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Career Profile: Respiratory Therapist - Dennis Brown

Career Profile: Respiratory Therapist - Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown, A.S., Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Critical Care Medicine Department, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education

• Perform inventory of supplies to ensure adequate stock

• Check equipment to ensure full functionality

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Salary: $35,200 - $64,190
Min. Education: Associate's
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• Ensure that all special patient care needs have been met

• Ensure proper staffing in all areas of the hospital service units including - the Medical Intensive Care unit, the Surgical Intensive Care unit, the Heart Station,
- the Pentamidine Clinic, the Stat Laboratory, and all inpatient and outpatient nursing units.

What I like best/least about my work…

What I like best about my job is the diversity of responsibilities and work that is performed. At the Clinical Center we perform lots of diagnostic tests like blood gas analysis, EKG’s, assistance with bronchoscopies and intensive physiological monitoring. We also provide life saving therapies like nebulizer treatments for the management of asthma and pulmonary compromised patients. We support lots of protocols that require our expertise as well. Many people take breathing very much for granted. The patients here are very special.

What I like least about my job is the amount of required daily paperwork. (Hopefully this will be resolved with the new computerized patient data system we anticipate implementing soon.) Healthcare providers that are not willing to go above and beyond the call of duty also frustrates me. The NIH Clinical Center is a special place, with special patients waiting to receive a miracle and be cured of their disease.

My career goals are…

My career goal is to obtain a masters degree in healthcare management, as my administrative responsibilities have increased.

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