Building Awareness Coast to Coast
Many thanks to those in the media who have joined us in spotlighting the lifesaving power of respiratory therapy. Check out the media coverage below and join us in spreading the news that the world needs more respiratory therapists.
Source: South Dakota State University,
August 25, 2022
SDSU to lead $1.545 million BREATHE-SD project, partner with area hospitals
The project aims to increase workforce awareness and provide educational opportunities through recruitment, training and job placement for respiratory therapists in rural South Dakota communities. Dr. Sharrel Pinto, department head of Allied and Population Health at SDSU, is director of BREATHE-SD — “Bringing Resources, Education, Awareness, Training, Holistic care, and Empowerment to South Dakota.”
Source: WVU School of Medicine,
February 13, 2023
WVU School of Medicine plans to launch new respiratory therapy program
Respiratory therapists are in high demand, and the West Virginia University School of Medicine is planning to launch a new respiratory therapy bachelor’s degree program in an effort to not only give students career options but also support and grow critical respiratory services throughout West Virginia and beyond.
Source: Forbes Health,
January 26, 2023
Breathwork: What Is It And How Does It Work?
Breathwork is a broad term that encompasses various exercises involving the breath that “facilitate physical, mental and emotional healing,” according to Mandy DeVries, a registered respiratory therapist based in South Carolina and director of education at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Breathwork can encompass anything from simply being conscious and mindful about your breath to purposefully influencing it through specific steps.
January 27, 2023
Pa. hospitals facing 30% staffing shortages
A recent study by the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania says three out of 10 positions remained vacant at the end of last year. The positions include registered nurses, medical assistants, respiratory therapists, and nurse practitioners.
Source: RT Magazine,
October 24, 2022
The Respiratory Therapist Shortage: Why Healthcare Must Invest in RTs
Healthcare organizations, industry associations, RT schools and even industry partners (eg, respiratory equipment manufacturers and service providers) must come together and act now to invest in the field of respiratory care and those working in the profession.
Source: LancasterOnline (LNP),
March 13, 2022
A Respiratory Therapist Tells of this Pandemic’s ‘Hard Days’ and His Hope for Better Ones
“I am emerging from the pandemic a different person than I was just two years ago. Before COVID-19, I am not sure many people knew what a respiratory therapist does. Put simply, we treat people who have problems with their lungs and breathing, using therapies or devices to do so. Because COVID-19 is a virus that causes severe inflammation of the lungs, respiratory therapists were on the front lines during the pandemic
Source: Ottawa Citizen,
March 11, 2022
Unsung health-care heroes in Ottawa getting more recognition
They have long been the unsung heroes of health care, but the pandemic has thrust respiratory therapists into an unfamiliar spotlight. At the beginning of the pandemic, Patel was part of a team coming up with plans to manage patients whose conditions might deteriorate quickly and require intervention to help them breathe.
March 25, 2022
UT respiratory therapist brings caring element during frightening times
Kerri Jordan has been one of the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. The respiratory therapist at UT Medical Center has helped countless survivors suffering lung damage get their quality of life back. The hospital recently put the spotlight on Jordan and her team.
Source: The Loop UI Health Care, University of Iowa,
Jan. 5, 2022
40 years of critical care: One respiratory therapist’s experience in the MICU
From an early age, Lynn Mellecker knew she wanted to be a respiratory therapist and knew where she wanted to work: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. This stems, in part, from the care her older brother received here for spina bifida. “After I graduated high school, I said to myself, ‘Oh, I need to go work there,’” Mellecker, senior respiratory therapist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), says.
Source: ABC Action News/WFTS Tampa Bay, FL,
Nov. 8, 2021
Number of respiratory therapy students on the rise to help fight COVID-19
The need for respiratory therapists has increased 23 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “It is definitely possible to go directly from high school into this program and continue if you have the drive and work ethic to do it,” said Clarence Weaver, a student of Concorde Career Institute’s respiratory therapy program.
Source: WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA, September 27, 2021
‘Looking at a mirror reflection’ | Respiratory therapist at CHOA was once a patient
Fredrick Menard knows what it’s like to be a patient at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Nearly thirty years later, he’s caring for patients like himself.
Source: M Health Fairview, October 25, 2021
Respiratory therapist saves lives two miles above the earth
Performing life-saving procedures in a helicopter or scrubbing in for complex heart surgeries? It’s all in a day’s work for Respiratory Therapist Cindy Hacker, RRT, NPS, who helps critically ill people keep breathing.
Source: WTVD-TV, Raleigh, N.C., October 28, 2021
Raleigh man credits Duke respiratory therapists for saving him from COVID-19
This week celebrates respiratory therapists and the care they provide their patients. A Raleigh man said it’s because of a respiratory therapist team that he survived COVID-19 and said honoring them for one week is just not enough.
Source: ABC11 News, Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 19, 2021
Local respiratory therapist describes ‘heartbreaking’ job as North Carolina faces shortage
“A lot of people don’t know who we are and what we do. … We work on the front lines. We work on the ventilators, all the oxygen equipment, all the breathing equipment. We are in high demand,” said Brandii Smithson, respiratory therapist. That demand is putting a strain on her patient load as her and her team members triage people at the hospital.
Source: KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO, January 29, 2021
Respiratory therapist at KU health system given Super Bowl tickets
Michelle Rotrock, RRT, RRT-ACCS, has been on the front lines fighting COVID-19 since the very beginning of the pandemic.
Source: WLS-TV, Chicago, IL, November 24, 2020
Respiratory therapists struggle to keep up with COVID-19 demands
Hospitals are seeing a shortage of Respiratory Therapists.
Source: The Washington Post, October 19, 2020
This hospital worker’s ability to adapt has attracted the attention of an NFL quarterback
Savannah Stuard is a respiratory therapist who works with covid-19 patients at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. She is used to people doing a double take when they see her providing bedside care, because Stuard was born without a left lower arm and hand.
Source: HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2020
Coronavirus: Providing Respiratory Therapy on Frontline of the Pandemic
A respiratory therapist who traveled to New York City during The Big Apple’s coronavirus patient surge shares her story.
Source: Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL, August 4, 2020
One of the biggest hurdles for COVID-19 patients is breathing. Respiratory therapists help make it happen, but the field is dwindling.
Often unsung in the COVID-19 crisis, respiratory therapists focus on helping people breathe — job duties include managing ventilation and artificial airways and assessing breathing challenges — and that means they play a large role in the treatment of coronavirus patients.
Source: WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, PA, July 21, 2020
Hometown Hero: South Jersey Respiratory Therapist Beats COVID-19
A Cape May, New Jersey respiratory therapist is set to go back to work after a bout with the coronavirus.
Source: pennmedicine.org News, July 6, 2020
Respiratory Therapists Lend Special Expertise to Keep COVID Patients Breathing Easier
When COVID-19 arrived — imperiling the sickest patients’ ability to breathe — the role of the respiratory therapist took on a new urgency.
Source: The Vent Room Podcast, May 31, 2020
The Vent Room Podcast: The Role of the NBRC
Listen as Dr. Tabatha Dragonberry and NBRC CEO Lori Tinkler discuss the role of the NBRC, the Credential Maintenance Program, and the More RTs campaign.
Source: Good Morning America, May 27, 2020
Gal Gadot surprises a superhero group of front-line heroes
This inspiring video from Good Morning America celebrates the heroic work of respiratory therapists and all front-line healthcare professionals. Watch as Wonder Woman herself pops in to sing their praises – “You are the real heroes…I salute you!”
Source: Rush.edu News, May 22, 2020
Front-Line Pandemic Work Raises Interest in Respiratory Therapy Careers
Up eight percent from the same time last year, Rush University’s College of Health Sciences has seen greater interest in the Respiratory Care master’s degree program.
Source: Rocket-Miner, May 18, 2020
Behind every ventilator is a respiratory therapist
Respiratory therapists nationwide are in the thick of the outbreak, managing ventilators and assisting with intubation. Increased demand for therapists during the pandemic has highlighted a shortage that has persisted for years. The shortage exists in part due to a low awareness of the profession.
Source: WTKR News 3, Coastal VA & Northeast NC, May 12, 2020
Virginia Beach respiratory therapist shares experience from front lines of the pandemic in NYC
Darla Grese, a respiratory therapist from Norfolk, Va., left her family and job to take on the COVID-19 crisis in New York City during its peak of new cases. Five weeks later, she says she will never be the same because of the experience.
Source: MedPage Today, May 4, 2020
Respiratory Therapists Play Critical Role in COVID-19 Pandemic
Respiratory therapists in the country’s hot spots are responding to unprecedented challenges from COVID-19: “Everyone here, they’re all stricken by this virus and they’re fighting for their life.”
Source: Providence Journal, May 2, 2020
‘We’re not used to seeing patients so sick’
The care they provide, the emotions they feel, their concerns for their safety and for the families they go home to — this is life on the front lines for respiratory therapists treating coronavirus patients in intensive care units.
Source: Rush.edu News, May 1, 2020
Second Year Respiratory Care Master’s Students Gain Valuable Real-Time Experience
At Rush University Medical Center, a group of respiratory care 2nd-year master’s students are gaining valuable real-time experience working side-by-side with respiratory therapists.
Source: WUSA-9, Washington, D.C., May 1, 2020
Unsung heroes of COVID-19: respiratory therapists
As they work tirelessly to give the breath of life to critically ill patients, respiratory therapists are exhausted from their long hours and increased demand, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Source: KSHB-41, Kansas City, Mo., April 30, 2020
Respiratory therapists: ‘Unsung heroes’ in the fight against COVID-19
At patients’ bedside to manage ventilation systems and breathing tubes, respiratory therapists are a vital part of critical care teams: “We are the ones that help keep you breathing.”