Trau·ma  Junk· ie  ( 'trau-m&  'j&[ng]-kE) n. Slang
  1. One who has an insatiable interest, devotion or addiction to responding and assisting people with serious injury or shock to the body, as from violence or an accident.

An Interesting Article I Found. RT's, does this describe the job well?

I found this article online. Concerning the nature of the job and physical and mental qualities an RT should possess, is it pretty accurate? (Btw, sorry to those of you who tried to read this post the past two days; I made some errors in my HTML and Javascripting.)

If you click the read more link, I noticed there is a second page to the article.

Proctor, Shawn. "Fit to Be a Therapist: Preparing Yourself for Healthcare's Physical and Mental Demands." ADVANCE for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 16 July 2008 .

Fit to Be a Therapist: Preparing Yourself for Healthcare's Physical and Mental Demands

Anyone who has ever watched Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell compete knows mixed martial arts is a high-tempo, aggressive sport.

An Ultimate Fighting Championship former light heavyweight titleholder, he needs sharp physical and mental skills to endure full-contact competition. He must outgrapple, outstrike and outthink his challenger.

Respiratory care doesn't call for that same level of fitness-after all, RTs don't fight in "the Octagon"-but their jobs can be just as demanding.

Therapists work 12-hour shifts, often sprinting around the hospital. They may need to perform CPR for hours. They're tasked with moving obese patients. It's easy to see why RTs don't always hit the gym after work.

"At the end of the day, sometimes all you want to do is go to bed," said Sarah Mays, RRT-NPS, a therapist at Retreat Hospital in Richmond, Va. "If it's really busy, dinner is not even an option."

When Mays entered the profession 10 years ago, she had an active lifestyle, devoting time to running, aerobics and friends. Then, like many health care professionals, she found herself time-challenged as she developed her career. She noticed that social gatherings with her fellow staff members all but vanished as did the physical workouts.

"It seems like people now are so busy," Mays said.

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