So I wrote earlier about Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues to his success, and how he believed anyone who followed these virtues would be bound to successful lives. That in mind, I've created a list of 21 virtues to becoming a respiratory therapist.
The following virtues, or personality traits, are required of all respiratory therapists.:
- empathy: You have to show some sort of understanding of what the pt is going through
- priority: You have to be good at arranging tasks by priority
- acceptance: you have to be able to accept that of which you have no control over
- punctual: You have to pay strict attention to time, and never be late without good reason (yet you must never make excuses).
- honesty: You have to prove to others that you can be trusted
- transcendence : Going above and beyond the call of duty. Exceeding expectations
- political: Know when to speak and when to keep quiet and bite your tongue
- candid: You have to be open honest and straightforward with patients, doctors and nurses. This has to be balanced with political.
- cooperation: You have to be able to work with a team to attain a greater purpose
- perseverance: Regardless of setbacks you trudge forward, even if your boss or a doctor scolds you, you don't let that set you back
- decisive: Coming to a quick resolution, answer or solution
- Friendly: Get along well with people
- Reliable: You are dependable to get your stuff done.
- Confident: Knowing what you know and not hesitating to do it or say it
- Competent: Being efficient at the few tasks you're expected to perform
- Creative: Ability to fix equipment problems in unique ways
- Insightful: Ability to see the unseen
- Proactive: Ability to use unsightliness to solve a problem before it occurs
- Observant: Ability to see what is obvious.
- Communicator: Ability to share what you know, learn and think.
- Listener: Ability to comprehend what other speak
- Equanimity: You must be the calmest one in the room
Word of the day: Pertinacious: Persistent, tenacious, unflagging and assiduous commitment; holding tenaciously to a purpose, course of action, or opinion
A pertinacious respiratory therapist is the one who gains the most respect.