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Is an RN in charge of a respiratory therapist?

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  • Is an RN in charge of a respiratory therapist?


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Answer #1 | 21/12 2015 20:43
Depends on the org chart.
Positive: 50 %
Answer #2 | 21/12 2015 12:43
Depends on the org chart.
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Answer #3 | 21/12 2015 21:16
What do you mean "in charge of"? Respiratory therapy (in most if not all facilities) is not under nursing, but is their own allied health dept, same as the lab, PT, etc). Now, a RN can ask the RT to help with tasks etc like suctioning and they are happy to comply. Unless the RN has the ability to generate new orders, or has a protocol, however, meds, vent changes etc require a provider order. They are a allied health provider, with their own charge hierarchy, leads and supervisors.
Positive: 0 %
Answer #4 | 21/12 2015 13:16
What do you mean "in charge of"? Respiratory therapy (in most if not all facilities) is not under nursing, but is their own allied health dept, same as the lab, PT, etc). Now, a RN can ask the RT to help with tasks etc like suctioning and they are happy to comply. Unless the RN has the ability to generate new orders, or has a protocol, however, meds, vent changes etc require a provider order. They are a allied health provider, with their own charge hierarchy, leads and supervisors.
Positive: 0 %

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