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Top 25 Respiratory Therapists Interview Questions

Tell me about your education.
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Question 2 of 33
Why should we hire you?
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"I graduated at the top of my class. I studied hard and learned to manage the stress in my life. Coworkers enjoy working with me because I am positive and dedicated to giving my patients the highest standard of care I could provide."
What qualities do you have that make you stand out? You know you're qualified. You know you're capable and well equipped to perform the duties listed in the job description. How can you express that to your interviewer? Think of some ways you can sum up your qualities in a few statements. For example, you could say, "I graduated at the top of my class. I studied hard and learned to manage the stress in my life. Coworkers enjoy working with me because I am positive and dedicated to giving my patients the highest standard of care I could provide." Explain how your traits have produced results. Why are you the best candidate for this position?
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Question 3 of 33
What do you know about our healthcare facility?
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Before your job interview, make sure you are familiar with the company mission and values. We recommend visiting the company website, reading employee reviews or talking to anyone you know that works there to learn as much as you can. You want to be able to talk about what you like about the company so that you can convince them you're the best fit for the role. Your interest in volunteer events and their commitment to patient care shows them how well you would integrate into this position and the culture of the company. Watch the videos on their website, and take note of the information on their careers page if one is available. Be prepared to talk about how much you appreciate their values and reputation. Whatever their mission is, you need to know it. And if you're not clear on something you read or heard, ask about it!
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Question 4 of 33
Tell me about a character trait that makes you a good candidate for this job?
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"What traits would help me to accomplish these tasks on a daily basis?"
Integrity, humbleness and empathy are all character traits that would make you a great candidate for the job. Think about a day in the life of a respiratory therapist. What challenges do you anticipate? How will you handle them? Your ability to remain calm during stressful times is an example of a character trait that would lend itself to the role. Your ability to listen to patients is another example. Review the job description and ask yourself, "What traits would help me to accomplish these tasks on a daily basis?"
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Question 5 of 33
What was the best thing you learned during your clinical training with patients?
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If you could spend more time studying one particular respiratory illness, what would it be?
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What do you like least about being a respiratory therapist?
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Question 8 of 33
Does providing emergency care to a patient suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock make you nervous?
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Question 9 of 33
Walk me through how you interview a patient.
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Question 10 of 33
What was the most difficult part of schooling?
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Question 11 of 33
Are you comfortable conducting a patient interview?
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Question 12 of 33
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 13 of 33
If you could not be a respiratory therapist, what career would you choose?
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Question 14 of 33
What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?
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Question 15 of 33
Can you work overtime, weekends, and holidays?
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Question 16 of 33
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 18 of 33
What motivates you to want to help people?
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Question 19 of 33
Why is measuring a patient's PH levels important?
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Question 20 of 33
What do you like most about being a respiratory therapist?
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Question 21 of 33
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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Question 22 of 33
What are you looking for in an employer?
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Question 23 of 33
How has your education prepared you for this career?
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Question 24 of 33
Are you a people person?
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Question 25 of 33
Do you work well under pressure?
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How do you make sure you are using your time effectively?
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Question 27 of 33
Have you worked with a patient with a condition that was beyond your scope of practice? How did you handle it?
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Question 28 of 33
Why did you decide to work in this field?
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Question 29 of 33
How would your former employer describe you?
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Question 30 of 33
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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How do gain the respect of your teammates when start a new job?
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Question 32 of 33
Tell me about the conditions you are most familiar with treating.
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How would you handle a situation that could cause you to miss work?
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Question 1 of 33
Tell me about your education.
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I finished my associate degree from concorde college in 2004
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Associate degree in Respiratory therapy.
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Tell me about your education.
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I have Associated in since Rt digree.
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I am a graduate of an AMA Respiratory Therapy Program at Saint Paul College. During my school year, I was given the education needed to be the best respiratory therapist. I had several clinical experiences at many different hospital which also prepare me for the position.
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I graduated with a bachelor's in respiratory therapy from the IU school medicine indianapolis.
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We first I attended southwest and got a certificates, tehn went straight to work, and decidecd to further my education and that is when I decided to do to school for respiratory.
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After May 10th I will have an associates degree.
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What do you like about being a respiratory therapist?
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I have a associate in respiratory.
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I recived my associates from San Joaquin Valley College, and want to continue my education and achieve a Bachelor in Science.
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I graduated spring of 2013 from kckcc and is in the process of attending ku.
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I graduated from San Jose state University with a degree in Health Science. I was not sold on any career paths with that so I decided to get into a career in health. I was looking into different careers then I found respiratory. I then found a school that was accredited in Carrington college California. It was a great experience that helped me to pass my board tests right after graduating.
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I am currently in the Respiratory Therapy Program, going into my second year. I have an associates degree in arts and science.
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I graduated from high school and career center that focused on allied health. I graduated with an associates in applied science in respiratory care from ferris state university in december and am currently working on my bachelors.
Question 2 of 33
Why should we hire you?
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As a new graduate you will be able to mold me into the employee you desire. I
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You should hire me because I am dependable, reliable, knowledgeable, passionate about what I do, caring, and teachable. I say teachable because I have a large learning curve and I understand that some skills are only acquired through real life experiences and cannot be taught in a classroom. I will learn something new about my job everyday.
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Because I am excited about re.
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I have a strong compassion for people and I am passionate about the field of respiratory care, I am excited for the opportunity to continue to learn every day in the hospital from every one of my patients; I feel very grateful to be able to be a part of the care team for critical patients, and I understand the relevance and magnitude of what we do and it feels great knowing that we make a difference in the world.
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You need someone who can make the transition process as easy a possible and I think I will fit in very well here. I am qualified for this position, but I know I will be a better rrt tomorrow than I am today, and even better than that 6 months from now. I understand you are investing in me, and I know if you give me the chance I promise I will prove my worth to you.
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Not only because I meet all qualifications for the job, but I am a therapist who cares about the quality of my work and my patients.
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I have spent almost my entire clinical experience with this facility. I have been trained to this hospitals exact specifications. I am new, therefore I do not have preconceived notions of how things should be. I am willing to be trained to be exactly what this facility needs as a therapist and I am always eager to learn.
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I know my resume looks like any other new grad, but what sets me apart is my dedication and care for the patients. I have a unique ability to connect with patients, make them feel comfortable and help them get better. I strive to do better within myself and do all I can to make a situation better, and if I dont know, I want to learn how. This field comes with many surprises and challenges everyday and the ability to work as a team and think together makes that much more of a progress for the patient and the company itself. I am a dedicated respiratory therapist and know I would be a great asset to the team.
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I was a full time care taker for my mother who had Alzheimer's, I know how exhausting it can be & I have patience. I am a cheerful person & will be dependable.
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I am competent, confident, dependable, honest, and I'll show up and always do my best to treat my patients to the best of my ability.
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I strongly believe that I m the right person for this position my education has taught me the nessesary skill to allow to succeed in as RT
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Flexible, hard-worker, team player, very honest.
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I am a hard worker and I am a team player. I am always looking to learn something and I learn fast.
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I would be a great assessed to the department.
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I'm devoted to providing the best patient care with knowledge, experience, compassion.
Question 3 of 33
What do you know about our healthcare facility?
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In my previous student internship, I became familiar with the ways on how to incorporate myself in a certain facility because we do rounds in different hospitals. In such ways that I adapted easily with charting, hospital structure, protocols, and policy.
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TTHS is one of the largest multi-disciplinary institution in Singapore, whose founder was Philanthropist Tan Tock Seng. State-of-the-art facilities which enables to deliver the best result and treatment for the patients, compassionate and bringing the welfare first of patients before your own.
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It is one of the leading teaching and research hospitals within Canada.
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You are the top hospital in the state, and this building was opening in 1962. You have a level 1 trauma center and level 3 NICU. You are dedicated to providing high quality customer service and pt care to your ultimate customer, but you also treat everyone as a customer, which I really like.
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I know the CEO is Kelly Adams, it has been providing care since 2006. It is a full service hospital with 25 inpatient suites. The facility has a 24 hr lab that can provide quick results. Radiology services such as MRIs, CT scans, Xrays, and mammograms. Provides cardiopulmonary tests such as PFTs, EKGs, cardiac stress tests and more. It as recently gained 2 new physicians and the Respiratory director has been known to be rural RT of the year.
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You are THE level I trauma center and burn care facility for all of NV, you have the best children's hospital in NV, education is very important here, and you have some top notch surgical services here.
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Affiliated with a few hospital which part of the Atlanticsystem, state the art equipment.
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You are a acute care hospital and code stroke certified.
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I know you are a growing facility who strives to provide excellent care through compassion, knowledge, experience, and you are a teaching hospital where all staff and patients can continue to learn and be educated.
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One of the biggest in the tri state area, flexible positions and opportunities.
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You strive to provide the best quality care and excellence to all patients.
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As the largest private hospital in the Twin Cities, Abbott Northwestern is recognized nationally and locally for its exceptional expertise and care. Each year, the hospital serves more than 200,000 patients and their families from across the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest.
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You have been around since 1930 and have a service area 16 counties wide. I like the fact that this hospital has been recognized by the AHA for your rapid service and successful outcomes to heart attack patients. I was also excited to learn that this is the only hospital in texas that is offering bronchial thermoplasty.
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Care about patients, and workers.
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I have heard a lot of good things about this facility, and I researched a little bit and found out it is one of the best hospitals with excellent patient care. And it is an honor to be able to work at a place like this.
Question 4 of 33
Tell me about a character trait that makes you a good candidate for this job?
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I have compassion for people, and I like to understand why and how, I am excited about the opportunity in this field to learn something new every day.
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I have compassion for people, strong interpersonal skills and I am excited about the field of respiratory care and the opportunity to continue to learn everyday, I understand the importance of the profession and the magnitude of what we do.
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Determined to always to my best job possible and I am very reliable.
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Integrity and inner strength.
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Punctuality and patience. Dedication to work knowledgable.
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I am extremely dependable and enjoy working with others.
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I am very dependable. You can always count on me to get the job done and effectively.
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I am self-motivated and hard working always eager to learn and I am a quick learner.
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I am very dependable and a reliable person but besides these two qualities I have been acknowledged for my flexibility.
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I have a positive attitude and am able to adapt to different situations very easily.
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My clinical skills are excellent as well as my people skills. I consider myself a good jusge of charecter and can usually make up with even the most curmudginly old guy.
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I am a sensitive caring individual.
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I feel I care for others who seek my help way.
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I am easy going and I handle stressful situations in a calm and mature manner.
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I am loyal, professional, caring, organized, and I stay calm under pressure.
Question 5 of 33
What was the best thing you learned during your clinical training with patients?
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Throughout my internship as a respiratory student I have learned many things which includes having the empathy to connect with them on what they are going through. In addition, assuring them that I am here to help them in every possible way I can.
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I learned to never stop giving the best customer service that I possibly can. Even when the patient is not in a great mood. They may not show it but you could always touch their lives by giving them that special attention.
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I loved patient contact. I have learned to be sympathetic to patients even when they are being hateful or less than nice. I have seen a lot from the clinical side and no one knows what someone has ebeen through. Take your time and do not be in a rush.
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The best thing I learned from patients is to listen to what they are telling you.
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The best thing I learned is that to properly care for people begins with listening to them and what thier story is.
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Yes I did 6 terms of clinicals; the best thing that I learned is that every patient is different and every therapist is different and you can learn something from all of them; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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Yes, I have over 1000 hours of clinical time with the program as well as the time I have spent working in the nursing home and as a care giver, I learned that every patient is different and that you can learn something from all of them and that you need to be assertive and tactful when providing care and communicating with them.
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Yes good bedside manners, clinical competancy, teamwork.
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Yes I have direct experience with pts. I have learned time management more than anything. I learned how to multi task based on my routine and toggling back and forth from ER to main floor a lot.
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Yes, always explain what it is that you are doing and how long it will take.
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Yes, every patient is different and the needs vary. There is no "one size fits all" treatment plan or action.
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I have had a large amount of experience with working with patients. The best thing I have learned is to do a thorough patient assessment.
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Yes. Life is vital so I need to give the proper medication for the patient.
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Yes in clinical rotations though school and the best thing I have learned is the ability within myself to connect with most patients and care for them at the same time.
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Yes, I like talking to the doctors about situations or what's going on with the patient that might be puzzling to me and hearing what they think is going on.
Question 6 of 33
If you could spend more time studying one particular respiratory illness, what would it be?
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I would want to study cystic fibrosis in order to find the best ways to manage the disease.
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Bronchitis b/c my daughter recently had this respiratory illness.
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COPD because most in todays population cigarette smoking is the factor that is hard to stop.
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CF. The disease process and typical age range of patients that it affects interests me.
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I would like to study ARDS. Because of its high mortality rate and oftentimes cause of death of people who have encountered lung injuries, I would like to develop or device a plan on how to prolong the life of the patient affected with ARDS and how to prevent severe complications.
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If I could spend more time studying one particular respiratory illness it would be asthma.
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I want to study more about COPD
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I would like to learn more about ARDS
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I want to focus more on lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease because my grandfather had copd and my dad long time smoker. I just want to educated myself just in case something in the future will happen. When I become educated about this illness I will focus more on other stuff and help other patients that are struggling in different issues and illnesses.
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Cystic Fibrosis. I find it interesting that it is a genetic disease and how it affects the lungs.
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Copd, the key to smoking cessation.
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Cystic Fibrosis because I had a childhood friend who had such an illness and we attended middle school together, it was heart breaking seeing him in so much distress day to day.
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It would be cystic fibrosis.
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Asthma, so much is still unknown and I would like to be part of the team that gets more answers.
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Acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Question 7 of 33
What do you like least about being a respiratory therapist?
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I like providing care to patients and helping them to become better.
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The lack of other heath care professionals and people in general to know our worth and the relevance of our job.
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I guess just the general lack of knowledge that people and other health care providers have about our practice and the relevance of what we do.
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Not being able to address every problem the patient has.
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When a pt dies. I also dislike paperwork & charting.
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That some patients cannot be saved.
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When people cough in my face.
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That sometimes we are not abke to perform our knowledge as we want. Always follow doctors orders..
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Not too many advancedment.
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I think that thing I like least about the Respiratory Therapist's role is having to extubate a patient to pallative care. Having that responsibility comes along with the job, and I am able to do it with sympathy and understanding towards the family, but I would be lying if I didn't say it was hard.
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The hours are long but worth the reward of helping patients.
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I can't think of anything.
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Seening a patient who is having a hard time breathing.
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For the moment, am not inform enough to choose but if I had to choose now, I would study more the trouble breathing of newborn because baby's illness intrigues me.
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The long shifts and sometimes without a break.
Question 8 of 33
Does providing emergency care to a patient suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock make you nervous?
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Nervous, no. I trained myself to stay calm and do whatever needs to be done for the patient.
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During emergency care I will admit that I do get nervous, but not to the point that I cannot provide quality care.
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Yes, of course, a little, it should, these are patients lives, but you stick to your ACLS training and work with your team to provide the best care to these patients as possible.
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Well of course a little but it should, these are very critical patients, but you just stick to your ACLS training and know what you know.
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No the opisite I just really want to help them.
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No. I know that the patient is counting on the team to save their lives.
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Honestly, yes the thought of this scenario makes me nervous, however, I tend to work best under pressure.
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Not quietly but those patients make me more alert to assess their conditions so that I can take quick actions.
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It did at first since I never experienced it before, but I work off of my nerves to push myself to think ahead.
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No, not at all. I've been a paramedic for 10 years. That's my job.
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I have not had a situation yet..?but having my training skills it should be a problem. I ll try to do what ever I can to help.,
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No, on the contrary it makes me feel like an important piece of a puzzle. I want to help people, and providing emergency care makes me feel determined to save a life.
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Ofcourse. Seeing any one in that kind of distress is at least a little nerve racking considering you are not just dealing with ones self but someones family member. I think the nervousness is a good motivator though. It helps you realize you are constantly dealing with life or death situations which need to be taken seriously.
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Not at all. In moments like this, all I think about is how I could help the patient.
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Yes, a little bit, because I'm still learning and haven't had much experience with emergency situations yet.
Question 9 of 33
Walk me through how you interview a patient.
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I introduce myself, explain my tx, and give it to them.
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How is your breathing?
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I will first start by introducing myself and my reason for the visit. My next series of questions will be background information. I will move on to current situations that the patient may have. Provide information about treatments and care plan.
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I'll star first by introducing myself and explain my reason to be there. Then I'll ask a serie of background questions. Now I'll ask what is the main porpose that brought here. Finally I'll explaing treatment and care plan to follow.
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Use the AIDET acronym:Acknowledge the patientIntroduce yourselfDuration length of procedure or when you'll returnExplain what your doing or what patient is going throughThank the patient for their time and offer any assistance.
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Introduce myself, ask how the patient feels and listen. Then tell him I am here to ease his breathing and address his other concerns the best I can.
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I would introduce my self and the reason for my reason for my visit and ask my questions.
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I would first review the patients chart to gain some backround knowledge, then I would introduce myself to the patient and any family members. I would check the patients ID bracelet. I would ask the patient several questions about why there are in the hospital, symptoms, length of symptoms, then take their vitals. I would ask any other nessecary questions to obtain a good assesment of the patient. Then I would say goodbye, chart my findings and communicate them with the doctor and find a treatment plan that works best.
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Introduce yourself. State patient name. Ask chief complaints. Ask symptoms open ended questions repeat evrything.
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First I introduce myself and let them know I just need to as some questions to understand their medical history.
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I first knock on the door and introduce myself. Then I check to make sure it is the right patient. Then I would go through the steps of asking if the patient has any pain or discomfort then ask if I can assess them.
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I would first introduce myself as their Respiratory Therapist, review their past medical history to make sure it is correct, if they have medication I would ask them to show me how they usually take them, and all the while I would be secretly assessing the pt (not cyanotic, not in distress, etc)
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First I see their general appearance then ask questions.
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Introduce myself, verify the patients name and date of birth, ask patients medical history, current medications, ongoing medical problems, social history, (recreational drug use, tobacco use, alcohol use), family history, work history (exposures), sleeping history (snoring, daytime sleepiness, headaches)
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Walk in, introduce myself, verify the patients name and date of birth, ask about the patients chief complaint, how long this has been occurring, ongoing medical problems, current medications, medical and surgical history, family history, social history (recreational drug use, tobacco use, alcohol use)primary doctor.
Question 10 of 33
What was the most difficult part of schooling?
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The most diffucult part of schooling is remembering everything that has been taught to you in the first quarter of school. It is the time where students are bombarded with information as well as the expectations ahead.
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I honestly did not find school too difficult. The most difficult part was probably finding the time to study. During my 2 years of school I had 2 babies. So being busy is an understatement.
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I guess the drive. I really loved going to school and learning. This was very interesting to me and I am glad this is the profession I became a part of.
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The most difficult part was being afraid to ask questions, fearing that the question was stupid, self explanatory and fearing that you will be looked at as unprepared.
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The time commitment, just being spread so thin between kids, work, homework and clinicals.
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The time commitment and juggling everything, my kids, homework, clinicals and working, it was a lot.
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Time management and math.
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Having to work a fulltime job while going to schoo.
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The most difficult part of schooling was the fear that I may not grasp some information.
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I would say honestly pharmacology.
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Lung functions and learning the partial pressures.
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Every thing was difficult and new to me but with practice and dedication everything is doable.
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Nothing I really enjoyed it.
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I didn't have a difficult time in school.
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The amount to material covered at a time. It could sometimes be very challenging to memorize so much in a short period of time.
Question 11 of 33
Are you comfortable conducting a patient interview?
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Yes I am, at first I struggled because I had never done anything like it but learned to be comfortable asking what needs to be asked.
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Yes, I am. I struggled at first because I had never done anything like that but then I became very comfortable and good at it.
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I feel comfortable conducting patient interviews. In previous job positions I have done tasks similiar to patient interviews upon their arrival to the facility. I think of patient interviews as a way for me to get to know my patient and determine the best way to provide treatment.
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Yes I like to get to know my patients.
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Yes I am. I do them on a daily basis at my PRN position as an rrt.
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Yes. I feel it is a good way to gain insight on the progression of a patient's condition.
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Yes, I ll interview the patient throutly the more information I have about the patient the better treatment I ll be able to provide him or her.
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I am very comfortable conducting a patient interview. I am a very friendly and outgoing individual, and I believe these traits really help me make my patient very comfortable as I am conducting the interview. I have a systematic and thorough approach when performing a respiratory assessment with a patient which includes direct questions involving signs and symptoms and I also believe it's important to gather a good medical history as this is what truly paints the picture of the diagnosis. I think that in terms of a respiratory assessment, the interview is the most important aspect.
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Very comfortable because I Believe that in healthcare In order to grow and promote quality the interview from a patient is first hand for quality.
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I am somewhat comfortable. I have conducted a few interviews during clinical while in school, but this is a skill that I would would to continue to practice in order to be completely comfortable with.
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Yes, I am very comfortable interviewing patients. My previous career as a teacher taught me a lot about public speaking, interacting with audience and engaging them into discussion.
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Yes I am, I would really comfortable.
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Yes I am comfortable interviewing patients so I can learn more about that person and not just the patient.
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Yes, of course. Very pertinent information is gained by interviewing the patients and learning more about the, and their home life, and medical history.
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Yes. Talking to anyone is a strong suite of mine. Patient information is vital to understand a case and how it should be handled or if there are any underlying issues. This is where mistakes can be avoided.
Question 12 of 33
What is your greatest strength?
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My greatest strength is my ability to prioritize tasks.
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Customer care and satisfactory performance of my job.
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Academically, my greatest strengths are math, science, and literature. All three subjects are passions of mine. In reality, my greatest strengths are problem solving and going with the flow.
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I have strong communication and interpersonal skills and my ability to multitask.
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My ability to relate to people.
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My experience at working and interacting with different people. I believe have excellent people skills.
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I am a great team player. I always put 100% effort into everything I do and coworkers always appreciate that. I am honest and reliable which I think makes me a valued part of a team.
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My greatest strength is I can solve almost any problem that I encounter. I believe that there is many ways to solve problems. If there is ways that I cant fix a problem I will seek help from my authorities and I will try to improve myself next time I handle another difficult situation.
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My customer service skills.
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I am an expert in broncho-pulmonary drainage, conducting breathing exercises and monitoring patient response to therapy by closely watching vital signs, arterial blood gases and monitoring blood chemistry changes.
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I pride myself on my customer service skills and abilities to work with difficult patients.
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My greatest strength is that I am always will to try and learn new things.
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Good listener and patience.
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I am a very caring and understanding person, a person that has respiratory issues is usually scared. Teaching the patient how to live a full and successful life.
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Being able to adapt to any situation in any environment.
Question 13 of 33
If you could not be a respiratory therapist, what career would you choose?
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Another passion of mine is in photography. It is a big hobby of mine, photographing my wife and children and at times friends and extended family ask to have pictures done. In the future I will be running my own business shooting weddings. So if I could not do respiratory, I would definitely make my hobby my business.
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Pulmonologist-I am intrigued by the cardio pulmonary process and would like to stay in this field in some capacity.
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At one point I wanted a desk job with something to do with business or economics but I am too active to sit down for 8 hours a day.
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If I could not be a Respiratory Therapist, I would think of venturing into Ultrasound. There's something about ultrasound that seems very interesting to me. It seems like a very different scope of medicine.
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If I could not be a RT then I would be a Physician assistant because I love helping patients get better.
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A few years ago I would have said a radiology technologist, but honestly now that I have had this experience, if I could not be a respiratory therapist, I would choose to be a critical care nurse.
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That's up in the air right now. I would probably be an insurance agent for the time being.
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Phlebotomist or a teacher.
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I don't see myself doing any other career. I love what I do and I worked hard to get to where I am right now. Being able to help pts, saving lives, make a difference to their lives. Its who I am.
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Perfusionist. I am interested in learning more about this profession. However I prefer the diversity of Respiratory therapy and the fast atmosphere.
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I would be a dentist. I could put a smile back on patients faces.
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If I could not be a RT I would choose a career working with pediactrics doing therapy with them.
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I would become an optometrist because just like breathing eyesight is so valuable.
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I wld choose radiation therapy in order to help people diagnosed with cancer.
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I think a practice nurse would be the next available option as it would provide management to long term conditions.
Question 14 of 33
What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?
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The most difficult patients I have a hard time treating are premature infants. I feel the sympathy whenever I see this infants having a hard time coping with their body as well as pain their feeling.
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Patients who are very demanding and want everything done for them, although they are non-compliant with their care plan and treatments and as a result are frequent flyers; this can be frustrating.
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Patients who are non-compliant and are not participating in their own care plan and recovery and as a result have repeated hospital stays and are very demanding to health care providers and want everything done for them; this can be frustrating and we see it a lot... But the best way is to just kill them with kindness and continue to explain treatments and care in a tactful, non-condesending way.
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Pts who refuse to comply. If a pt refuses treatment, it makes it very difficult to help them.
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Infants, I have not much experience in that area.
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It gives us an accurate indicator of the seriousness of condition and how to act upon it.
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During my clinical rotations although all were very eye opening experiences if I had to claim a difficulty I would say patients in the ER just arriving and sometimes not in the right state of mine.
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I have not come across a situation I could not handle.
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I have the most difficulty with patients who I have grown to love.
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The ones with family members who do not agree on treatment for patient and the patients who are continuously argumentative.
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The patients I would have the most difficulty treating would be the non compliant or combative patients. I am just here to give a treatment so they may be at a more comfortable state of being but it is always difficult when a patient is not working with you.
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When they refuse treatment and become threatening about it.
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I would say neonatal or paediatric patients, as i've spent the least time with this population. That is to say that if given the opportunity to practice more and interact more with this population group, I would most definitely become more confident in treating these patients.
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Difficult patients are the ones that have mental diseases because they sometimes don't understand and my feel harmed. I usually try and talk to them very calm and make sure they are aware of my every move.
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Pediatrics and neonates due to the lack of experience during my clinical rotations. However, these types of patients are something I am willing to learn and gain experience from.
Question 15 of 33
Can you work overtime, weekends, and holidays?
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Yes, I will be available to work overtime, weekends, and holidays.
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Yes of course. I always know that working in the hospital will require me to work on those schedules.
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Yes definately! I have no problem working extra shifts and holidays and weekends will be no problem for me.
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Yes I can work over time, weekends and holidays.
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Yes I will work as I am needed.
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Yes, I am flexible to work any hours.
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O course, it comes with the territory.
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With a career in health care, I understand that with that comes shift work and a variety of hours. In a profession like this I believe that you have to do whatever you need to do, and by doing so, that involves a lot of extra time. That is something we sign on for as health professionals.
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Yes, preferably with notice, but I can be flexible when needed.
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Yes that is not a problem.
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I am currently able to work on weekends as i've just recently taken up a full time position at another company.
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Absolutely. This is not an issue for me.
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Yes. As a matter of fact I prefer to work weekends, overtime and occasional holidays.
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Yes. I am available whenever needed.
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I can work overtime on the weekends and holidays because patient care is most important.
Question 16 of 33
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Growing within this organization and becoming an integral part.
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In 5 yrs I see myself working as a respiratory therapist manager in a big hospital.
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Settled down with my own house, a steady job with steady pay as a Respiratory Therapist, my children in school, and possibly returning to school to further my education.
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I would like to be working as a proficient RT in a critical care area of the hospital, I am enrolling in the health care administration bachelors program at OSU and I am interested in patient education and helping patients understand and manage their disease process so that they can live more productive and satisfying lives with less exacerbations, I want to continue to learn as much as I can in the field of respiratory care.
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Well since the future is a mystery, my goal for 5 years would be to have my studies completed and achieved a leader ship role in this organization and continue to assist others breathe better.
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I see myself with my bachelors of Respiratory Care. I hope to be able to take on more responsibility.
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A successful respiratory therapist.
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I see myself in a hospital helping people with respiratory issues, and explain to them that they can still have a normal life as long as they follow all directions and take of many issues with the patient to allow them to have a successful life.
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I see myself growing within the respiratory field, learning new information to stay updated on how to care for patients, and possibly working in NICU
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In this facility getting ready for one of my kids to graduate college.
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I definitely see myself going back to school trying to get my bachelor's degree and want to work in helicopter transport.
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I would love to be with a company that can help me improve not only as a Respiratory Therapist but as a human being as well. I will also hope to have a bachelor's degree in 5 years in Respiratory Therapy because I planned to advance my education.
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Working in TICU and adult critical care.
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I want to growth in became a supervisor or Director..
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Becoming proficiency NICU
Question 17 of 33
How do you handle stressful situations?
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I am very focused and evaluate situation step by step.
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I am usually the calm person in stressful situations but quick on my feet.
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I handle them with focus, knowledge, and not affected with pressure from stress.
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In stressful situations I take deep breaths to center myself. I keep a level head and get myself through the situation. In my downtime, outside of work, I participate in yoga classes and find it very helpful to relieve stress.
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By breathing deep, taking time to stop and think and remember my training, and by working and communicating with my care team.
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Analyst whats the priority.
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I try to control my breathing, try to understand the situation at hand and try to figure out how to be one step ahead of what needs to be done.
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Iam very focussed and evalutate the situation.
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I feel like stress is a way to stay mentally strong and motivated to try your best and achieve the goal.
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I remain calm, I breathe, and focus on the task at hand. I wait until I'm in private to unwind and vent if I need to.
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I take a deep breath, I relax in focus.. I try not to panic just focus and do what I do the best.. Help.
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Stay calm and explain the procedures.
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Be communicating with others.
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By staying focused on the actual problem and finding a way the salve or reduce the stress.
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I just tell myself it's a temporary situation and I just endure through it.
Question 18 of 33
What motivates you to want to help people?
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I am lucky to be a healthy individual and would like to use my ability to help the less fortunate overcome their illness.
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I have always wanted to help people. When I was 22, I watched my friends older brother who is a paramedic successfully resuscitate a drowning kid and from then on I wanted the ability to save a life.
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Two people in my family are both in healthcare which inspired me to begin a career with it to. Personally, I see myself helping people and making them feel better makes me happy.
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The genuine satisfaction I get from helping change peoples lives.
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I have always wanted to help people, but seeing what different disease proecesses can do to a body made me want to enter into the health profession.
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The fact that I have had good health thus far, and that many of my family members have not has made me realize how lucky I am. I want to help them to strengthen themselves, and I want to help people who have been less fortunate with their health issues.
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I am a care giver by nature, I started babysitting when I was 11, and then all through high school I worked as a feeder aide at a nursing home and then as a nanny and care giver after high school, It is just something that I have always done.
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I am a care give by nature, I started babysitting when I was 11 and then when I started high school I got a job at a nursing home as a feeder aide for patients who could not feed themselves and I did that all through high school, right after high school I worked as a nanny for 2 small children and as an in home care giver for home care and elder services, its just something that I have always done and it comes natural to me.
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I always liked to help my sister or my friends when they got hurt or werent feeling good it gave me a real sense of accomplishment.
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I have always enjoyed taking care of people even when I was little I would be the one in charge of the band aids and that sort of thing then growing up I still enjoyed that sense of fullfillment when someone felt better because of something I did.
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I had a lot of respiratory health issues growing up. Helping others makes me feel better about myself.
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I have always had a heart for people and working closely with the doctors and nurses to treat and correct some of these illnesses give me a great sense of purpose.
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My niece had an asthma attack so we took her to the ER and the RT helped her get well and I was drawn into the field first hand.
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Because I know how I want to be treated if I were in their shoes.
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It has always been a part of my life, growing up my family has always instilled in me the importance of helping people. Not just physically, but emotionally as well, Whenever something was wrong I was always taught to talk about your feelings or anything that was bothering you. In relation to the physical aspect, my parents own a personal care home, so the fact that I always seen that helping people is a positive thing for both you and the patient, I wanted to be able to do that as well. It is very rewarding.
Question 19 of 33
Why is measuring a patient's PH levels important?
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Becuase you have to.
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The ph demonstrates if the patient is alkalotic or acidic.
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It tells the overall balance of the patient's system. If it is high or low the body can not function properly and has to react in anyway to attempt normalcy. The body can not survive or will be in turmoil if it is too acidic or alkalotic.
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It will help me assess his lung function and determine if the patient needs further diagnostic testing.
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To see acid base disorder.
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It is important to monitor the patients Respiratory and Metabolic state to make sure the patient is not in distress or in need of advanced interventions.
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Tells you patients acid base balance.
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Needs to stay between 7.35 and 7.45 or else other organ systems will fail.
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To monitor the status of the body whether it me acidotic or alkalotic, it provides a base to make changes to the patients treatment.
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It can show how the patient is doing overall. If the pH is getting to acidic or metabolic you can see how you might be able to correct it.
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Gives you the balance of the patients body and helpful with diagnosing respiratory problems.
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To know the state of the patient, whether they are heading towards more agressive levels or lethargic levels.
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Because PH is an indicator of how a patient is ventilating, it tells if their body is compensating or not.
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In order to understand whether the patient is ventilating well or needs support.
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To identify where the source of the problem is - lung, heart, kidney.
Question 20 of 33
What do you like most about being a respiratory therapist?
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I like interpreting a blood gas and then making appropriate vent adjustments and then getting a point of care blood gas and seeing the improvement, and I like extubating patients, its nice to see a patients condition improve.
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I like watching a patients clinical status improve and knowing it was because of something that we did, for instance when you get a blood gas and the patient has acute ventilatory failure (acute respiratory acidosis) and you make the proper adjustments on the ventilator and the next blood gas has improved.
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Helping people feel better and better understand their situation.
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I love the satisfaction I get knowing that I am helping people get better and feel better. I also love interacting with family members as their loved ones are being cared for.
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Helping people feel better and helping them understand their illness.
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I enjoy being able to treat and comfort patients with the modalities available that best suit their disease state. It is rewarding to see them breathing easier and more comfortably.
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That I am exposed to different departments within the hospital. I makes it more fun being exposed to a little bit of everything.
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I enjoy the ability to work on different types of patients and in different settings.
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Just being able to be part of a team that bring life to patients is its own reward.
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Saving life of the patient.
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Helping the patients feel better, un Der stand how to use their equipment and they feel reassured once they leave my office.
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I like the fact of saving peoples lives, respiratory issues can cause many other issues, I like the fact of saving someones life.
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Made the difference for a a better life on another person life.
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I love the gratitude I feel after a patient sincerely thanks me for everything I have done for them. Its a great feeling inside.
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What I like the most about being a Respiratory Therapist is being part of the rapid response team and giving an airway to the people who need to breathe the most.
Question 21 of 33
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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Working as a manager of a unit, or expanding my career capabilites.
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I thrive in an environment that can give me a satisfaction to learn and grow as a professional.
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All types. I like to consider myself very adaptable. I can perform under pressure and work well when there are no time challenges.
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Working in a harmonious relationship where everybody is in good terms, everybody is ready to offer a helping hand to their colleague.
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Clean, organized, clearly defined responsibitlties, positive people working together as a team to achieve one common goal.
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I thrive in an environment that emphasizes on team work, communication and dedication to the pt.
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I thrive in a fast paced environment, where everyone works together and teach each other to do better. I thrive off of positive changes and encouragement for communication and commitment to each other and to patients.
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I like a busy, mentally stimulating work environment that keeps me on my toes.
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I love a quick paced challenging work environment where staff co exists with one another.
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An environnement where its good to work, where people help other, where it's ok to ask question and to learn even if it been 5 years that your there.I want to have a good relation with my coworker .
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I thrive in an environment where I am able to share my ideas and I feel like I am an important part of the health system. I want to work at a place where I am able to learn new things, and have more knowledge and understanding about disease processes. I want to be able to grow at my work place and have the opportunity to advance in my career.
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I'm very flexibable so any enviorment.
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I thrive in an environment where its positive and hardworking as a team.
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A happy, positive, listening to ideas, sharing knowledge.
Question 22 of 33
What are you looking for in an employer?
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I am looking for an employer who can help me grow as a professional. A company that has its integrity and vision to give excellent quality of care to patients.
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A great facility with a mission that is all about the patient. Also a facility where myself and the department could feel respected and empowered to do our job the best we can.
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An opportunity where I can use my skill and growth in my career.
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A employer who supports the decision of its employees.
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Job security, benefits, a positive, productive work enviornment, good communication with management, a clear view of what is expected of employees, adequate training.
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Someone who listens to and understand their employees, know you need a work/life balance and does what they can to ensure patient and employee safety.
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I am looking for loyalty, commitment, communication and a place where I can grow as a respiratory therapist and as a person. I want to be able to work amazing together as a team and to be treated with respect that is always wanted from anyone.
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One that treats me with respect and one that will keep any issues I may have private.
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Work together in one unit to provided excellent service.
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A place to learn and grow and potentially advance.
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A critic, a teacher, a coach.
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An employer that treats every one with respect and have equal opportunities for every one and help employees thrive and achieve their personal goals and be an integral part of the health care system they work for.
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Good communication, expectation, policies & procedues to be upheld.
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Someone who tells me things to work on and someone who will give me positive feedback when I do a good job.
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Someone who can set directions according to my ability but one that also challenges and allows me to grow. One that understands that there is a life outside of work and helping to maintain a healthy work life balance.
Question 23 of 33
How has your education prepared you for this career?
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Graduation in a presitigeous school has provided me the skills and knowledge to become an efficient respiratory therapy.
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I have over 1000 clinical hours in intermediate and critical care areas, I have experience with bronchopulmonary hygiene, aerosolized medication therapy, hyperinflation therapy, ABG sampling and analysis, NPPV, trach care, oxygen therapy, manual ventilation, HFNC, ventilator management and vent checks, I am trained in EPIC and Centricity charting systems, I have given and recieved report on patients.
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My education allowed me to finish my boards quickly and I have had clinical time in large and small facilities which allows to be versatile and sometime creative with equipment.
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Hands on clinical rotation experiences within the hospitals. The right education I received about respiratory therapy, understanding the basics of how the body works, diseases we will face to provide care, and the up most knowledge about treatments, cardio pulmonary testing, and equipment that is needed in the respiratory field.
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To be able to treats and care for the sick.
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I was given a great comprehensive education jD clinicals.
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I graduated from an accredited respiratory therapy program which was a combined program between middlesex county college and umdnj. I received my associates in science and currently I am in the process of finishing up my degree and obtaining my bachelor's, and I think this will help me enormously as far as my career is concerned and I am looking forward to it.
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It over prepared us, felt so confident when we graduated.
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My science classes have really helped increase my knowledge and prepare me for this career.
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Education is absolutely needed to do this career and we need to continue to learn and grow.
Question 24 of 33
Are you a people person?
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Yes, I like talking to people especially if I know I can help them.
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I love being around people. I enjoy interacting, listening, consoling and just being able to be there for people.
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Yes, I love interacting with people of all ages. I consider myself to be personable and easy to get along with. I enjoy engaging in conversation and communicating with people through a process.
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I really enjoy talking to other people, and love interaction with my patients.
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I like being around people who also like being around people.
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Yes, very much. I would not like working in a cubicle by myself every day.
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Respectful, honest and positive.
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Yes, I guess I dont have to but it certain that some day a rather be alone.
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I love being around people. I have great communication skills and I am a good listener.
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I like being around people. I am trying to work on being more engaged with people.
Question 25 of 33
Do you work well under pressure?
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Yes, I think my previous work in the ED shows that I work well under pressure. I think I actually do some of my best work in a high intensity environment.
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Yes, as a matter of fact I ave worked in big hospitals such as trauma, cancer, and severly ill patients.
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Most of the time, yes I do, however no one is perfect and there are times where I dont know how to fix a situation and get a little stressed.
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Yes as a matter of fact I think I work better under pressure than normal situations.
Question 26 of 33
How do you make sure you are using your time effectively?
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In most situations I feel like I use my time efficiently. At work, in my downtime I am socializing, studying, or relaxing. I feel like these activities are effective uses of my time because I am not constantly stressing over work. Outside of work I use my downtime to go to the gym, study, socialize, relax.
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I am, I understand you have to multi-task to get stuff done. I have to do that a lot at my current job.
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I am very efficient with time and how to prioritize in this field.
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Yes I work well with maltitasking.
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Yes I am very efficient with my time. I was always able to finish my assignment on time.
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As efficient as I can be.
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Yes you must beef fiend with time, or else patients will not receive care Ina timely and apprioate fashion.
Question 27 of 33
Have you worked with a patient with a condition that was beyond your scope of practice? How did you handle it?
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I had a patient who had a build up of secretions, and I had to suction. Due to the build up of secretions I had to get assistants from clinical instructor.
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Well, we had a patient come into the ED needing immediate CPR. During the CPR it was found that the patient was a DNR, the family did not want us to stop but we had to. The patients physical body needed CPR but we needed to respect his wishes and let him pass on.
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Elderly man who sounded like he was full of secretions and really needed to be suctioned. I started to suction and the patient was shaking his head and the family intervened and made us stop trying to do this.
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ALS patient that I did her vent check and she did not want suction. Helped the nurse to move her and then she indicated discomfort. Nurse and I tried to figure it out and finally left the room. I came back with new HME and realised she wanted suction. So all that time she was asking for suction.
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I had pt xyz, who refused their breathing tx - even though I insisted. About 15 minutes later the nurse called me into the room and the pt was in respiratory distress and I then administered the tx. IF only they would have let me give them a tx, I could have been able to treat them as well as they needed to be.
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The patient had a chronic disease, was on a ventilator and his pressures were not good. We tested his ABG over and over throughout the day and could not change any settings to help with his pressures due to it not being a ventilation problem. He ended up coding and the physician and the team could not revive him. He ended up passing after 30 minutes of trying to save his life.
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I always treat all patients as I would want to be treated.
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If the patient was combative or noncompliant.
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A patient who felt they weren't sick or needed treatment.
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I once had a patient on a bipap, and she ended up on a ventilator, and she wanted to come off of it and unfortunately I was not able to wean her off as her condition worsened.
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A patient who was becoming hypoxic and dying. Medical team all throughout the day didnt talk to the family about ceiling of care. Whilst trying to care for patients around him, trying to nurse him who was acutely confused, at risks of falls and respiratory arrest and keeping calm with the family who were stressed.
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A patient we recently had was on full, sport 100-% fio2 nitric oxide,, may need Echo and went downtown.
Question 28 of 33
Why did you decide to work in this field?
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I love to help people, and I have always wanted a job in healthcare. I like face paced environments and doing multiple tasks at once.
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I would love to work in this field becase I love people and serving, being able to treat people with respect and help them overcome their health problem.
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As I mentioned before, my long-term career goal consists of becoming an immunologist. I feel like this position is a large step that will get me closer to that career goal. I have a passion for the study asthma and allergies and I would love to be apart of comforting patients suffering from these diseases and working towards finding a permanent cure.
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I want to help others who cannot help themselves. I have been told throughout my life that I am a healer and care for people whether they are family, friends or complete strangers. I finally found something in my life that I am great at and that is to heal people in need.
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I feel I can make a difference in someone's life who has a chronic respiratory syndrome. I'm a good teacher.
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I've worked in this field for years.
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To be a part of a growing industry.
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Like I said before, this field gives me great job satisfaction knowing that I am able to save lives every day, and most people can't say that so I consider it a great privilege.
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I found it interesting and varied. Even though its copd- people have different varations to it.
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It's interesting, ever changing, maneuver remaining static.
Question 29 of 33
How would your former employer describe you?
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My former preceptors will describe me as driven and fast learner.
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I am hard-working, oriented, ready to offer a helping hand, indefatigable, fast-learner and can communicate effectively.
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Optimistic, Excellent bedside/customer service, Team player.
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Dedicated, passionate, and a hard worker who finishes everything I start. I work through challenges that come about and prioritize my tasks at hand or that come up in a timely manner. I learn quick and get things done on the deadlines.
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Hard working, fast learner, team player.
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Dedicated, dependable, hard working, caring,
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My former employee would describe me as, kind, caring, independent, dependable, and hard working.
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They would stay I am a good worker, they truest end me put me in charge a lot, donee dangle, metal player.
Question 30 of 33
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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I have the tendency to double check or even triple check tasks I am doing to make sure everything is ok. To improve I assure myself that I have the knowledge in what I am dong.
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My greatest weakness will be the lack of experience in the field. I am determined and open to learn more about this field and be prepared to tackle any challenges ahead.
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Feeling panicKY if directions arenot clear, I need to ask more questions. I have definitely improved on this.
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My lack of experience. I am currently prn and attempting to gain full time employment to remedy this.
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Public speaking the more I do the more comfortable I get.
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My greatest weakness is being my own worst critic and being too hard on myself when I dont know the answer or what to do the 1st time. I am working on how to be patient with myself and understand that no one is perfect and everyone learns something new everyday.
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I can't thing of anything, but as soon as I am presented with something new or I need to improve in I work hard at it. It becomes my new goal.
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Working in all the different aspects of my career, I'm trying to work in many different areas.
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Modesty, by taking charge.
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I am not sure if it is a weakness but sometimes I get too attached to my patients and It bothers me when they don't make it. I am learning that it is important not to get involved too much with patients personally that I feel sad when things don't work out, so I do my job with the best of my abilities and not get my emotions come in the middle of it.
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I think my greatest weakness before startingb school would be being whitest butnobviosuly eith this field I have given out of my shell talking to nursing doctors all in response tonterstingbthebpstimet.
Question 31 of 33
How do gain the respect of your teammates when start a new job?
User-Submitted Answers
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By working hard and showing them that I am a good respiratory therapist.
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I am very easy to work with and and kind and respectful to people who may not know me, by working my hardest with the job title I am assigned to I should have no problem getting my teammates respect.
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I would gain my teammates respect by being prepared all the time which means that I have the knowledge to face any challenges in work that I may encounter. In addition, I would be professional in every interaction I make with them, even if it is good or bad.
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By showing how hard I work.
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To be myself, honest and return the respect that I expect in return. I have always had the ability to get along with all kinds of people.
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Hard work, willing to pick up shift, on holidays weekends, showing them I'm willing to learn and I'm a fast learner, and showing them I'm a competent rt.
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By listening, being willing to learn, asking questions, taking constructive criticism, being willing to help others.
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I am a team player naturally, so by being that extra hand I would gain that respect.
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By treating every one with respect and fulfilling my duties faithfully and being dependable and helping my co-workers when they need help and working well with every one.
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I would be honest, patient with learning, ask questions. Without being arrogant try to explain why I would be capable/good at a task. I would be friendly but proffesionaly.
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I think the best thing to gain trust is help them out when they need it, call the, to see if there is anything you can do. Arrive at code blues Rapids and do anything you can do to help out.
Question 32 of 33
Tell me about the conditions you are most familiar with treating.
User-Submitted Answers
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I take care of patients from newborn to elderly. I am certified in NRP,PALS, and ACLS.
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Adults and neonatals.
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I have worked with patients in range from neonatal to adults. I spend most of my clinical rotations with adults patients in the intensive care unit.
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I spend my time with critical care patients in icu.
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COPD, pulmonary fibrosis.
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I have the most experience in the Intensive Care Unit, so a variety of patients from ARDS to Drug Overdoses.
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I have the most experience with adults. They are people that I have had the most interaction with.
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I have worked with all types of patients thanks to my previous job as a CNA. I was place in both short and long term care.
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I have the most experience with adult and older adult patients.
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I work with both the critically ill -- patients in the ICU, and those in the ward. Patients who are hooked to mechanical ventilators, non-invasive ventilators, patients who are not hooked to both but are critically ill.
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I have the most experience with patients who suffer from emphysema, asthma, COPD, paralization ranging from one limb to whole body. This list goes on. I worked in a facility that had a variety of patients whom required around the clock care.
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I have a lot of experience with COPD, critical care/vent & drug overdose patients. I Would like to change this though, and broaden my experience.
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Right now, I have had experience in Adults, Premes, and children through clinical rotations. Its equal.
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Adults as far as respiratory, but I work with all children at choc.
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Asthmatics and copd patients.
Question 33 of 33
How would you handle a situation that could cause you to miss work?
User-Submitted Answers
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The amount of days the facility that I work at allow.
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I believe that as long as you are available when needed and making sure you do well in your job your entitled to have a vacation and an agreement with the department.
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I feel it is never acceptable to be absent. But I know there are some instances that are unavoidable and so with proper reason and verification those are acceptable.
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I feel like the acceptable amounts of absences should depend on the situation that is causing the absences.
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Hopefully none, but life happens and I have children and they get sick from time to time, and as long as nothing tragic happens, I guess 8-10
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As many days as you request off or have off. Set aside appropriate sick days as well.
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I'm not sure I always strive for perfect attendance, I had perfect attendance in school.
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Only If you are sick or your child is sick.
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If it is up to me, I say it is better not to miss any days at all but life is unpredicatable so sometimes things happen, so I think maybe a couple of times and not more.
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14 days just in case you get sick or incase of other family matters.

About Respiratory Therapists

September 21st, 2017

Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians.

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