GNTC: Respiratory Care Technology

Uploaded by GNTC1 on 22.06.2011

(Announcer) We call them “RTs” for short.
They are Respiratory Therapists.
These are the men and women who help with breathing and life support problems a patient
with heart and lung difficulties may be suffering.
They work at the direction of a physician who often factors in an RT’s judgment when
determining a patient’s care and many of them are graduates of the Respiratory Care
Technology Progrm at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
(Jeffery Thompson) You have to be a caring person, that is willing
to work hard, very detail oriented.
(Announcer) Meet Jeffrey Thompson who directs the Respiratory
Therapy Program at Floyd Medical Center.
(Jeffery Thompson) I think that if you set out to do something
like this you are going to have to put your nose to the grindstone for a while . . .
(Announcer) Respiratory Therapists work with patients
suffering from a variety of pulmonary problems including: Pneumonia, Asthma, Emphysema, and
Heart Disease.
(Respiratory Therapist) Nice Slow deep breaths. . .
(Announcer) They know how use life support monitoring
equipment, as well as the latest in technology for delivering oxygen to help a patient with
trouble breathing.
(Announcer) Education is one thing, but there is nothing
better than hands-on experience.
Students will spend a great deal of time in a hospital following real Respiratory Therapists
on the job.
(Leah Fajardo) Clinicals is a big part of the respiratory
program here at Georgia Northwestern. You get to experience everything. You learn
it in a book. You come to the lab and learn even more. You put your hands-on, and then
you are out there in the clinicals within the second quarter of the program.
(Zenia Bratton) We ask them to shadow and get to know exacully
what they’re getting themselves into, to see if they are really wanting that high-paced
environment because it is very fast paced. We move around a lot in the hospital. We’re
on every code situation. We pretty much accept responsibility to all patients who are cardiopulmonary
having difficulty.
(Announcer) Zenia Bratton directs the Respiratory Care
Technology Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
There is a growing need for Respiratory Therapist.
As the baby boomers get older, the demand for their respiratory health care will increase
and Respiratory Therapists are likely see more responsibilities in the future including
case management and disease prevention.
Right now about 80 percent of the jobs are in hospitals.
You will likely find a RT in the Respiratory Care, Anesthesiology, or Pulmonary Medicine
(Zenia Bratton) A majority of the time therapist will graduate
and they'll work in the hospital settings that is a majority of where your work is going
to come as a Respiratory Therapist. A lot of times you can work as well in home health
care or you can work in rehabilitation settings or doctors offices doing pulminary funtion
testing and other testing with pulminary patients. A majority of times we'll work in the hospitals
and you can work in accute care settings doing theraputic and diagnostic procedures or you
can work in intensive care settings; working and managing the life support machines which
we also call machanical ventilators and you can work with patients who are not breathing
for themselves or not able to have their lungs funtion as appropriately as they should. So
from intensive care to emergency room to accute care for infants whose lungs are immature
to elderly whose lungs are dieased, were all over spectrum all over the hospital.
(Announcer) Now . . there’s a strong future for a good
paying job as a Respiratory Therapist.
The U.S. Labor Department predicts an increase of about 21 percent in the demand for qualified
RTs over the next few years.
(Leah Fajardo) I believe Respiratory Therapists play a big
part in the medical field. Everybody has to breathe and nurses deal more with the medication
portion of it, where Respiratory Therapy deals with teaching how to breathe and how to handle
the respiratory issues.
(Announcer) Starting pay generally depends on the region
in which you decide to work.
You can expect that first pay check in Northwest Georgia to be around 17 to 20 dollars an hour
with those wages increasing the closer you go to Atlanta for work.
(Zenia Bratton) If you go closer to the city of Atlanta you
may start out a little bit more per hour. You can also have shift differentials . . . anytime
you decide to work on weekends, night shifts, and other alternate shifts except for day
shift, you get extra money that way as well.
(Announcer) You will find the Respiratory Care Technology
Program taught at the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
It will take about two and a half years to earn an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory
Care Technology.
Then you will be eligable to sit for the State license for Respiratory Therapist.
Every state requires Respiratory Therapists to hold a valid license except for Alaska
and Hawaii.
(Zenia Bratton) The attributes of a student would come when
a student is very interested, early on, in math and science and is interested in taking
care of people.
(Announcer) The Respiratory Care Program at Georgia Northwestern
Technical College is fully accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs, and the college is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate of Applied Science
(Announcer) So . . . do what many students have in considering
this as a career choice.
(Leah Fajardo) Definitely look up your options, see whats
available, sit in on an orientation, sit in on a class and research it.
(Announcer) And if you will pardon the cliché, when you
do become a certified Respiratory Therapist you will feel a certain sense of accomplishment
that will hit you like . . . a breath of fresh air.