The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1996 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Today's RCP: Do We Know What's Going On? Are We Really Changing?

Kevin L. Shrake, MA RRT FACHE Monday, November 4, 1996

Many RCPs know what is going on in our rapidly changing healthcare environment and are leading the change process. Others are aware of the trends and what should be done to adjust, but for a variety of reasons are slow to change. Unfortunately others fall into a group that are not aware of the need for change and are at major risk of experiencing undesirable changes in their working environment. Those that are leading the change process are developing systems that are based on meeting the needs of future healthcare trends. They are also acquiring the education to successfully interact with other key team members across the entire continuum of care. It is important to demonstrate value by identifying pilot projects and collecting specific data to support new programs.

An outline for a success strategy in Cardio-Pulmonary Departments includes:

* Develop a strong patient assessment/treatment system * Establish team relationships with Nurses, Physicians and other professionals * Identify educational needs and implement strategies to improve staff knowledge * Network with key professionals by encouraging involvement in state and national societies. * Implement strategies to function across the continuum of care * Establish cross functional, centralized departments with decentralized services * Evaluate your position constantly and make the dynamic change process a routine part of your work life

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