I wrote the original ‘Top 10 Reasons to Become a Respiratory Therapist’ a few years ago. The post exploded on social networks on Respiratory Week of last year. The Post was shared over 30,000 times. This year’s Respiratory Week is October 22, 2017 to October 28, 2017 and I hope to double the amount of shares. Thus I’ve updates the original post and have added some extra content.

1. Being part of a multidisciplinary team

In Hospital Respiratory Therapists (RT) are part of an elite team of Doctors, Nurses, and many other Health Care Professionals. This team works together in the most intense experiences life can offer from emergency traumas to neonatal resuscitation. Outside the Hospital Respiratory Therapist are part of a collaborative processes involving medical and healthcare professionals in developing  care plans for patient and the patient’s family.

2. The vast amount of areas to work

Respiratory Therapist work in a variety of areas inside and outside the hospital, these areas include:

  • Adult Intensive Care Units (AICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)
  • Emergency Departments (ED)
  • Medicine Wards
  • Surgical Wards
  • Pulmonary Wards
  • Operating Rooms
  • Pulmonary Function Labs
  • Bronchoscopy Suites
  • Respiratory Educators
  • Respiratory home care
  • Respiratory Sales
  • Respiratory Sleep Labs
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

3. Respiratory Therapist Salaries

How much money does a Respiratory Therapist earn? In Canada a Respiratory Therapist can earn $80,000 – $100,000 Canadian dollars a year depending the province you reside. respiratory Therapists in the United States make around $40,000 – $80,000 USD. This is just your base line, there are multiple ways to bring double your income. See below how I’m making some extra Respiratory earnings.

4. Drawing and Interpretation of Arterial Blood Gases

The interpretation of arterial blood gases (ABGs) is an essential assessment skill for the Respiratory Therapist. ABG analysis can be fun and exciting, as well as an important tool for patient care. Using ABGs as an assessment tool, the Respiratory Therapist can determine the patient’s acid-base status and initiate prompt, appropriate respiratory intervention and medical consultation.

5. Ventilator Management

Ventilator Management

Mechanical ventilation is used to treat patients with respiratory failure from inadequate ventilation or oxygenation (or both), as evidenced by hypoxemia with or without hypercapnia. You are the ventilation specialist and with today’s sophisticated machines, what seems like a simple change may actually require multiple adjustments to optimize the settings for a particular patient.

6. Respiratory Therapist’s Circle of Friends

I love the fact my best friends are Respiratory Therapist too. They understand how fun and how hard the job can be.

7. Perks of wearing scrubs

Their are many perks for wearing scrubs at work, here are my favorite.

  • The number one perk of scrubs is NOT having to worry about what to wear at work. You never have to waste time planning and choosing work outfits.
  • No buttons. And you don’t have to buy new scrubs when your weight fluctuates…Thanks drawstrings!

8. The Great Debate: Respiratory Therapist vs Nurses

The debate is officially on! It’s a question that comes up quite often: Whose job is better, Respiratory Therapists or Nurses?  Choosing a career in the medical field can be a daunting task, with respiratory therapy and nursing being two of the best and most popular options.

9. Build Website about Respiratory Therapy

You can make residual income with building an online businesses that take advantage of what you know as a Respiratory Therapist. Do like I’ve have done and make a respiratory website, a respiratory website can be the spring board for your respiratory products.  I have successfully used RespCalc.com to help inform people about the respcalc app, respcalc.com online equations, and  respcalc medical calculations ebook.

Tools I use to make my website:

Bluehost is a website hosting provider with free domain and WordPress install.
Best wordpress theme and the theme I’m currently using can be found at Elegant Themes.

10. Best Respiratory Therapy Tip for School

21 Tips for Surviving Respiratory Therapy School