How about if we define these terms before we go on:
Ancillary staff: These are workers who are told what to do, and do them as instructed without asking questions.
Professional staff: These are professionals who are involved in the care of the patient and are a part of the team that "thinks" of solutions to acute and/or chronic problems the patient is confronted with.
By these definitions, the following are ancillary services:
- doing abgs
- doing breathing treatments
- being a treatment jockey
- performing ekgs
- doing cpt
- assisting with a boost
By these definitions, the following are professional services:
- interpreting abgs
- understanding what decisions to make based on your interpretation of it
- educating a patient
- questioning a physician order
- knowing what to do as a patient is failing
- delving into the patient's history to solve an acute problem
- recommending new therapies to the attending physician
- researching and coming up with new ideas to help the patient
- researching and coming up with new ideas to help the RT department or hospital
So, I think the RTs of old may have been ancillary, and I can think of a few who exists in the RT Cave today who would qualify as ancillary RTs. Yet I am convinced most of us work alongside the patient with RNs and doctors for the benefit of the patient, and are thus professionals.
What do you think?