I can understand this to a certain degree, considering they went to school for many years, studying their butts off to earn their degrees, only to see some of their power given to PAs and NPs. And to make matters worse, to give up power to RTs would be to give up power to people who only have associate's degrees, or two years of college.
Yet what these physicians don't consider is that we as medical care givers ought to do what's best for the patient, not what's best for them. What they fail to realize is that education does not determine intelligence. What they fail to realize is how thorough the RT educational programs are, and how much RTs learn by empirical means on the job.
This may be worded best by historian J.M. Roberts:
Everyone can recognize an educated man when they see him, but not all educated men are recognized as such by all observers, nor is a formal qualification (a university degree, for example) either a necessary or infallible indicator.A person doesn't need eight years of education to know who needs a breathing treatment. A person doesn't need eight years of education to manage a ventilator. To the contrary, a person who spends ten minutes a day visiting with a patient, and the rest of his time in his office or at home, should not be making these decisions: the person at the bedside should.
In other words, the past eight years while the physician was in med school, the respiratory therapist and nurse were already on the job taking care of patients. In this case, is the knowledge of a physician greater than the knowledge of a well educated and experienced respiratory therapist? I don't think so.
I've always been a proponent that the best approach to taking care of a patient is the team approach. This would involve doctors doing what they do best, nurses doing what they do best, and respiratory therapists doing what they do best. The wisest of wise doctors are the ones who realize this.
I understand the pride involved in being a physician, and I surely would be proud if I were one. Yet the focus should be on what is best for the patient, not pride of the physician.