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Why I’m a Respiratory Therapist

“Why am I a respiratory therapist or a nurse you may ask?”

Respiratory therapists and nurses have a higher calling far above saving lives and simply helping people feel better. Therefore, if these are the reasons you are undertaking a career in the medical profession then you may be altogether disappointed. There is a higher calling, you see. So continue to read on and learn with me.

I have a unique role in the medical field, as all respiratory therapists do, and that is that we are seemingly omnipresent/everywhere all at once. We have the ability and the responsibility to wander the hospital and we experience the hospital life in all departments. We tend to know the milieu of all departments and we hear all the gossip. We hear all the good and bad.

One of the statements I hear by some of my professional coworkers throughout the hospital is “What is the point of my existence, Why am I here?” I hear this from nurses who feel they do nothing but give pills all day to patients who have little knowledge of their disease. We place essentially lifeless patients on ventilators. We do breathing treatments that are not appreciated.

A nurse stated to me “There is no point. I am waiting to learn my calling and yearn the reason I am here on earth”

I said, “Do you expect someone to say, you’re going to be the next best-selling author?” “Do you think some person will announce to you “You’re going to be the next Mayor?”

“Well no.” My friend stated.

“Great, because chances are no one will.” Why? Only a few people have jobs where they become famous. Think of this concept in this way: only one person will be President of the United States. The remaining three million people are left to do every other job and responsibility and caring for the ill is a great responsibility. If you spend your life expecting one of these types of jobs, chances are, you’re going spend your life being disappointed with your career.

“I understand your point.”

“My point is, you now already have a higher purpose. You already have a gift. Look at it in this light: if you’re President of the United States, you influence many people. Yet the President surely was influenced by many people throughout the course of life, in small and great ways. He possibly had been healed and touched for a few moments by a nurse or a respiratory therapist, someone who touched him, influenced him, in a mere, tiny way.”

“I can see the point you’re making.”

“Even in those few minutes, the small role you play in a patient’s life influences that person. There are consequences and repercussion to all your actions. You don’t know how each person will move on to influence someone else based on what he or she has learned from your expertise. Or, you perhaps helped save a life so they can influence others down the road. Then you have done a great thing and have shared your gift. And now I sound like the President or something.”

My friend and I shared a good laugh.

So, while you may think most of what we do is pointless we do indeed touch people’s lives. We influence them in sometimes small and sometimes in a great ways with our healing touch and kind words. Hence, we are sharing our gift every day. This alone makes me proud to be a respiratory therapist.

Whenever you question your worth in the world, whenever you contemplate what your role is in this world, always remember that you are a small but important piece of the puzzle on this earth. So long as you accept your role in this world and keep on smiling, you will realize that you are a gift that keeps on giving.