The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Ventilator Care Should Be Done By Credentialed Respiratory Care Practitioners -PRO

Karen J. Stewart, BS, RRT, LRT, Tuesday, December 9, 1997.

The majority of states who license respiratory care providers use the NBRC credentials as the foundation for issuing a license. The use of the credential is a method to assure the public that there is a measure of competency of the individual who is providing patient care.

It can be argued there are many methods to measure competency, but credentials are the basic foundation. To understand why the credential is a minimal measurement of competency one must understand the methodology used by the NBRC in the preparation of the entry level examination.

Another advantage of the use of credentialed personnel is the formal documentation of the competency by an examination which measures the entry level in accordance with a national standard of care, which give the employer a foundation from which to measure performance. The employer will continue to develop competency measurements in alliance with the delivery of the service particular to the organization.

Ventilator care should be provided by credentialed respiratory care providers.

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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