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TN Student Representative to Attend 2018 AARC House of Delegates

The TSRC Education Committee would like to congratulate Ms. Kylie Marshall of Tennessee State University for being selected to attend the 2018 AARC House of Delegates as Tennessee’s student representative!! Kylie will be attending the House of Delegates meeting alongside our AARC state delegates, William Phillips and Joel Wilmoth. The House of Delegates meeting is followed by the 2018 AARC Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will share her newfound knowledge and experiences upon her return. Thank you for participating, Kylie Marshall. We look forward to hearing all about it!

2018 TSRC State Convention & Exhibition

gatlinburg, tsrc 2018On April 9th and 10th, 2018, the TSRC presented another sensationally successful TSRC conference, thanks in large part to the efforts of Program Committee Chair, Ms. Susan Parsons, and the many dedicated presenters, attendees and vendors. This year’s conference was held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, nestled in the beautiful Smokey Mountains. Ms. Pam Ditto was honored as Outgoing President as Ms. Susan Parsons took oath as 2018 TSRC President, to begin July 1, 2018. Ms. Ditto served our state well during her time in office, leading us into 2018 and challenging our state to take a greater interest in legislative matters. Ms. Ditto will remain on the Board of Directors as Past President and advisor to Ms. Parsons.

The Presentations:
The conference kicked off with sensational keynote speaker and Country Music Singer, Mr. Bartlee Norton. Mr. Norton treated conventioneers to top shelf entertainment followed by an inspiring discussion on being not only memorable, but legendary in the field and those you touch. Attendees were then treated to professional presentations that met the annual requirements for CEU’s through two tracks, allowing the conventioneers versatility to meet their interests.

The Exhibit Hall:

TSRC Exhibit Hall 2018 leftThe exhibit hall and convention was supported by many great vendors. Attendees were introduced to some of the latest and most innovative technologies available to RCP’s. While visiting the exhibit, attendees fervently bid in a silent auction filled with desirable merchandise from across the state.


Student Activities:

TSRC 2018 Sputum Bowl WinnersThe student population attended in full force, as over half of the schools in the state were well represented. We were pleased to offer a few student-centered activities to include Scholarship Contests, Poster Presentation Contest, and an open forum allowing students to have the floor in front of a panel of hiring managers from the state. The Sputum Bowl was a nail-biter of a competition which pitted five strong competitors against each other. Walters State Community College emerged Sputum Bowl Champions, etching their place in the history books by winning their eighth straight competition.

The TSRC annual conference is a time for RCP’s to recharge their professional batteries and strengthen the camaraderie and unity essential to any profession. Tennessee RCP’s are doing great things across the state every day, the TSRC annual conference is the best way to connect with fellow RCP’s and stay abreast of what’s happening in your profession. We hope to see you in attendance next year!!

*Pictures courtesy of Ms. Christie Ward*

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2018 TSRC Sputum Bowl Champions

Congratulations Walters State Community College!
2018 TSRC Sputum Bowl Champions!

The winning streak continues as Walter State Community College (WSCC) secured its 8th consecutive sputum bowl championship. This year’s TSRC Sputum Bowl competition was filled with lots of thrills and excitement as 5 teams battled for top honors. The competition held on evening of April 9th, following the presentations of the day, provided top flight entertainment for those in attendance. In a round robin tournament, WSCC emerged as champions only after 3 thrilling rounds that saw them come from behind in the first round to advance in the competition. Each team brought their “A Game” and represented their respective institutions exceptionally well.

Thank you!
TSRC Education Committee

TSRC 2018 Sputum Bowl Winners

TSRC’s Chattanooga Chapter 2017 Fall Seminar

This was my second year working behind the scenes of the Chattanooga Chapter TSRC Fall Seminar. The seminar was held Friday, October 6, 2017 at Erlanger Hospital’s Probasco Auditorium. I have to say, working with the other volunteers was a blast. The day started off with a great breakfast and catching up with old co-workers and classmates from respiratory school.

Chris Surike, Clinical Sales Specialist, from Vyaire Medical started the seminar off with an excellent lecture on Adult High Frequency Oscillation. Victor Czerkasij, NP from Skin Cancer & Cosmetic Dermatology Center followed, and spoke on applying ethical standards in healthcare, as well as, entertained the crowd with some very humorous stories! Following a break, to visit with the vendors and see some cool respiratory products, Chris Lynn, MSHA, RRT, NPS AE-C, Area Clinical Specialist from Vapotherm engaged the audience with a presentation on using High Velocity Nasal Insufflation Intervention in the emergency room setting. In the afternoon session, Angela Wagler, RRT from Teleflex, talked about Patient Safety and Protecting the Ventilated Patient from Hospital Acquired Infections. The day closed on a high note when BREAS speaker, Jim Eddins, RRT, RPFT, Clinical Sales Specialists presented on EtCO2 Monitoring and its application in the clinical practice. If you missed out this fall, mark your calendars for Friday, May 11th, 2018 and come be a part of the Chattanooga Chapter TSRC Spring Seminar at Erlanger Hospital’s Probasco Auditorium!

Randy Ramirez, RRT
Respiratory Care Educator/Neonatal & Transport Team at Erlanger Hospital

Photos: Chattanooga Chapter 2017 Fall Seminar

Thank you to the following vendors that supported the TSRC 2017 Chattanooga Chapter’s Fall Seminar:

Breas Medical, Draeger, Grifols, Hill-Rom, Hollister, Kol-Bio-Medical, Masimo, Medtronic, Mercury Medical, Ottawa University, Philips, Sunovion, Teleflex, Vapotherm, Vyaire Medical

Take Your Membership and CRCEs to the Next Level

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