Sue Jones RRT FCSRT LSSBB

As we move into re-opening healthcare and the province, Respiratory Therapists are demonstrating leadership, resilience and compassion.  Thank you all for your dedication to our patients and the profession!

On your behalf, the RTSO Directors and leaders have stepped up to ensure you have current and emerging information in order to make to make the best clinical decisions possible during the pandemic.  I will not bore you with the committees we have been participating in, but know that we do have a seat at the Ministry’s daily briefings as well as the Collaboration and Communication tables.  We have been successful in both showcasing our profession and ensuring we have voices at those important tables.

It has been an interesting year so far at the RTSO! We have dealt with and continue to deal with the pandemic.  The spotlight has periodically shone on our profession and we have increased media attention. We have also advocated for pandemic pay.  In addition to this, the RTSO has experienced changes in leadership.  We hope we have settled in nicely now and have established a strong path forward coupled with a solid recruitment plan that will foster sustainability in this organization of volunteers.  We are growing as a profession, with over 3000 Respiratory Therapists in the province. The RTSO hopes to entice more of you to join, as we strive to improve patient care and support the evolution of our profession.

There are so many people who willingly volunteer their time to create documents, attend meetings and promote the profession daily, weekly and monthly.  You are all appreciated so much; thank you!  Many of you out there have chosen to support us as a volunteer organization and we deeply appreciate that support.  We ‘re proud to say that we have doubled our membership since January 2019, and we will continue to demonstrate to non-members in Ontario what exceptional value we bring to you as a member.  I hope the webinars we provided during the height of the pandemic were helpful and I would like to offer a big shout out to Kelly Hassall for all of her hard work!  Kelly remains committed to the Leadership Committee and is a huge example of how to promote and advocate for the profession successfully.

We have some great initiatives stemming from the Leadership Committee:  the #HCWS4FOOD challenge, the t-shirt contest, and some upcoming activities are in the works for RT Week. The RTSO is also supporting the mental health and well-being of all Respiratory Therapists with the Facebook page, Ontario RRT Support, as well as through webinars and resources posted to the RTSO website.  We’ll soon share a recently approved guidance document on safe reopening of pulmonary function labs.

We are continuing to represent our profession as the province starts to plan for a potential second wave, which will coincide with flu season.  We may be reaching out via webinars over the next few months to ensure we bring forward relevant issues as the situation evolves and we move from summer into the fall.  Due to COVID-19, INSPIRE 2020 has been cancelled, but we have rebooked for October 2021.  Planning for this event will start this summer.  If you would like to help out, please send an email to office@rtso.ca and we’ll be in touch!

Thank you for contributing to the healthcare system, for going to work and putting your lives at risk, and for your ongoing dedication and commitment to patient care and our profession.

Please join the RTSO if you have not already, so that we may stand united as we continue to plan for the future.

The RTSO Executive is comprised of the RTSO Past-President, President, President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary.