The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1998 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Resources and tactics for incorporating new skills: Curricular implications of the new NBRC matrix

Tim Op't Holt, Ed.D., R.R.T.

Beginning with the Entry Level Examination in July and the Advanced Practitioner Examination in December of 1999, the latest revision of the NBRC's examination matrix includes tasks not previously included on these examinations.

The following new tasks are included in the new examination matrices:

A. assess patient's learning needs

B. develop quality improvement programs

C. review interdisciplinary patient and family care plan

D. new airways: laryngeal mask and esophageal tracheal

combitube

E. CO, He, O_{2}, and specialty gas analyzers

F. Flutter valve and SPAG devices

G. application of computer technology to patient management

H. communication of results of therapy per patient care

protocols

I. use of newer bronchial hygiene techniques, including

IPV and chest wall oscillation

J. independent lung ventilation

K. assisting physicians with percutaneous needle biopsy,

chest tube insertion, line insertion, conscious sedation,

and patient education and disease management programs.

Resources for the respiratory therapy educator will be presented so that they can include these topics into curricula within the present academic year, since their graduates will see questions related to these matrix areas on their credentialing examinations. In addition, attendees are encouraged to bring with them for sharing, teaching materials applicable to the topics listed.

The 44th International Respiratory Congress Abstracts-On-DiskĀ®, November 7 - 10, 1998, Atlanta, Georgia.

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