- You can become a RN in either 2 or 4 years of college. Wow you there are 2 and 4 years school's for RT also, along with the 8 month route with a commitment to the Military.
- RT's specialize, RN's don't but they can specialize.
- RT's know a lot about the Respiratory system, RN's know a little about a lot of different systems.
- RN's have a bunch of patients on a floor, RT's have a bunch of patients on a lot of floors. So we walk further.
- RN's make more money, that's a given but we seem to be creeping up.
- RN's do have more opportunities of different places to work like hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, jail's, factories, home health, and of course as a school nurse. RT, well not so many. Mainly just hospitals and home health.
- Everyone knows what a RN is, but not everyone knows what a RT is, we are small stealth unit like special forces.
- RN's are stuck on a floor so a lot of times they don't really know many people in the rest of the hospital. RT's get all over the place, so we know people all over the hospital.
- RN's get a big todo for nurses week. RT's have to do something to get RT week known.
- RN's are the one's who call RT when the patient is going downhill fast.
- RTs get to shove RNs out of the way to get to the head of the bed during a code. (Thanks Freadom of the RT Cave)
- RT's don't have to talk to the family (Thanks Freadom of the RT Cave)
- When a codes over RT can split, while the RN has to clean up. (Thanks Freadom of the RT Cave)
- RTs have to pay more than twice as much for their license, at least in Michigan, (Thanks Freadom of the RT Cave) and in Illinois and Wisconsin which is cheaper than Illinois.
Ok this is mainly just for fun and that's just a short list off the top of my head. Overall nurses work hard and so do RT's, just in different ways and of course both are needed to make the hospital run smoothly. My wife is a ER nurse and I have utmost respect for her as a ER nurse because I know the crap they deal with and the disturbing things they see. All in all it takes a certain type of person to be either a RT or a RN, but RT's don't let those "high on their horse" RN's talk down to you like we are a hired hand and they are the ones in charge. Sorry a little rant there, could be from running into a certain type of RN, or not.
Drive on RT's and Happy Respiratory Therapy Week.