All posts by Steven Hardt

SPC Respiratory Care program receives third consecutive Distinguished Credentialing Success award

steve hardt respiratory

Each year the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) honors a small  percentage of Respiratory Care programs for their graduates’ success in obtaining the highest credential in the field, while meeting or exceeding thresholds for student success and job placement.

The Respiratory Care program at SPC has been selected to receive this award for the third consecutive year.

Only a small select group of programs ever receive this distinction.  Fewer still receive it more than once, and receiving it in three consecutive years is a rare honor.

Congratulations to the faculty, staff, students and graduates of the program whose dedication and hard work made this achievement possible.

Respiratory Care Info Sessions

Many people are fairly familiar with the role of the nurse, radiographer, and paramedic.  Far fewer people know what Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) do.  Because many students are not familiar with this profession, they do not consider it when considering a health care career.

In order to help people become more familiar with the excellent profession of Respiratory Care and St. Petersburg College’s (SPC’s) award winning Respiratory Care program, SPC will be hosting three info sessions in the coming months.  These sessions are designed to introduce potential students to the profession of Respiratory care, the Respiratory Care program here at SPC, and Succeeding in Respiratory Care.  Each session will be at the Caruth Health Education Center campus, located at 7200 66th Street North in Pinellas Park, and lasts about an hour.

The dates and times are:

December 13, 2016  5-6 PM Health Education Center (HEC) Auditorium The Profession

January 24, 2017 5-6 PM HEC Auditorium  The Program

February 21, 2017 5-6 PM HEC Auditorium  Succeeding in Respiratory Care

We hope to see you there!

steve-hardt-respiratorystudent-6

SPC Respiratory Care program receives second consecutive Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award

CoARCEach year the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) honors a small  percentage of Respiratory Care programs for their graduates’ success in obtaining the highest credential in the field, while meeting or exceeding thresholds for student success and job placement.

The Respiratory Care program at SPC has been selected to receive this award for a second consecutive year.

Only a small select group of programs ever receive this distinction.  Fewer still receive it more than once, and receiving it in two consecutive years is a rare honor.

Congratulations to the faculty, staff, students and graduates of the program whose dedication and hard work made this achievement possible.

 

Ventilator Speed dating

It’s not often that you see the words “ventilator” and “speed dating” in the same sentence, but that is probably the best way to describe an interdisciplinary activity that occurred at the Health Education Center (HEC) last week.

Three sophomore Respiratory Therapy (RT) students worked with the over 82 level-4 nursing students to help them become more comfortable with the Servo I, Puritan Bennett 840, and Drager Evita XL mechanical ventilators.

Each group of nursing students had 20 minutes of “hands-on” time with each ventilator with the second-year RT student serving as their coach. This gave the nursing students the rare opportunity to try different things with the ventilators without putting patients at risk, and have an RT student there to answer any questions. The “speed dating format” helped make sure that all the students had a chance to work with all three vents.

The nursing and RT programs have a long history of working together on interdisciplinary projects. In 2015 alone the two programs worked together on mock codes, simple spirometry, and other cross training opportunities.

vent speed dating

Respiratory Care Student Club accepted into the profession’s National Honor Society

The St. Petersburg College (SPC) Respiratory Care program, like many programs at SPC, has an active and involved student club.  Several months ago the students in this club elected to pursue a membership charter into the Lambda Beta Society, which is the national honor society for the profession of Respiratory Care.

The program has just been notified that they have been accepted into this honor society, and has been issued a chapter charter.

This acceptance will better able the program to achieve the purposes of this organization, which are to “promote, recognize, and honor superior scholarship, promote achievement of high scholarly standards… through the encouragement of membership and graduation with honors, and support the professional growth and leadership development…”

Congratulations to the student club, whose hard work has made the program’s acceptance into this honor society possible.

Site visit to Cape Town, South Africa

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling to Cape Town, South Africa, on behalf of St. Petersburg College (SPC).  The purpose of the trip was to see if Cape Town would make a good site for a study abroad opportunity for SPC students, and to visit two clinics there to determine if they would could provide a good service learning opportunity for our students in the Health Services Administration (HSA) program, and possibly other health programs.  I was also fortunate enough to be able to travel with Dr. Donna Ettel, who is a faculty member in the HSA program.

I was very impressed with Cape Town.  The people were very friendly, and as I hope a few of my pictures show, the country is beautiful.  It’s unfortunate that my weak skills in photography don’t do the area justice.  It is also one of the most linguistically diverse areas in the world, with over 11 languages and dialects spoken in Cape Town alone.  They also have one of the widest varieties of plant life in the world.

But nice people and beautiful scenery aside, perhaps the most impressive thing I saw while in South Africa were the clinics I visited.  Cape Town, like many large cities, is a study in contrast.  While it is a modern, affluent  and beautiful city, it also suffers from areas of intense poverty unlike any I have seen.  I was very impressed with the work that the two clinics we visited do to help to alleviate the impact of such poverty.

The first clinic was SHAWCO.  SHAWCO is comprised of student volunteers who are medical students from around the world.  They offer free medical clinics to people of all ages in the heart of the poorest areas.  The work they do is incredible.

The second site we visited was PEEBLES.  PEEBLES is a diverse agency that offers thousands of migrant workers, including hundreds of children, an incredible array of services, from a medical and dental clinic, to child care, to social services and skills training, to nutritional support.  The scope of services they offer is too long to list here, but the impact they have is immeasurable.

I can’t wait for our students to have an opportunity to see this beautiful area, meet the wonderful people of Cape Town, and see the incredible work done by these two organizations.

capetown 7capetown 8capetwon 9cape town 6capetown 5capetown 4Capetown 3Capetown 2

 

Respiratory Care Pinning Ceremony

I realize this won’t do much for my macho image, I must confess I’ve always been a softy for pinning ceremonies.  One of the most rewarding parts of working with the same small group of students for 2 years is being able to graduate, or “pin” them into the profession.  There’s always something so special about seeing a lot of hard work from students, and support from their families, pay off.

This year’s pinning was especially rewarding.  Not only did we pin an excellent group of 15 graduates, but the ceremony was well attended by family members and friends.  Drs. Eric Carver and Rebecca Ludwig also attended, which added to the event.

While the SPC Respiratory Care program has always had a strong record of placing nearly 100% of our graduates, this year’s graduate placement is off to an especially fast start.  Of the 15 graduates, 10 had at least one job offer before they graduated.  Several had multiple offers.  Every indication is that this years class will place especially quickly.

And it couldn’t happen to a nicer group of graduates class of 2015

 

Respiratory Care Program to receive Distinguished Award

Respiratory care program to receive distinguished award

The St. Petersburg College Respiratory Care Program has been notified they are among a select group of programs who will receive a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award.

This prestigious award recognizes the program‘s success in the areas of RRT credentialing success, student success rates and job placement.

Program Director Steve Hardt said this award was only made possible through the teamwork of college administration, the program’s medical director, full-time faculty, adjunct clinical faculty, clinical sites, students and graduates. It reflects especially well on the program’s graduates, whose success in passing the profession’s difficult credentialing exams and finding work in the field make this award possible.

Cigarette Smoking Increases to 5.8 trillion in 2014

Over 5.8 trillion cigarettes were smoked in 2014.  Smoking lead to over 6.3 million deaths in 2013, and it is estimated over 1 billion people will die from smoking related illnesses in this century.

International Cigarette Smokers Increase Averages

The World Lung Foundation published a recent article that indicates that despite declines in smoking rates in many countries, increases in smoking in China have offset those declines.  Interestingly, in China almost 2,250 cigarettes were smoked for each person over 15.

Cigarette sales remain profitable – tobacco industry profits were 44 billion dollars in 2013, and it is estimated that the tobacco industry makes $7000.00 per tobacco death.

For more information, check out this article.