have friend that's a Mechanical Engineer making 10k less than ,Mechanical Engineers make 80+ so they must be in the wrong company.
So those who read these posts remember the ones who spout this RT is an overall good field have 1) not been a RT long. 2) Never worked outside there Hospital and never traveled as an RT and seen the true world of Respiratory.

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sometimesibreathe in Baltimore, Maryland

12 months ago

Maybe our hospital just treat OTs like a joke. PTs are awesome.

www1.salary.com/Mechanical-Engineer-I-Salary.html
Yes I make more than my ME buddy. We've both been in our respective fields for four years. I guess I'm still young.

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

12 months ago

RRT-Ryan in Modesto, California said: jrmavc, I just graduated in Dec. and been applying to every posting like mad, and no call backs. I have my RRT and BLS certification. Do you have any recommendations, was thinking that i should get my NPS certification. I just dont know what to do at this point.By the way, is your hospital still hiring and were in california are you located. Thanks for you suggestions.

I prefer not to say where I'm located on these forums but if you give me your email I can message you. At this time they're not hiring anymore. I believe mid June, work starts to die down and I myself will be out of work too but in a private email I have no problem telling you the city and name of the hospital I work at. I believe everyone needs a fair chance at getting a job.

I don't think credentials matter all too much. I am an RRT-NPS, however, with no experience. I work with CRTs that can dance circles around me. I feel bamboozled by the NBRC and their credentials. My credentials expire in 2018 but hopefully I will have made a career change by then so I don't have to renew them.

Get your PALS and ACLS if you can. A lot of hospitals ask for this. I myself will get PALS just for my own piece of mind if I were to need it at work with kids (God forbid). It'll also give me CEUs for my license.

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ryan in Montebello, California

12 months ago

it's chizzy162@aol.com,

Right now working on getting ACLS, plan for summer is finishing all cert. PALS and NRP. Would love to chat with you about what I am doing wrong.

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rrt-nps, rpft in Jersey City, New Jersey

11 months ago

DNA in Royal Oak, Michigan said: Rankings mean nothing over the opinions of people who have actually worked as RTs and are honest about the profession. I think anyone going into RT is making a HUGE mistake.

The field is flooded, the schools keep putting out students, and there are no jobs!

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

11 months ago

rrt-nps, rpft in Jersey City, New Jersey said: The field is flooded, the schools keep putting out students, and there are no jobs!

I really do agree with you. How long have you been in this field? Do you think it makes a difference being an RRT-NPS at a Children's Hospital? - I'm new to the field, only 3 months in, and while I don't hate it... I definitely don't feel like this is for me

I want to go back to school for something else while working RT on the weekends since I'm per-diem and I pick my availability but my family says I should be happy with what I got. My family's opinion matters but ultimately it will be my decision. I don't think I can do this for more than 5 years, that's for sure.

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

11 months ago

rrt-nps, rpft in Jersey City, New Jersey said: The field is flooded, the schools keep putting out students, and there are no jobs!

Also I forgot to mention... It took me 2 years to find a job as an RT, and it's only a per-diem position. I am thankful, but in those 2 years I've had a lot to think about and reconsider. I feel that my RT job right now is perfect to cushion me economically while I go back to school. I hear a lot of my coworkers complain about this profession. I don't wanna become a complainer in the department too, I rather just take action and make my RT career as short as possible.

Thanks lending your ears and eyes. I come on these forums to vent and reassure myself sometimes.

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Beth in Plano in Plano, Texas

11 months ago

How much was Respiratory Therapy school ?

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jrmavc in you'll never know, California

11 months ago

Beth in Plano in Plano, Texas said: How much was Respiratory Therapy school ?

I went the community college route. It was $3000 max. Trade schools will charge you an arm and a leg which these days runs anywhere from 40k - 60k.

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Socal Kimi in San Dimas, California

9 months ago

jrmavc in you'll never know, California said: I went the community college route. It was $3000 max. Trade schools will charge you an arm and a leg which these days runs anywhere from 40k - 60k.

If you don't mind me asking, which school did you go to?

I am wrapping up my prerequisites and applying for the RT program @ Mt. Sac.

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