AARC Summer Meetings

American Association for Respiratory Care

Summer Forum

Friday–Sunday, July 16–18, 2010
Marriott Marco Island, Florida

Approved for up to 17.12 hours of continuing education credit (CRCE).

Friday July 16

Educators Track

8:00 A.M.–11:50 A.M.

Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC, Chair, AARC Education Section/Presiding

CoARC and You: Program Development, Evaluation, and Self-Analysis Under the New CoARC Standards

Accreditation of respiratory care programs by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) includes a comprehensive review of the program relative to the accreditation standards. Accreditation decisions are based on the CoARC’s review of information contained in the accreditation application and self-study report, the report of site visit evaluation teams, the annual Report of Current Status, and any additional requested reports or documents submitted to the CoARC by the program. This symposium provides essential information designed to successfully navigate program faculty through the accreditation process under the new 2010 CoARC accreditation standards that will go into effect on June 1, 2010.

8:00 A.M.–8:50 A.M.

CoARC’s New Accreditation Standards: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Your Outcomes!

David L Bowton MD FCCP FCCM, Winston Salem NC
Kathy Rye EdD RRT FAARC, Little Rock AR

Attendees will be provided with an overview of the new accreditation standards and its implications for programs and the profession. The presenter will focus on the most significant differences between the current and new standards. Strategies for implementing programmatic changes to address compliance with the new standards will also be discussed.

9:00 A.M.–9:50 A.M.

Preparing Self Studies under the New Standards: What’s In? What’s Out?

Stephen P Mikles EdS RRT FAARC, Pinellas Park FL
Jolene Miller MEd RRT, Lafayette IN

This presentation will cover the strategies needed for successfully completing the newly revised self-study reports. Included is a discussion of the changes made to the format and how the new reports integrate with the site visit review process. Emphasis will be placed on the steps necessary to comply with the new CoARC accreditation standards.

10:00 A.M.–10:50 A.M.

The Site Visitors Are Coming! Transitioning from Successful Self-Study to Successful Site Visit

Bradley A Leidich MSEd RRT FAARC, Harrisburg PA
Becki L Evans MS RRT, Tulsa OK

This presentation focuses on how to prepare for an accreditation site visit under the new standards; topics will be presented from the perspective of the department chair, dean, and key program faculty. General topics include planning ahead to ensure participation by key individuals; gathering and organizing essential documentation; and preparing your students, faculty, and administrators for the site visit.

11:00 A.M.–11:50 A.M.

What Is E-Accreditation? Introducing CoARC’s New Annual Reporting Tool

Thomas R Smalling PhD RRT FAARC, Bedford TX

Attendees will be provided with an overview of CoARC’s new Web-based annual reporting tool, E-Accreditation, which assists programs in their collection of annual program data and outcomes data. The presenter will demonstrate the features of the new software and discuss the differences between this and the previous reporting tool. The proposed implementation plan and April 15, 2011, deadline will also be discussed.

Managers Track

8:00 A.M.–12:00 noon

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT—Chair, AARC Management Section Chair/Presiding

8:00 A.M.–8:55 A.M.

Ensuring Your Success Through Motivating Your Employees

Mark D Babic RRT, Cleveland OH

Success can only be achieved in today's world through motivating and engaging your employees. This lecture will demonstrate how businesses have found ways to motivate their staff and will do so in highly interactive format with the audience members.

9:00 A.M.–9:55 A.M.

You Asked, We Delivered

Presenter will provide key material but will then integrate an interactive format that will include Q&A and small group interactions to further hard-wire the material into a more practical application. The purpose will be to transform didactic material to one of application and “take-aways” for the leader's return to their organization.

How Do I Grow My Staff and Department to the Next Level?

Scott Reistad RRT CPFT, Denver CO

The objective of this session is to better understand (1) the concept of high-medium-low performers and how to motivate each of these groups; (2) the importance of how the “next level” will equate to improve patient and associate satisfaction scores; (3) how the leader’s grow to the “next level” impacts their ability to lead others to the “next level”; (4) the benefits of routine 1–1 discussion with associate and “living” performance appraisals; and (5) how accountability and consistency are critical to success.

10:00 A.M.–10:55 A.M.

Shared Governance in Respiratory Therapy: Why and How

Mark D Babic RRT, Cleveland OH

Shared governance is a system of management and leadership that empowers all staff in the decision-making process. It provides a framework of health care workers to collaborate and develop multi-professional care plans that will improve patient care. Shared governance creates a culture in which managers become more a facilitator, rather than a controller. Shared governance can:

  • Increase morale
  • Improve job satisfaction
  • Increase motivation
  • Improve staff contribution
  • Encourage creativity
  • Promote interpersonal relationships
  • Increase ownership and provide a sense of worth.

However, implementing shared governance can be very challenging for both managers and employees. The audience will interact by solving some of the pitfalls that departments may face while going through these changes. Establishing effective training in the beginning is crucial to ensure everyone is ready and willing to work through any problems that might be encountered. Shared governance doesn't happen overnight, nor is it a one-time implementation process with set rules, but rather an ongoing process.

Management Section Membership Meeting

11:00 A.M.–12:00 noon

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT, Cleveland OH/Chairing

Discuss issues related to the section. This is your opportunity to influence the profession. All Summer Forum attendees are invited to attend this session.

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Educators Track

2:00 P.M.–5:30 P.M.

Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC/Presiding

2:00 P.M.–3:30 P.M.

No Program Left Behind: Simulation on a Shoestring Budget

Julianne S Perretta MSEd RRT-NPS, Baltimore MD

Whether your simulation budget is $2 or $2 million, this workshop will help you get the biggest bang for your buck. The speaker will identify everyday objects you can use to enhance your simulation fidelity, discuss free (or almost free) options for simulation, and discuss ways to maximize your available simulation space. She will also identify ways to improve the longevity of your trainers and manikins and discuss opportunities for collaboration that will improve your simulation options.

3:40 P.M.–4:40 P.M.

Item Writing and Analysis: Improving Your Exams

Dennis R Wissing PhD RRT AE-C FAARC, Shreveport LA

By the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to discuss guidelines for writing effective multiple choice test items, be able to recognize poorly written items, and apply item analysis to improve validity and reliability of an examination.

Education Section Membership Meeting

4:45 P.M.–5:30 P.M.

Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC, Atlanta GA/Chairing

Reports from various Education Section Committee/Task Forces will be addressed, and issues related to the section will be discussed.

Managers Track

2:00 P.M.–4:55 P.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT/ Presiding

2:00 P.M.–2:55 P.M.

Just Add RTs and Mix!

Mary K Hart RRT, Dallas TX

All that’s missing from the Peak Performance USA program is the RT! The presenter will provide the steps to involve your staff in this comprehensive and Web-based program that is accessible to all and will review the tools that are at your fingertips to achieve better outcomes for your community.

3:00 P.M.–3:55 P.M.

The Changing Roles of Respiratory Care: A Human Resources Perspective

Bruce W Wilhelm, Cooperstown NY

This is the first lecture in a new series, “View from the Executive Suite,” which will provide attendees with how we are viewed by those in executive positions. Mr. Wilhelm will provide how HR professionals view the roles, responsibilities, and value that respiratory therapists add to hospitals and health systems.

4:00 P.M.–4:55 P.M.

You Asked, We Delivered

Presenter will provide key material but will then integrate an interactive format that will include Q&A and small group interactions to further hard-wire the material into a more practical application. The purpose will be to transform didactic material to one of application and “take-aways” for the leader's return to their organization.

How Do I Manage Productivity Without Losing Morale?

Scott Reistad RRT CPFT, Denver CO

The objectives of this session is to better understand (1) the concept of “working smarter” versus “working harder;” (2) how partnering with staff to resolve issues will provide greater acceptance to changes that need to be made; (3) how to effectively coach staff members on their individual morale level; (4) how to empower other staff members to move beyond the complaining into positive action steps; and (5) the “tips and tricks” on sharing information with administration to ensure appropriate productivity measures.

All programs are approved for Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit

Earn your CRCE credits, then enjoy an outstanding vacation attraction like a round of golf with your family.

  • Summer Forum—Up to 17.12 CRCE credits
  • Ventilators Course—6.5 CRCE credits

Saturday July 17

Educators Track

7:00 A.M.–7:55 A.M.

Education Research: Paper Presentations

Nancy Weissman PhD RRT, Palm Beach FL/Presiding

Presenters will share their educational research papers, with each presentation being followed by a discussion period. Complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.

Plenary Session

8:00 A.M.–8:50 A.M.

Michael A Gentile RRT FAARC/ Presiding

Continuing Professional Development: The AARC Leadership Institute

Toni Rodriguez EdD RRT, Phoenix AZ

Great clinical skills and a good personality might have paved the way to a leadership position in management, education or research back in the day, but the 21st century is demanding more and the AARC is providing it in the form of the Leadership Institute. This interactive online educational program is being designed to provide access to flexible continuing professional development with real world relevance right at the desktop. Learn how this new avenue of personal development can optimize job satisfaction and performance for both employer and employee.

Educators Track

9:00 A.M.–12:00 noon

Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC/Presiding

9:00 am–9:45 am

Ethics of Teaching: Classroom Issues

Dennis R Wissing PhD RRT AE-C FAARC, Shreveport LA

This interactive presentation encouraging audience participation will cover mini-cases illustrating common ethical issues that challenge the classroom teacher, administration, and student.

Symposium: Managed Education

This 2-part symposium is designed to aid key program personnel with the information necessary to position their program in this era of difficult economic times.

9:50 A.M.–10:35 A.M.

Investing in the Future of Your Respiratory Care Program

Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC, Atlanta GA

The first presentation explains the importance of aligning your respiratory care program with the mission of the sponsoring institution. It explains how to determine if your program is at risk for cuts or elimination and provides information on how program directors can position their respiratory care program to be an educational program worth saving when budget cuts are necessary.

10:40 A.M.–11:25 A.M.

Improving Institutional Financial Stewardship and Clinical Affiliations

Teresa A Volsko MHHS RRT FAARC, Youngstown OH

The second of this 2-part series will explain how costly contracting with and maintaining affiliations with clinical sites can be. It will describe how program directors can perform a clinical cost analysis and achieve financial stewardship without sacrificing the quality of clinical experiences. The presentation will conclude with examples of strategies program directors can use to cut clinical costs while maintaining sufficient breadth and depth of clinical exposure.

11:30 A.M.–12:00 noon

Question & Answer Session: Sharing Experiences

Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC
Teresa A Volsko MHH RRT FAARC

Attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences as well as ask questions of the speakers and each other.

Managers Track

9:00 A.M.–12:10 P.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT, AARC Managers Section/Presiding

9:00 A.M.–9:40 A.M.

The Basic Concepts of LEAN

Darnetta Clinkscale MBA RRT, St Louis MO

We’ve all seen the typical “flavor of the month” that purports to improve quality and customer satisfaction while cutting costs to the bone. While many of the programs have come and gone and many have not demonstrated any countable savings, the LEAN program is one that has demonstrated reduction of waste while ensuring patient care and safety is maintained and/or improved. This presenter will educate you as to the basic concept and tools that you can implement in your organization.

9:45 A.M.–10:25 A.M.

The Impact of HR Legislative Initiatives on RC Leaders: Dealing with the Alphabet Soup

Bruce W Wilhelm, Cooperstown NY

In this session, participants will learn about new or pending legislative initiatives which will impact their ability to lead a department. Revisions to FMLA, ADA, and NLRA laws combined with changes to the NLRB and new laws such as EFCA lead to an alphabet soup-like maze of laws for leaders to deal with. Along with their potential effect upon department leadership, an overview of each law will be provided.

10:30 A.M.–11:25 A.M.

Let’s Play the Game: An Exercise in Using Process Improvement Tools

Darnetta Clinkscale MBA RRT, St Louis MO

Building on the information provided with regard to tools and techniques, the presenter will engage the audience using the Audience Response System (ARS) to engage the attendees in highly interactive exercises to demonstrate how to utilize these tools to decrease waste while maintaining quality.

11:30 A.M.–12:10 P.M.

Using Criteria-based Evaluations to Select Ventilators

Joseph Dwan MS RRT, Clackamas OR

Based on the AARC Management Listserve response, many RT managers purchase capital equipment based upon subjective evaluations and subjective input from other mangers. The objective evaluation system, which emphasizes RT's and pulmonologist’s input, rather than purchasing agents/price point decision, incorporates bedside user input into defined criteria specific to the device being evaluated. Included in these evaluations is input from staff RTs and RT managers, pulmonologists, BloMed, and, at times, nurses. Hospital specific needs, service considerations, device connectivity, cost of ownership, and clinical support are all part of this evaluation system. Multiple hospital contracts, Group Purchasing Organizations, and contract management will be discussed.

When prioritizing, simply ask: What would make more sense than to enjoy simple family pleasures while enhancing my career?

Educators Track

2:00 P.M.–5:30 P.M.

Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC/Presiding

2:00 P.M.–2:55 P.M.

Rating Students’/Therapists’ Clinical Skills: Making Rating Fun and Avoiding the “Halo Effect”

Thomas J Johnson MS RRT, Brooklyn NY

Video clips are often used as a tool to teach and assess laboratory and pre-clinical competency and ultimately development of skill mastery. These tools can be used to de-brief lab performance by program faculty, clinical preceptors, and staff. As such, they can serve as an effective and efficient means to provide clinical preceptor training. This presentation will address issues of inter-rater reliability, assessment of clinical decision-making skills for staff and students, and the strengthening of clinical preceptor training.

3:00 P.M.–3:55 P.M.

Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills: Out-House “Dr. House”

Thomas J Johnson MS RRT

This fun, interactive program on critical assessment of clinical cases will offer challenge to both the novice and expert RT. Emphasis will be placed on information gathering analysis, and decision making. Participants will be able to describe the common errors in thinking that lead to poor outcomes.

4:00 P.M.–5:30 P.M.

Generation NeXt Comes to College

Mark Taylor MSW EdD, Little Rock AR

The young people of Generation NeXt, who are entering college today, have characteristics and expectations that present unique challenges to those of us charged with shepherding them through higher education, especially those of us from the Baby Boom and other, different generational cohorts. As the first truly post-modern generation, they were raised in a different social environment and have had very different formative experiences than any previous generation. To effectively retain and teach them, it is incumbent on us to understand who they are and how they got to be the way they are, their unique challenges, and our best methods of teaching and serving. This presentation will describe Generation NeXt in their generational context with the recent generational cohorts, describe post-modern influences and social characteristics, and illustrate how college faculty and staff, in a learning-centered college environment, can best help these young people reach their educational and personal goals.

Managers Track

2:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT/ Presiding

2:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

Profit and Cash Workshop

Cary Phillips JD CPCU CLU, Overland Park KS

This highly engaging mini-posium will be lead by a principal of Human Dynamics, a nationally recognized firm which has worked with companies across the United States in a variety of industries. The basic premise is to engage the participants in small workgroups to interactively learn about financial principles while dealing with situations that arise and challenge respiratory therapy leaders and their organizations. Whether you have a graduate business degree or not, this workshop will sharpen your skills or provide you with new ones to benefit the financial performance of your organization.

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Sunday July 18

Plenary Session

8:30 A.M.–10:20 A.M.

Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC/Presiding

Jimmy A Young Memorial Lecture

Presented by the National Board for Respiratory Care

8:30 A.M.–9:30 A.M.

The New Decade—Challenges and Opportunities in Credentialing

Gregg L Ruppel MEd RRT RPFT FAARC, St Louis MO
Robert C Shaw Jr. PhD RRT FAARC, Olathe KS
Lori M Tinkler MBA, Olathe KS

The presenters will discuss the advent of the adult critical care examinations as well as the history of the credentialing system and how/why we have gotten to where we are today.

Agency Updates

9:35 A.M.–10:20 A.M.

The leadership of the AARC, ARCF, CoARC, and NBRC will join the attendees to discuss the latest professional, research, accreditation, and credentialing issues facing respiratory care.

AARC—Timothy R Myers RRT-NPS, President
ARCF—Michael T Amato, Chair
CoARC—David L Bowton MD FCCP FCCM, Chair
NBRC—Gregg L Ruppel RRT RPFT FAARC, President

Educators Track

10:30 A.M.–12:00 noon

David L Bowton MD FCCP FCCM/Chairing

Dr. Fred Helmholz Education Lecture Series

Presented by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

A Pedagogy for Today’s Learner

Mark Taylor MSW EdD, Little Rock AR

This workshop on practical skills for facilitating meaningful student learning in and out of the classroom describes, illustrates, and allows participants to experience and make plans to apply concrete and immediately useful methods to increase student engagement, activity, responsibility for their own learning, and personal ownership of class goals and desired outcomes.

Managers Track

8:00 A.M.–11:55 A.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT/Presiding

8:00 A.M.–8:55 A.M.

A Rational Approach to Purchasing RT Supplies for Quality and Cost Savings

Joseph Dwan MS RRT, Clackamas OR

The presenter will review criteria-based evaluations and GPO standards that he has utilized to decrease costs for RT supplies while ensuring that quality is maintained or enhanced. He will demonstrate the success he has enjoyed in his department utilizing this methodology and how every attendee can implement this methodology in their department and organization.

9:00 A.M.–9:55 A.M.

RTs Lead the Way to Better Asthma Management in Emergency Department

Mary K Hart RRT, Dallas TX

The presenter will demonstrate how in one hospital, RTs lead the way in providing asthma management in the ED. It started with a simple quality improvement project to decrease length of stay in the ED for asthma patients. Using a team approach, the RTs implemented an evidence-based protocol that has improved patient flow and reduced cost in a dramatic way that increased the visibility of RTs and demonstrated their value as a member of the health care team.

10:00 A.M.–10:55 A.M.

Interfacing Respiratory Care Information Systems with Computerized Physician Order Entry

George W Gaebler MSEd RRT FAARC, Syracuse NY

The speaker will present the reasons, justification for, and outcomes that can be realized from the creation of a full interfaced RC information system with CPOE. The presentation will include the planning process, system build, and pitfalls experienced with integrating an RC system within an organizational mainframe system. Benefits to the attendee will include how such systems can be utilized to improve productivity, allow benchmarking, and engage their staff in the successful launch and operation.

11:00 A.M.–11:55 A.M.

The RT’s Role in Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT, Cleveland OH

With current and impending financial penalties for the readmission of patients to the discharging hospital within a defined timeline, it is incumbent upon hospitals to implement procedures to eliminate this issue. The speaker will illustrate the value added role for the RT in the discharge process, home care, and rehabilitation.

Refresh. Rejuvenate. Re-create at the respiratory care summer meetings.

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