The following is a letter to the editor of the RT Cave:
"I would like to do go to work, do my job the way I want to do it, go home, collect my check, and live happily ever after. I don't want to deal with arrogant condescending doctors anymore. I don't want to attend department meetings. I don't want to tell my boss things that are lies just so I can keep the peace. I'm tired of doing those stupid annual mandatory inservice that force us to read stuff we otherwise could care less about. I'm tired of taking BLS classes every other year (what I like to call B.S.). I don't want to have to continue to do breathing treatments that are a waste of time. I don't want to be forced (anymore) to do CPR on someone who is dead, so they can get a heart beat and sit in a coma for another two weeks. I want common sense, is what I want. I think that's what we all want. Truthfully, I love this profesison in theory, but I'm tired of the Bullcrap in medicine."
Thanks for hearing me. Tom, RRT.
"I would like to start with where you ended, that this is a great profession, however, it does have some flaws. However, in my opinion, the problems we see as respiratory therpists are simply reverberations of the flaws of the medical profession, which is simply reverberations of the flaws of men. Consider this: During the course of 99.9% of our history, medicine was entirely based on theory; there was no science in it. Science, therefore, only started to enter the medical profession sometime around the mid 19th century. Since then, more science has been added to the profession, yet medicine is the slowest profession that should be based 100% on science to adapt new ideas. It is for this reason that much of medicine is still based on fiction as compared to fact. Yes, I see you that it can be very frustrating. Now, as far as attending department meetings, BLS, and mandatory inservices, those are the result of money happy lawyers. The only way to get rid of this junk would be for Congress to pass a law limiting the power of lawyers on the medical profession. Considering lawyers are the ones most likely to run the country, I highly doubt this will happen any time soon. I think the best we can do is continue to do the best we can using the best common sense judgement we can, while continuing to educate in the best way we can without offending the poeple responsible for us getting our paychecks."
Thanks, Rick Frea, RRT
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