Over the last year, I have been able to work with a great group of Respiratory Therapists. I have learned a great deal from the NSRC board and committee members, NSRC members and AARC leaders. I hope that my knowledge, experiences and leadership that I shared over the last year were valuable in helping our society move forward together in 2019-2020.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the board and committee members on a few initiatives. Our work consisted of aligning with our mission and values for short and long term goals. We also focused on increasing our membership, being more interactive on social media, and being able to offer a wider variety of educational opportunities, especially to have been offered at our annual state conference. However, the cancellation of the NSRC Conference in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic was disappointing. I am confident that we will offer an exciting conference next year addressing topics of interest.
Following is a message from Lil O'Neill, NSRC president:
The events leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic have been alarming. I am sure that most of us never thought that we could be caring for patients with COVID-19. It has been overwhelming because of how the speed and intensity of this virus has effected the world. How many hospitals were prepared for the possible volume of negative pressure rooms needed, use of personal protective equipment daily, and having enough ventilators to use in the Intensive Care Units?
Unfortunately, we are seeing patients with COVID-19 going into respiratory failure quickly. Our role has become very vital in caring for COVID-19 patients. In times of crisis, we need to rely on our training and experience to help us navigate through this uncertain period.
Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the NSRC Board Members have decided to cancel the 2020 state conference.
"The Board met on Friday, March 20 to discuss the conference," said President Lil O'Neill. "Those who registered already will receive refunds."
Members who have already booked rooms can cancel their reservations with no penalty. They will need to call the hotel at 308-237-5971 or toll-free at 855-444-5769 option “0” to cancel.
Annie Kobold is the winner of the $100.00 Amazon gift card for the Join in January event, according to Lil O'Neill, NSRC President.
"We currently have 363 active members," ONeill said. "We continue to encourage respir ...
The NSRC wants to encourage respiratory therapists from across Nebraska to get involved and join the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). What does the AARC membership do for you? It will help you become a better respiratory therapist, says Lil O'Neill, NSRC president.
Respiratory therapists who join as a new member in January will be entered into the drawing for a $100.00 Amazon gift card. The NSRC's goal is to increase membership by 10 percent, O'Neill said.