What is a respiratory therapist's job really like?

Do you receive on-the-job training or is a program the norm? I need a decent, but easier to break into, healthcare job so that I can gain experience while studying in college. I currently plan to enter a PA program later... Thank you : )

Asked By: Miss.Understanding - 6/18/2007
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Respiratory therapists normally work 12-hour days (although, if there are hospitals that work on 8-hour schedules, they may work those, too), and they see a lot of things on the job. They are responsible for giving breathing treatments, suctioning patients, bagging patients (giving them oxygen when they've coded or are... More
Answered By: kraezee23 - 6/18/2007
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There is a 2 yr program specifically for respiratory therapists. In the hospital setting, they are key players & earn comparable salaries to RNs.
Answered By: ☞~rose~☞ - 6/18/2007
A Respiratory Therapist is an allied health professional concerned with the diagnostic evaluation, treatment, and management of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders... More
Answered By: Sherri - 6/18/2007
honey, just be a PA, RT would be a waste of 2 yrs education and money. here's what they do.....go see patients who have trouble breathing in the hospital, they suction mucus by sticking rubber catheters down their trach hole or mouth/nose, they hook pts up to breathing treatments and cpap machines. If you aren't... More
Answered By: Garden by M - 6/18/2007
The job of a Respiratory Therapist is to assist the Physician in precisely locating and treatinga condition in the human body that is threatening the efficient functioning of the Cardio thoracic region of the body and all units of critical care systems.It is just abput as serious and complicated as a Registered... More
Answered By: cs r - 6/21/2007
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