The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2006 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN RESPIRATORY CARE

Anthony L. Bilenki MA,RRT; Stacey E. Mann BS, RRT; Bradley Taylor BA, RRT. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Introduction: Respiratory Care as a profession is still in its infancy and continues to grow and develop. A mere 50 years ago the primary responsibility of the "Oxygen Technician" was to repeatedly deliver and retrieve full and empty medical gas cylinders and clean "inhalation" equipment

As decades have passed, responsibilities of the Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) have evolved. The individual that at one time delivered and processed equipment now has a number of different responsibilities.


Professional Development Programs in Respiratory Care provide professionals and departments with the following opportunities.


Method:  The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) Department of Respiratory Care Services (RCS) has had a professional development program in place for the last 10 years. There have been several iterations of this program over the past decade. The current program offers RCP's three levels of growth from entry-level to advanced practitioners. The purpose of this program was to provide a mechanism for the developmental needs of the staff, the department, and the institution. Development of this program was driven in part by the lack of higher education programs in RC being available. The professional development program has helped JHH RCS and more importantly its staff in the following arenas.


Results:  Programs such as these serve as follows:


Conclusion:   Even in its success this program continues to evolve. The issues of dual credentials, levels of experience, and education continue to act as challenges in the administration of this program.


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