2012 OPEN FORUM Abstracts
ADVANCED RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONER INITIATIVE.
Lisa M. Johnson, Deniese LeBlanc, James A. Ganetis, Sheri Tooley, Ron Jacobs; Respiratory Care, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Background: The concept of a Masters prepared Respiratory Care Practitioner with an advanced scope of clinical practice and prescriptive rights was discussed at the Stony Brook University Respiratory Care Program Advisory Committee meeting in November 2009. Several members from this advisory committee attended the New York State Society Respiratory Care (NYSSRC) Board of Directors meeting in June 2010 to share and discuss this idea. The board supported the initiative by creating a NYSSRC Ad Hoc Masters Committee. This committee was charged with the following: 1. Promote the concept by communicating with members of the NYSSRC, the Respiratory Care profession, and other interested healthcare practitioners; 2. Survey members of our profession using resources available through the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC); 3. Obtain legislative sponsorship and support when needed. Method: An e-mail was sent to New York State AARC members requesting participation in a thirteen question survey posted on SurveyMonkeyTM from November 10, 2010 to December 10, 2010, requesting feedback regarding the creation of a Masters prepared advanced Respiratory Care Practitioner with prescriptive rights. Results: The thirteen question survey was e-mailed to 2496 AARC members in New York State with 355 responses.The survey results indicated: 54.1% respondents had greater than 20 years experience, 49% worked at medical centers, 49.9% worked as staff therapists, 84.5% identified critical care as an area of expertise, 85.4% were licensed respiratory therapists, 71.5% felt they were limited in advancement opportunities in our profession, 54.2% have considered changing professions and 66.9% felt a Masters prepared Respiratory Care Practitioner with prescriptive rights would be beneficial for the practice of Respiratory Care in New York State. Conclusion: The survey results indicate that New York State AARC members support the creation of a Masters prepared Respiratory Care Practitioner with prescriptive rights. These results provide initial needs analysis data for program development, stakeholder support and legislative sponsorship. It is hoped that the results of this survey will stimulate discussion within the profession and with other interested parties so that a model for a national curriculum can be created. Sponsored Research - None