Oxygen is essential to human life. Without the ability to breath, a human being cannot live. R.T. work with patients who have difficulties breathing or other cardio-pulmonary disorders. They evaluate, treat and care for these patients in a number of different settings. They save lives by helping clear patients’ airways during emergency procedures, and they make living and breathing easier for patients with chronic asthma, diseased lungs, or other conditions that make breathing a challenge.
Skilled Professionals must complete a university degree program and then become certified by passing an examination and meeting with rigorous standards. But there is more than education to being a R.T. Skilled professionals must also possess many important personal characteristics, including humility.
Humility is an important characteristic for all health care providers. Being arrogant, over confident, contemptuous or rude is a huge barrier to effective patient care. A respiratory therapist must practice humility when dealing with the patient and when interacting with other members of the health care team.
A patient who cannot breath or has difficulty breathing is one who may feel dangerously close to dying. The struggle to fight for breath can be emotionally and physically exhausting. An effective respiratory therapist doesn’t just ease the patient’s breathing; they also show humility by treating the patient with dignity and respect. The patient should feel comfortable and at ease with their therapist. An arrogant or rude therapist will not accomplish this goal.
A successful respiratory therapist also acts with humility when interacting with the rest of the heath care team. A therapist may be working with a doctor, nurses, or other health care practitioners to help the patient recover. It is vitally important that all members of the team be treated with respect. Although each person may be providing a different level of care, there is no job that is more important than the others. Being humble when working in a team is an important characteristic for a respiratory therapist.
Respiratory therapists help patients breathe better, and, in doing so, help them live better. Humility can help ensure the success of their efforts.