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Orientation to RC

RT 121

Orientation to RC

RT 121

Course Description

Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Care Program. RT 117, RT 118, RT 126, and RT 131 must be taken concurrently. Introduces the role of a professional respiratory therapist from an historical, professional, and management perspective as well as the clinical setting. Includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer.(15-30)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate, through successful completion of written examination and/or return demonstration, the ability to:

Objectives:

  • Discuss the beginnings and the history of respiratory care as a profession.
  • Relate the history of respiratory care to current practices.
  • State the name, acronym, and function of the state and national professional societies, credentialing organization, and school accreditation agency, and state the sponsoring agencies of each.
  • Discuss the role, structure, and support of the professional organizations.
  • Demonstrate support of a professional society by membership, participation in activities and/or other appropriate activities.
  • State the recognized job titles and describe the job function of each.
  • State the mechanism and requirements for credentialing of both levels of practitioners.
  • Discuss state licensure requirements, the national trend regarding licensure, and Michigan's licensure status.
  • Compare professional status granted by state licensure and credentialing agencies.
  • Name the respiratory therapy school accrediting agency and its sponsoring agencies, and state its acronym.
  • Discuss the accreditation process for a respiratory care school.

Demonstrate, through successful completion of written examination and/or return demonstration, the ability to:

Objectives:

  • Discuss the behavior characteristics demonstrated by a professional practitioner and implied by the term "professional" including (but not limited to):
  • Discuss the overlapping roles of other members of the health care team.
  • Appreciate the responsibility of the hospital for all its employees and visiting students.
  • Discuss the medical and professional code of ethics and the "Patient Bill of rights" as bases for quality and empathetic care.
  • Discuss the legal implications of medical practice.
  • Discuss the mannerisms and attitudes exhibited by a professional health care practitioner.
  • Be aware of the shared care responsibility of the hospital, college, respiratory care department, instructor, and student in the event of a malpractice lawsuit; and the need for malpractice liability insurance; and the need for documentation of clinical skills.

Demonstrate, through successful completion of written examination and/or return demonstration, the ability to:

Objectives:

  • Name the hospital accrediting agency and its sponsoring agencies, and state its acronym.
  • Given a clinical scenario:
  • Discuss the role of the hospital accrediting agency and its specifications for a respiratory care department.
  • Explain a hospital administration's view of the role of students in a hospital setting, and the responsibility and liability for the patient's safety.
  • Explain the philosophy of at least one hospital.
  • Draw or explain the organizational flowchart of at least one hospital, including the hospital administrative level and the student, and other lateral health care units outside the respiratory care department.
  • Relate the job classifications to professional preparation and credentials, either in at least one respiratory care department or according to AARC guidelines.
  • Explain the role of JCAH in the respiratory care department.
  • Explain the role of the Medical Director of the respiratory care department.
  • Explain the importance of accurate record keeping as documentation of care given, and/or auditing as a quality control maneuver.
  • Demonstrate the ability to document appropriately in the patient's chart.
  • Describe the steps involved in purchasing equipment to meet therapy goals; the process of having a department budget approved and functioning within that budget; and the role of third party payers in department structures, function, and growth.
  • Explain the general fire safety procedures utilized in the college's clinical affiliates.
  • State the specialty respiratory/cardiovascular services offered in each of the hospitals toured.
  • Identify the individuals and state the name and credentials of the management staff, supervisory staff on the shift to which the student is assigned, and the assigned clinical instructor at the assigned clinic.
  • Describe and demonstrate the method of paging individuals within the hospital.
  • Locate the Department's copy of the Procedure and Policy Manual, and locate specific procedure and/or policy statements within it.
  • Locate a clock with the official Department time.
  • Locate the Department, department storerooms, restrooms, cafeteria, outside doors, parking lots, assigned nursing units, student lockers or storage areas, and elevators and stairways.
  • Locate areas and equipment within the department which the student will utilize.
  • Adhere to the department policy regarding borrowing and returning educational materials.
  • State the times and locations of shift report.
  • Appreciate and reflect in behavior the feelings of the various practitioners in the department regarding the role and expertise of students.
  • Explain the basic components of Therapist-Driven Protocols (TDPs).
  • Describe different types of protocols.
  • Identify factors in the successful implementation of TDPs.
  • Discuss factors that may interfere with successful implementation of TDPs.

Demonstrate, through successful completion of written examination and/or return demonstration, the ability to:

Objectives:

  • Explain the purpose and various components of an appropriate resume.
  • Write an appropriate resume.
  • Identify appropriate interviewing skills.
  • Demonstrate appropriate interviewing skills.
  • Describe the type of job that is likely to provide the environment for adequate preparation for the registry examinations.
  • Research job possibilities.
  • Discuss the possible upward and lateral mobility mechanisms in the field of Respiratory Care.

Demonstrate, through successful completion of written examination and/or return demonstration, the ability to:

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques for taking a patient's pulse and blood pressure.
  • Perform basic cardiac life support to current American Heart Association standards (two year certification).