The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

PREPARING THE NEWLY HIRED RESPIRATORY THERAPIST FOR SUCCESS UTILIZING AN INTENSIVE EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM.

Tammy R. Byrd, Abby Motz; Division of Respiratory Care, Cincinnati ChildrenÂ’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

BACKGROUND: Education is a key component in preparing the respiratory care profession for the future of healthcare. It is evident that through recent publications that the existing and future respiratory therapists (RTs) should be competent in traditional and non-traditional areas of respiratory care. Our institution cultivates an atmosphere that promotes life-long learning; starting with all newly hired respiratory therapists. Starting in 2008, we devised an educational curriculum program for all newly hired respiratory therapists at our institution called Respiratory Review Knowledge Know-How (R2K2). One of the goals of the R2K2 class is to guarantee consistency in the standards of respiratory care practice at our institution, as well as creating a safe environment for learning while ensuring competency. Curriculum included: patient assessment and situational awareness, newborn anomalies, airway clearance techniques, asthma and bronchiolitic protocols, tracheostomy care, suctioning, cardiac defects and recognizing the cardiac pediatric patient, invasive and non-invasive ventilator management, acid-base balance, crash cart emergencies, and respiratory care charge capturing. METHOD: Surveys were distributed to each of the newly hired RTs post R2K2 class completion to assess the quality of the education curriculum. Survey questions were in a form of a likert scale (ranging from 1 being strongly disagree to 7 being strongly agree) and open comments. RESULTS: 57% of the respondents strongly agreed and 37% moderately agreed that new knowledge and skills were obtained. 62% strongly agreed and 29% moderately agreed that the new knowledge and skills learned could be applied to their job. 65% strongly agreed and 32% moderately agreed that the training was a worthwhile investment for career development. 68% strongly agreed and 28% moderately agreed that the training was a worthwhile investment for the division. CONCLUSION: As a direct result of the R2K2 classes, quality education was delivered while ensuring that the standards of care throughout the institution were maintained. The educational curriculum established for the newly hired RTs has provided valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied to both the clinical and professional realm. Sponsored Research - None