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May 2020
Sarah Foster, BSRT, RRT-ACCS, RCP.  NCSRC Interview


August 1, 2019

Patient Safety Leadership Course

When: September 16-18, 2019

Where: University Club (University Tower, 17th Floor) 3100 Tower Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Description: This course is where safety, science, and psychology meet in a comfortable common ground. We cover data, structures, tools, and frameworks for patient safety, quality improvement, evidence based executive rounding, safety culture, and more. The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality has provided this course both in the US and internationally since 2009. This course is applicable to anyone who works in a healthcare setting (clinical or non-clinical).

Link to info and registration: https://www.hsq.dukehealth.org/safety-leadership-courses/


TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer Course
When: September 26-27, 2019

Where: University Club (University Tower, 17th Floor) 3100 Tower Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Description: Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. The Master Training Course is a 2-day in person course with a train-the-trainer approach. This approach educates participants on the TeamSTEPPS Fundamentals content, provides them with resources for training others, and ensures that they gain the knowledge and training required to implement and coach the behaviors needed to achieve positive results. This course is taught by—and produces—Master Trainers.

Link to info and registration: https://www.hsq.dukehealth.org/teamwork-courses/

June 27, 2019

Students – Welcome to Respiratory Care!

            This month starts the beginning of a strong career choice. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth is projected to be 23 percent from now through to 2026, much faster than the average for other occupations. That is a great outlook for employment but it is quite far from being the only benefit. Since its’ infancy in 1943, Respiratory Care has evolved and bears little resemblance to its’ origins known as Inhalation Technicians. Your newfound profession has kept pace with the growth and expansion of healthcare to meet the needs of patients, the health system, and each other.

            Over the next two years, you will learn many things aimed at getting you set for entry into the field. You will study and learn from great people that are committed to helping you obtain your credentials and make you feel prepared for the future. Most of what you will learn for your credentials involve bedside care, diagnostics, pathology and therapeutics. Take some time as you progress through your program and learn who and what Respiratory Care is.

            Respiratory Care is a nationally recognized profession whose practitioners are found in a vast number of roles. Look at yourselves and your classmates. You will fill these roles someday and you will make us better. 

  • Polysomnographers
  • Pulmonary Function Laboratory
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Navigator/Educator Specialists
  • Home Care
  • Transport
  • Hospital Practitioners, Specialty credentials in Critical Care and Education
  • Long Term Acute Care
  • Research as Coordinators and Managers
  • Leadership as Supervisors, Managers, Directors, Chief Operating Officers
  • Educators for Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees

Today you open a new page in your lives and have a very exciting future. Far different from the one I entered in 1980. Learn, ask, and be inquisitive. This is your profession and the reward you receive from it depends on you. Use your resources; join the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Frequent its’ website and become familiar with the North Carolina Society for Respiratory Care (NCSRC). The support we as a profession provide each other is outstanding and we hope to help you as you enter a most rewarding profession.

Jhaymie Cappiello MS RRT-ACCS RCP

December 13, 2013
  1. Adult
    1. Recommended reading from Respiratory Care
      1. 45th Donald F Egan Scientific Memorial Lecture

The ABCDEF Bundle for the Respiratory Therapist

Mart, Brummel and Ely

Respiratory Care December 2019, 64 (12) 1561-1573; https://doi.org/10.4187/respcare.07235

Are you interested in being a speaker at the 2020 NCSRC Symposium or perhaps being considered to speak at one of the NCSRC Quarterly Education/Business meetings? If so, follow this link and submit your proposal. We would love to hear from you.


  1. NCSRC Times is looking for your stories on:
    1. Celebrating professional and departmental accomplishments
    2. Original Articles on Respiratory Care
  • Article Reviews
  1. CE opportunities offered

Send yours to Carl Cagle  ccagle7@uncc.edu



The UNC Charlotte MSRC program started in 2017 and we are entering our third academic year. We have 27 graduate students currently enrolled and we will be welcoming a new group of students to the program this fall. We had our first graduates from the program in spring and summer 2019. Congratulations to Tammy Equan, Gretchen Guelcher, Stephanie King, Brian Ring, and Thomas Nietman. In addition, Brian Ring will be joining UNC Charlotte as faculty for the BSRT and MSRC programs starting in August. 
One of the main questions we get is “What can I do with a master’s degree in respiratory therapy?” My typical first response is that it depends on your goals. The MSRC program is designed to prepare RTs to assume roles in RT leadership, research, education, and clinical patient care. The program uses a case- and project-based approach so that students apply what they learn to address real issues in their department or organization. 
There will be many vacant leadership and education positions in the coming years due to retirements and we need RTs who are ready to assume these roles as they become available. We also need graduate prepared RTs caring for patients. Reducing length of stay, ventilator days, and COPD readmissions are critical roles perfect for RTs to take the lead. The MSRC program will increase your knowledge and skills in disease management and advanced mechanical ventilation to provide better patient care and serve as consultants at the bedside.
Continuing education
We will be releasing a survey in August to get your input on continuing education needs including, but not limited, to topic areas, delivery format, and ways to improve the annual symposium. Your participation and feedback are important to us. So, please be on the look out for an email invitation from the NCSRC to participate in the survey. We plan to provide a link on the NCSRC website for direct access. We look forward to hearing from you!
Hi North Carolina Respiratory Care Practitioners! 
   I am  looking for Adult Respiratory news and items of interest from across the state to post. Look at our NCSRC Times submission guidelines and send your submissions my way. Together we can build a forum that shares ideas, keeps us informed and grows RCP community. 
Carl Cagle