What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Columbus:
Pace yourself. Burnout is common in our field. Always remember why you chose this field.
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Norfolk:
"Find an experienced mentor."
Find yourself a great mentor, or preceptor. Learn everything you can from that person. School didn't teach me anything about really practicing respiratory out in the real world. AT ALL. It seemed like school handed me a huge stack of puzzle pieces, fared me well, wished me some luck and bounced me out the door. Many people are able to take those pieces and put that puzzle together pretty darn fast. It took me awhile... I'm not too good with puzzles!
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Reno:
Very good walking shoes with arch support. We travel long distances in hospitals are concrete floors.
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Cincinnati:
"I wish I had know how stressful my job would be."
Ask for a job shadowing before you accept the position. Look at the patient population. Take in the family dynamic.