2011 Respiratory Therapist SLO-student

2011 Respiratory Therapist SLO-student







Western Student Learning Results (Program Outcomes) for 2011
# of Grads: 14

Source: Student

# of Responses: 14

Program: Respiratory Therapist
Outcome
What did you like about this program?

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This program built our foundation and since our instructors have
ensured that the foundation will not be broken down. This program
has made me ready for the work place and has built me as a
professional but as a person as well.
I liked everything about this program from classroom work to clinical
experience.
I like the classroom program and its organization but feel it would be
usefull to have the clinicals organized to have a specific
teacher/preceptor as the preceptors varied greatly in their abilities and
willingness to assist students
The hands on trainning
Our instructors had very updated information on current therapies in
use and different ways to alter them to our patients' needs. The
information we learned in each course/class tied into the information
in our other classes and was very consistent.
The clinical experience was invaluable, and very enjoyable. I liked the
hands on experiences we had in lab as well.
I liked the way that the classroom and clinical is divided into 4 week
sections. It was a great way for me to learn new concepts, then take
whose new concepts out into the clinical setting. I thought that overall
both Susan and Lynn did a wonderful job.
the transition from school to clinical sites
I liked how classes were set up because it allowed variety to the day.
I liked the reviews before tests because it help focus on the most
important material.
I loved the way it was set up. Having the block schedule of 4 weeks of
class and 4 weeks of clinical was really important. Just learning for 4
weeks then going out to the clinical site and applying it was so helpful.
By clinical practice 4 you really start to feel like you know what your
doing, that is a HUGE confidence booster.
It was challenging material that was presented in a fun and
constructive enviroment.
I feel that the RT program has prepared me well for my future career
overall. I feel confident that I have learned the basics and have had
time to practice them in the clinical setting, with the exception of
peds/neo experience. If I were to add anything at this point, it would
be more simulation regarding birthing complications and even a
simulation of suctioning an ETT in a neonate. I feel that I'm weak on
this and will have a learning curve in the future.
I enjoyed the hands on experiences as well as the clinicals.
The rotation between class and clinical was an efficient way to
combine both aspects of learning. The one month on, one month off
from class was a nice break, and being able to practice the skills
learned after each four week block was an effective way of learning.

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Outcome
What would you change about this program?

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Use effective communication skills.

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Nothing
Maybe would do the orals more on a 70% pass fail with more of a
learning structure vs a set number inncorrect. not as much grade
involved with them
HOW THEY KEEP TRACK OF ATTENDANCE AT CLINICALS SOME
STUDENTS MISSED A LOT MORE THAN THE TEACHERS KNOW
I was very dissapointed how little attendance was taken into
consideration. Towards the beginning of the program I was under the
impression that being present was very important and we were not to
miss either clinical or class without a very good excuse, or unless we
had an illness. However, some students were absent over and over
and no disiplinary actions were ever brought against them.
I would like to have learned more about bipap and cpap as well as
more time spent on ventilators.
more neo-peds simulation, even just one more day or two hours more.
Would make sure that chest xray interpertation was given more time.
For lab only having one instructor there for thirteen students was
sometimes challenging.
Keep better track of clinical attendance
If some of the "learn it yourself" was taken out to accomidate our lack
of time that would have been helpful.
I think the program is ran very effectively. From the standpoint of
looking at the general program, I wouldn't change anything.
I wish there would have been some sort of educator at the clinical
sites more often. Also having more organization when it came to the
labs would have helped.
I would spend less time on EKG learning and more time on
hemodynamics. It would also be benefitial to my learning style to be
taught a concept/therapy and then allowed to go practice it instead of
being told to go handle/experiment with a therapy and/or equipment
and then being taught the ins/outs of the equipment.
I felt at times we had too much material for a given section, I don't like
to cram. Overall, the material was covered extensively and in great
detail. There were just a couple of units that I felt were rushed.
I would require a neo/peds text book for the neo/peds class. I would
also NOT have the mock CRT and RRT be part of the class grade for
classes that have nothing to do with those overall exams. It was very
upsetting to "pass" those exams, plus get all A's in the actual courses
that the exams were added into, only to find you get an overall B in
the course due to that "passed" exam.

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Western Wisconsin Technical College

Communication was an important part of this program, communicating
with each other, our precepters, professors, and patients was a part of
our every-day learning. I think these goals were achieved.
This program not only built our communication skills but made us get
use to using them on a daily basis. Whether it is in writing or in person
they have prepared us for it all.
Sometimes I felt that there was conflicting views between instructors. I
think that that would have been prevented if they had been working
together longer. They just needed to communicate with eachother
what they excpected out of us, before telling us.

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Apply mathematical concepts.

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I think that I've become better at communicating especially in regards
to medical terms and knowledge -- written and spoken, but also
especially I've become a better listener during my time here, which is
of the utmost importance in the clinical setting..
I think that my biggest area of personal growth is in learning how to
effectively communicate! Lynn has worked very hard at helping me
better these skills and become a better communicator and I am very
grateful for the time that she invested at helping me in this area and
the time that she took to listen to me!
The time spent on communicating with each other, our co workers,
and our patients was time very well spent. Our instructors always
gave us good advice on how to handle tough situations and advice on
how to alter our verbage so that not only medical personel would
understand but so that our patients would be able to understand.
Excellent
Insrtuctors were very good about responding to questions, emails etc.
Kept us informed about how we were progressing.
I think that it was clearly communicated what was expected of us as
students. Overall, clear outcomes were always presented.
Yes, I have. Through various presentations and group work this skill
was achieved.
I think having to interact with physicians and a wide range of
therapists gave me more confidence in my skills which helped me with
my communication skills.

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Western Wisconsin Technical College

Success in this program is contingent on being able to apply
mathmatical concepts. I don't believe any student is able to complete
this program without achiveling this specific outcome.
I feel more confident in my math skills than when I started the program.
excellent in their presentation
The math was taught so well in this program. I came into it with weak
math skills and now I have the confidence to take on any math
situation.
I feel very prepared for applying mathmatical concepts. All math
related things were taught in a very constructive manner.
Gave plenty of opportunity to connect math with clinical application
The mathematical concepts were always reinforced and we practiced
them on a constant basis. The practice we were given allowed us to
become fluent with the skills as well as recognize areas we needed
help with. The instructors were always willing to help reinforce that
learning and give more practice if needed.
Mathematical concepts are the core abilities of this program.
This was one area that I knew would be a strength for me and
continues to be a part of the program that I enjoyed the most. I
graduate with a wealth on knowlege in this area.
I liked being provided with alot of practice material when it comes to
math and that was given to me. I feel confident in my math concept
skills.
This program really expanded my math skills. Math was a very key
concept for many of the homework asssingments and tests, so I thik
this goal was achieved.

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Transfer social and natural science theories
into practical applications.

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I have a better understanding of how things work and why they work.
I don't understand what this question means. An example would be
useful here.
I think this was a concept very well emphasized. Understanding why
we need to learn something utilizing practical application was
common in our coursework.
yes, I believe this program has successfully given me the skills to
trasnfer science theories into practical applications.
practical info presented and applied
The clinical setting helped me put what I learned in the class room
into real practice. Also having the two hospitals allowed me to realize
that there is no right or wrong way to perform certain skills.
yes, I think that we've been prepared for this quite well, what with
physiology as well as societal/ethnic educational opportunities.
Through lab and clinical practice it has been a smooth transfer of the
things taught in class, such as physiology, to real patients.
Very well done
Our instructors did a great job of helping us transfer theories into
practical application, by giving great examples and visuals.
When all the scientific theories in class was overwhelming, but getting
to apply those theories in the clinical setting was rewarding because
you can see the outcome and have those uh huh moments.
The natural science theories continues to be a struggle. I am hoping
that those physiology concepts will continue to grow as I work in the
field.

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I think that the program did a good job of combining math skills with
practical application. Getting to see the importance of the math
immediately helps with retention.
yes, the instructors have taken a great deal of time and effort to make
sure everyone in the class has become competent with his/her
mathematical calculations and they have made sure that we
understand what the numbers actually mean.

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Demonstrate ability to think critically.

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Our exams really geared us towards critical thinking. You could not
just memorize material and do well. You had to consistently be
applying concepts to patient scenarios. Also, many questions
required you to draw connections between several units.
Excellent
I think this program has prepared me well to deal with critical
situations.
Critical thinking is something that was expected from the first day of
this program.
tests were demanding along with CRT tests but usefull in this nature
yes, definitely. They lead by example in this, and are always asking,
"Why is this...or what would happen if this occured....."

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Demonstrate ability to value self and work
ethically with others in a diverse population.

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By the end of the program I feel that I am starting to have the ability to
think critically and with some job experience I am sure the rest will
come quickly.
I think that I have grown in this area through out the program.
Our program challenged us at every moment to use our critical
thinking skills and to keep fine tuning those skills. This portion of the
program was absolutely phenomenal.
I feel confident that if I were to be put into a critical situation that I
would be able to perform to the best of my ability.
This program definately required critical thinking in order to be
successful. Both for the school/education part and for the clinical
application. I think I possessed this skill prior to beginning this
program. However, the knowledge I came into the program with was
expaned upon and put into use on a regular basis.
I feel I have because I can look at patient situations and come to the
same conclusions/treatments as clinical preceptors.
Through many mock simulations, my critical thinking skills have
improved tremendously. I have been given different methods to work
through a concept or issue (brainstorming, mind or concept maps)
that I hadn't been familiar with previously.

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Western Wisconsin Technical College

This program did a fantastic job of introducing diversity. From doing
projects when we first began to get a better understanding of others in
the community and world to helping us handle situations in clinical
practice it was all incredibly beneficial.
In both the classroom and clinical I was faced with a wide range of
individuals, which made me focus a persons ability and qualities
rather than physical or religious attributes.
I have learned that everyone needs to be given the same care no
matter if you like or dislike them. You are there to treat the patient
and to treat patients and coworkers with respect.
I learned more about myself as a professional than I expected
We had a very diverse age group in our class. I learned a lot from
everyone in this program and it is something I will keep with me
forever.
We had several class discussions about how educating ourselves
about diversity is essential to being successful Respiratory Therapists.
Utilizing research projects to investigate the different cultural
approaches to healing. Also, being aware of patient respect and
rights was highly emphasized.
Individual presentations on this subject were assinged and completed,
as well as, continued discussion of diversity and the importance of it.
Our projects we were assigned regarding diversity were very fun and
interesting and gave me new respect towards diverse populations. I
especially enjoyed the project regarding different cultures and
healthcare.
It seems like valuing self is the most difficult of these goals. However,
I do think that all of these objective have been achieved.

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Use technology effectively.

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Wow, again, this is another area of this program that has far
surpassed my expectations. I never knew that I would learn so much
about myself. Again, Lynn's working with me on effective
communication has greatly improved my skills of working with
individuals that may approach things differently than I, but share a
common goal of good patient care.
Learned a lot about different cultures and populations that I did not
understand before
This field is absolutely diversed and that's the most interesting thing
because we live in diversed communities so knowing to interact with
people of different backgrounds is an important asset in this field and
feel like I am in the right place.
I think that especially at the beginning of clinical rotations, it was
valuable that we discussed cultural "norms" and how they vary, ethical
considerations, and have encouraged us to extend our knowledge
base w.r.t. all cultures. Also, the importance of pt. confidentiality was
discussed at length, and I think that all of my classmates have
displayed good conduct at clinicals.
presented well

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Western Wisconsin Technical College

I believe that this program gave us ample opportunity to see
ventilators, PFT equipment, oxygen devices, simulations, etc. Lab
time was always useful to me in evaluating my understading of
classroom concepts.
The use of blackboard helped my learnging and it was nice to have a
place where all the information for the classes where located.
The use of technology is so very important in the program. There is
daily use of computers, ventilators, and other technology that this
program had given a good foundation for learning. Yes, I think this
student learning outcome has been achieved.
Technology is an important learning tool. I feel that the use of
technololy has been appropriate and helpful throughout the program.
maybe could have more info on the role of Bipap and the new modes
Yes. We have had the latest ventilators brought in and they prepared
us well for what we would see in clinicals. I liked that we had to do
EMR check-offs and training. People who didn't know how to use .ppt
can now create presentations. Blackboard was used and helped
organize the courses..fantastic!
As a person who is not very technology savvy this program helped me
tremendously to become comfortable with technology. It also gave me
a good base to be able to keep up with new and evolving technology.
With the ever changing medical technology I feel we have a good
base to work off and will be able to adapt to the future changes.
Yes are equipment was up to date
It is amazing to thing of just how much equipment we have learned to
run in the course of this program. As a person who is not
technologically inclined, I am very proud of all the things I now know
how to run thanks to this program.
Sometimes, it was hard to get hands on time during class with
equipment but we were always given the option to come in on our own
time and work with the equipment.

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Make decisions that incorporate the
importance of sustainability

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Since we sat through many days of our classroom temperature being
61F, I'd say we learned about sustainability a litte better than probably
most on campus. On the lighter side, yes, we were encouraged to
think of our impact on the earth, to reduce paper use and to recycle
more.
My ablity for decision making has increased dramatically. When I
leave here I know that I will be making the right decisions for my
patients, because I know my material and can apply it to the clinical
setting, thanks to this program.
This is a hospital based program. Hospitals are extremely wasteful
and detrimental to the environment. However, I consider sustainability
to be one of the most important things to live one's life by. I don't know
if this program specifically incorporated much education on
sustainability. However, our professors specifically seem to have at
least a general understanding of it,and care for the environment.
Continued background of sustainability was provided as well as an
open door policy on suggestions on how to be more sustainable.
Continuing education after graduation has always been emphasized
in this program. It has been made abundantly clear that this field is
ever changing. You need to continually be learning new technologies
and treatments.
Yes this program is a decision based program in my eyes.
pointed out the need for future growth in the field
no comment
We have been taught just how fast this career field changes and how
important it will be to continue our eduacation far past the end of this
program, by utilizing continuing education credit opportunities.

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Technology was used daily with the use of clinical simulations and
online blackboard accessability.
More up-to-date equipment can always be used but very well done

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Apply advanced-level respiratory therapy
concepts to patient care situations

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Being in areas in the hospitals such as ICU helped me see that the
information given to us in the classroom is put to use in critical
situation everyday. I felt like I was able to remain on the same level
as therapist in the hospital most of the time.
Our clinical rotations really helped with this area. It's hard to teach
some types of situations in the classroom. When you work in a actual
patient situation you are exposed to many issues happening all at
once within the same patient. Getting training/feedback from our
preceptors helps us look at the whole picture and use our critical
thinking to problem solve and prioritize concepts to help our patient
recover from their illness/exacerbation.
I feel that I was given a strong basis to be able to do this. I am sure
that this is an area that will grow as I gain experience in the field.
Advanced concepts were continuously provided. The basics were
first taught and then advaced training in new ventilator modes and
practices were provided.

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Demonstrate technical proficiency required to
fulfill the role of an advanced-level Respiratory
Therapist

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clinicals were involved with Dr.s and pt care useful towards those
goals
Applying advanded level respiratoryr therapy concepts to patient care
situations is what the entire program in based off of. Although I have a
lot to learn, I feel confident that this program has given a very sound
foundation in order to start from, it is one of the best!
Yes, and the case studies were great learning tools. I find myself still
poring over charts, trying to do case studies even when they're not
assigned.
We had a myriad of opportunities to see advanced level patient care
situations. In the classroom many of our exams incorporated
questions that molded us into critical thinkers. In clinical we had many
hours in the ICU, CCU, and TEC. This gave us that hands on
experience to see how to think under pressure in high level patients.
With all of the practice that we receive through lab and clinical there is
no doubt that each and every one of us is able to apply advancedlevel concepts to patient care situations.

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Practice respiratory care according to
established professional and ethical standards

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done as well as expected for a student level
Yes, the clinical skill check-off sets were good indicators and goalsetting for us. I think that when there are blank check-offs, though,
that it discourages preceptors from wanting to do them. So I would
encourage the blank forms to get filled in with some steps.
I feel that I am just starting to fulfill the role of an advanced-level
therapist. With experience I have full confidence thanks to this
program that I am going to be an advance level therapist soon.
This is somthing I still have a lot to learn about as well. However, this
program gives a good start for technical skills.
I think that we were given the knowledge and tools to become
excellent respiratory therapists. We were taught the equipment
necessary to treat an advanced level patient. Along with equipment,
patient assessment was emphasized. Being able to anticipate your
patients needs, and see warning signs is something that we have
been drilled with.
Again, following preceptors on the clinical level shows different ways
of being proficient and demonstrates that sometimes, there is more
than one way to achieve quality patient care.
I think that I am leaving the program very strong in this area.
Technical proficiency was always expected. This was demostrated
though competency skill check-off's for students before allowance to
futher practice skills in hospitals or clinicals.
Given good exposure to therapies used here and other places.
This program has built me into a Respiratory Therapist and has given
me the tools to be and advanced-level Respiratory Therapist.

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The resources we were given such as excerpts from journals and
books were very interesting to read and were excellent examples of
how we are legally and professionally required to practice. They also
showed me how to be sympathetic and empathetic to my patients
needs.
Patients rights have been a huge cornerstone to the program.
Understanding our roles as health care professionals with regards to
our patients was always without question. Confidentiality,
compassion, competence, and many more points of care have been
of priority throughout the program.
I believe I leave the program very strong in this area.
Nice job on this.
The check offs that we do in lab and clinical are extremely helpful. The
oral exams also keep these ethical standards and professional
standards with us as well.
A sound knowledge was provided and established for professional
and ethical standards from the first day of the program. We were
always expected to maintain professionalism in the classroom as well
as at clinical sites.
Following healthcare guidelines is very imporatant.
Being able to work at Gundersen and Franscian really helped out
very proffesionally done
Yes. This has been achieved.

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