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.

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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.

Respiratory therapist on treating COVID patients and the shortage of respiratory care practitioners

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: 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.

Respiratory Therapists on a Zoom call with GMA's T.J. Holmes and Gal Gadot/Wonder Woman

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: 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.

Respiratory therapist shares experience from front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

Healthcare professional looking at lung images. Media Source: MedPageToday

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.”

Respiratory care professionals. Media Source: Providence Journal

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: 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.

Healthcare professionals giving in-patient hospital care . Media Source: WUSA-9

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.

Lori Tinkler of NBRC being interviewed by KSHB-41 News

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.”