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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

2015 Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award

At the 2016 AARC Summer Forum two Tennessee respiratory care programs received CoARC’s Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award for 2015. Seventy-eight of the 432 programs received the award. Criteria for the award included:
(1) have three or more years of outcomes data; (2) hold accreditation without a progress report; (3) document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and (4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition and positive (job) placement.

Chattanooga State Community College won the award for the fifth consecutive year. Sharron Hall is the program director. Columbia State Community College won the award for the first time. R. David Johnson is the program director.

According to the 2015 CoARC Outcomes Data Report the national average for graduates obtaining the RRT credential was 70.5% Chattanooga State averaged 97.9% for the assessment period. Columbia State averaged 93.8%. The national job placement average was 85.5% while Chattanooga State averaged 93.8% and Columbia State averaged 97.9%.

According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm, the job outlook for Respiratory Therapists is expected to grow by 12% for the time period of 2014 – 2024 which is considered faster than the average for all occupations.

New Continuing Education Rules Become Effective on November 26, 2015

(SEE ADDENDUM AT END OF ARTICLE)

The Tennessee Board of Respiratory Care has revised the rules governing continuing education (CE). The new rules take effect on November 26, 2015.

The CE hours obtained by respiratory therapists must meet the following requirements:

  1. Each respiratory therapist who holds a Tennessee license must get 12 hours of CE every calendar year. The previous requirement was 10 hours.
  2. At least 5 of the 12 hours must pertain to the clinical practice of respiratory care or to research related to the cardio-pulmonary system.
  3. At least 1 of the 12 hours must pertain to “patient safety” (as that term is defined by the Joint Commission).
  4. At least 1 of the 12 hours must be a course focused on the professional or ethical standards required of respiratory therapists.
  5. The remaining 5 hours may pertain to other topics, such as education or management.

The list of organizations whose CE activities and programs are considered pre-approved has been revised and expanded. This is the new list:

News All Tennessee Respiratory Therapists Should Know

The State Board of Respiratory Care is enforcing a law that is already in effect. All therapists are required to maintain the active status of their credentials with the NBRC to remain ABG endorsed. This is not a change to our Licensure Laws, rather something that has not been checked in the past. This will have the greatest effect on therapists obtaining their license after July 1, 2002. Anyone who has applied for a license after that date will be required to participate in the NBRC’s Continuing Competency Program in order to remain ABG endorsed. Therapists who obtained their license and credentials before July 1, 2002 will not have to participate in the NBRC’s Continuing Competency Program in order to maintain their NBRC credentials. Everyone should continue to check this portion of the website to keep up to date on any changes, also direct your therapist friends and coworkers to where this information can be found.

NBRC Website – Continuing Competency Program
NBRC Annual Renewal Website