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.

I Made the List of Top RT Blogs

Freadom over at the Respiratory Therapy Cave has done a great job compiling a list of the Top Respiratory Therapy Blogs of 2008. I definitely recommend this list to anyone who is currently an RT, RT student, or even considering the respiratory therapy profession.

Here's what he has to say about my blog:

4. Surviving RT School: This is the daily perspective of an RT in training. He's the Trauma Junkie because he enjoys the rush that is often a part of the job, particularly in larger trauma centers. He is a must read for any student looking to get a feel for what lies ahead in RT School. He's also gone out of his way to interview RTs -- including me -- so he and his readers can get an idea of what long timer RTs think of the profession.

Supposedly the list is in no particular order, but I like the fact that my blog was listed as the number 4. Actually, I didn't even think I would have been included in the list, so I happy to be on there at all. Aside from what Freadom listed, there are a few other RT blogs that I'd like to share with everyone:

  • The Motivated Therapist: The title is pretty much self-explanatory. The author is a Florida respiratory care practitioner and freelance writer who offers a rather optimistic and sometimes humorous outlook on struggles such as staffing issues, how to properly resign from your job (or the entire field), and low wages for therapists. She gives great advice about how to better your chances of getting a raise, how to properly ask a co-worker to cover your shift, and how to fix a sinking RT department.
  • In My Opinion: Freadom mentioned that I enjoy knowing what long-time therapists think about the profession, and he really hit the nail on the head. That's what makes this blog so wonderful. The author has been a respiratory therapist since age 17, which I'm assuming is when you could receive on-the-job training as a respiratory therapist during high school, prior to formal RT education, certification, and registry exams. He offers a very good perspective about life as an RT and some of the struggles he has faced in a growing profession that is slowly placing much more responsibility on the therapist than he had to face at age 17.
There are more respiratory therapy blogs that I used to enjoy reading but there haven't been new posts in months-- The Respiratory Terrorist, Rhonchi, Pulmonary Roundtable, Five of PEEP, Respiratory Therapy Driven, and the Respiratory Therapy Blog.

Anyways, be sure to check out the list of the Top Respiratory Therapy Blogs of 2008.

And remember--
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Seriously though, be careful tonight.

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