Hawaii RT Licensure Signed into Law
June 29, 2010
Respiratory therapists throughout the state of Hawaii marked a major milestone Monday afternoon, as Governor Linda Lingle signed their hard-fought-for licensure act into law.
With the addition of the Hawaii law, 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico now regulate through licensure the profession of respiratory care. Alaska is the only state without a law on the books.
The Hawaii licensure law is the result of many years of work on the part of RTs in the Hawaii Society for Respiratory Care (HSRC), who pushed through numerous obstacles over the years to reach this victory.
“I know from my interactions with the HSRC over the past several years that they have worked hard to get this done despite the resistance and odds that sometimes seemed insurmountable,” says AARC President Tim Myers, BS, RRT-NPS.
“The HSRC and its therapists are some of the most passionate about their patients and their profession that I have come across in my 25 years in the profession, and it was only a matter of time until they achieved this goal,” he continues. “The 50,000+ members of the AARC are proud of Hawaii’s efforts and hard work.”
Stay tuned to your AARC publications for more details on this long-sought victory.