SUMMER AIRWAVES 2020
Paula Smith, RRT CRE BHSc, RTSO President-Elect Dear fellow RT’s, My name is Paula Smith and I am a very friendly and proud RT. I am so excited to be part of the RTSO Board and represent the interests of all RT’s in Ontario.
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!
I am excited to be joining the RTSO Board of Directors as Secretary and to support our members as an advocate for our incredible profession.
Shawna MacDonald RRT FCSRT BEd Welcome to the summer 2020 edition of RTSO Airwaves! In addition to our regular features, some introductions are included in this issue.
As you know, on April 25, the government announced it is providing eligible frontline and support workers with temporary pandemic pay.
Fatima Foster, RRT CRE I have always wanted to give back to a profession that has given me so much – “when the kids are older”. That opportunity presented itself in 2018 with Co-Chairing the RTSOs PTSD Task Force.
Sylvia Mortimer BSc RRT CRE The Community RT group have been working together on knowledge sharing during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also a subgroup of individuals currently working on standardized spirometry medical directives.
Kelly Hassall, RRT FCSRT MEd Stephen Buziak, RRT MA These past few months have flown by quickly for the Leadership Committee, as we are sure they have for most RTs across the Province.
Ana Marie MacPherson, MASc RRT CRE CTE I currently work as the Chronic Stream, Integrated Comprehensive Care Program (ICCP) Care Coordinator at St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH).
Shirley Quach RRT HBSc Tina Yan HBSc RRT CHT It will be an unforgettable summer. When we last updated our members, things were a little different.
COVID-19 has highlighted the need to adjust routine practices for lung function testing in an effort to reduce potential spread, for both patients and staff.
Submitted by: Mithin Koshy, BSc SRT COVID-19 has forced us all to accustom to a new ‘normal’ with several challenges.
By Shirley Quach, RRT CRE HBSc Research and reporting on the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and management of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has garnered most of the attention over the last few months.
Farzad Refahi HBSc RRT CRE FCSRT COVID-19 has brought various challenges for clinicians and organizations. With the 24-hour news cycle and never-ending social media feeds, the world quickly went into information overload.
Wendy Foote RRT CRE Greg Donde RRT BHSc MSc It has been a demanding and empowering time for the RT profession over the last few months. It is inspiring to see the value, skills, and knowledge that students and graduates can provide.