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.

From ADVANCE-- Despite the slowing economy, RTs enjoy strong job prospects in the future.

"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."--Voltaire

A recent post that I made really got me wondering about the job outlook for RTs. Most will argue that RTs will have a difficult time finding jobs as not as many RTs are needed in comparison to RNs, CNAs, doctors, etc. While this may be true, I found an article that sparked my interest.

"Ask almost any economist and they'll tell you, by all accounts, the U.S. is in a recession. While that may be true for most industries experiencing a downturn these days, the health care profession has not seen the same job cuts and cutbacks as other industries.

There used to be a time when a new respiratory care graduate was almost always had to work per diem at a hospital for several months to a year before they were able to land a full-time position. But if you were one of the fortunate few who did secure full-time employment immediately after passing the board exam you most likely were doomed to the dreaded overnight shift. Boy times sure have changed especially for new graduates who are among the brightest in the bunch..."

Read the full article here...

If you don't have a subscription to ADVANCE for Respiratory Care Practitioners, I'd highly recommend that you subscribe. I started receiving ADVANCE back in July, and it is an excellent little magazine. It is published bi-monthly and it has a lot of great information for practicing RT's and student respiratory therapists as well. There are tons of job postings all over the U.S. in every magazine, and articles about important contemporary issues in respiratory care. There are regular columns about the legal aspect of respiratory therapy, respiratory therapy books for patients and RTs, information on different specialties and much more. Best of all, I know for a fact that it is FREE for students, and I believe it to be free for all RTs, though I'm not totally positive.

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