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New Things in 2009..."A Source of Inspiration"

I've found that one of the best ways to the ring in the New Year is with change. If you've noticed my lack of posts lately, it's because I'm planning something different for Surviving RT School this year.

And you know what they say about Texans; When we do it, we like to do it big. So, here it is:

I'm planning a blog carnival for Respiratory Bloggers: therapists, students, patients, and anyone who has anything pertaining to respiratory care, lung disease, breaking news for respiratory therapists and modern advances in equipment. Basically, anything that has do with respiratory therapy will be included in the carnival, regardless of who submits it.

Maybe I'm crazy. But stick with me here.

This could actually work. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the idea of a blog carnival, check out the most recent issues of two popular blog carnivals that I frequently read: Change of Shift and Grand Rounds.

Now that you have the general idea, let's talk about the name of our blog carnival (and yes, I call it ours, because it would be nothing without posts from all of you great bloggers out there). After some thought, I can't seem to think of a better name than:

Image credit: Thanks to Robin of Survive the Journey,also known as @staticnrg on Twitter for helping me create the logo.

Clever, no?

For those of you who aren't familiar with medical terminology commonly used by respiratory therapists, inspiration is, quite simply, the inhalation of air into the lungs. I chose this name because respiratory therapists are most often involved in the acute or critical care of patients with restrictive or obstructive airway disease, and most of what we do involves administering medications or performing procedures to aid in improving ventilation.

Of course, it's also has a double meaning, as inspiration is also, well, a sort of special influence on someone. With more and more people each year going to school to be respiratory therapists, I would like to think of us students and RCPs as sources of inspiration for potential students and even other RTs who would like to improve their standard of care.

I know, through my own person research before deciding to attend school for Respiratory Care Technology, that a lot of respiratory care practitioner's feel that they don't get the recognition they deserve as a crucial part of the patient's team of allied health professionals. I realize it's always been a struggle for respiratory therapists, because members of the general public often have no idea that respiratory therapy even exists as a profession, much less what we do and how we contribute to the health care model. Maybe you're even overworked and under appreciated (like all health professions)?

So, what better way to somewhat advance the profession, and network with other bloggers facing similar problems, than a blog carnival for all things respiratory? Think about it...

If A Source of Inspiration is a big hit like I'm most confident it will be, it will be read by doctors, nurses, other health professionals, students, people with lung disease, and the general public. With the influx of people using feed readers to keep up with recent posts, I doubt a single issue would go unread. If you are a respiratory therapist, RT student, or you blog about respiratory-related topics, this is your way to increase traffic to your blog and reach a wider audience.

All this sounds great, but you may be wondering what I get out of this and why I'm even willing to take such a leap. Well...

1. I'm totally, 100% addicted to blogging.

2. Even though I'm only a student, I'm absolutely 100% addicted to encouraging respiratory therapist bloggers, and bloggers who write about respiratory therapy.

3. I just really want to do this.

Have you made it this far? Good. You must be interested.

Here are the basic guidelines:

  • A Source of Inspiration does not intend to compete with Grand Rounds or Change of Shift, thus:
  • If you submit a post to an upcoming issue of Grand Rounds or Change of Shift, please submit a different post to A Source of Inspiration. If you really want your post included in A Source of Inspiration but have already sent it to Grand Rounds or Change of Shift for inclusion, I can include it in A Source of Inspiration, but only after that issue of CoS or Grand Rounds has been posted.
  • Anyone is free to contribute to A Source of Inspiration:
  • --Respiratory Therapists: You're out there in the blogosphere already. Send your latest post.
  • --Doctors: What are your experiences with respiratory therapists at work? What are your experiences taking care of patients with asthma, COPD, bronchitis, pneumonia, CHF, etc.? Also, feel free to share your latest news and research related to respiratory diseases or DME (durable medical equipment) for respiratory home care patients. Medicare/Medicaid, whatever. As long as it is related to respiratory care.
  • --Nurses: You see all kinds of patients, and COPD is the fourth leading killer of people in the United States. Share your experience with taking care of these patients. Maybe one has touched your heart or left behind a memory that is hard to shake. Talk about working with RTs, what they're like, etc.
  • --Patients/General public: Perhaps you have spent your whole life living with a chronic lung disease or you have just been diagnosed with asthma or chronic bronchitis or... the list is endless. You've probably been in and out of hospitals your entire life, or maybe you recently had your first hospital stay for your illness. Reach out to other patients with similar problems. Or, if you're a member of the general public, and you find the respiratory system or healthcare blogs or new articles interesting, write up a post for submission. As long as it is related to respiratory care, I'll include it.
  • Anyone is free to host A Source of Inspiration, and is definitely welcome to. Just email me at js0095001 [at] gmail [dot] com.
Whew! That's enough for now. If you have any questions or comments, just use the comment form below this post. All comments are welcome and definitely encouraged. A lot of factors at once are going to help this work, but your input tops the list. More to follow regarding where to send submissions, carnival post dates-- that is, if you guys are interested, and topics for future issues (the first few issues will be sort-of "Anything goes").

Last but not least, here is the call for submissions:
All submissions should be sent to js0095001 {at} gmail {dot} com no later than Thursday, February 12, 2009 at midnight CST. The first issue will be published on Surviving RT School Friday, February 13th, 2009 (cause I'm risky like that...lol). Future issues will be hosted on other blogs and I will create a page in my header with more information on upcoming editions.

In the email, include the following to be added to A Source of Inspiration:
  1. The e-mail subject of, "A Source of Inspiration"
  2. The title of your post
  3. A direct link to the post (e.g., http://my-rt-life.blogspot.com/2008/12/posttitle.html, instead of http://my-rt-life.blogspot.com)
  4. A short description of your post
  5. How you wish to be listed on the issue (e.g., Jill, Anonymous Blogger, ER Nursey, etc.)
(Special thanks to Kim at Emergiblog for all her support and advice, Emily, of crzegrl, flight nurse, for proofing this post, and to Robin at Survive the Journey for help with the logo.)

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