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Nominations due April 18 for RTs of the year

The NSRC is seeking nominations for the regional respiratory therapists of the year.

The NSRC is comprised of three regions where respiratory care is provided: Omaha, Lincoln, and outstate Nebraska. We are seeking to find outstanding therapists in all three of these regions for the 2015 Therapist of the Year.

All nominees will be recognized and results reported at the state convention. Each NSRC member will have the opportunity to vote for all three candidates in your region and the rest of the state.

Click on the link below to nominate a remarkable respiratory therapist.

1) To submit a candidate, they MUST work in Nebraska and be an active member of the AARC.

2) You must write a short essay using the following criteria:

  1. Patient/customer focus.
  2. Professionalism.
  3. Teamwork.
  4. Quality and innovation.
  5. Other characteristics that demonstrates therapist of the year.

2) Please inform them that they have been nominated and that they will be contacted by the NSRC.

3) Recognition and the award ceremony will be held at the NSRC State Conference.

Deadline for nominations is April 18.  If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Christie Lebsack or Jenny Bush.

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Golf tournament to tee off state conference

Events for the 2015 NSRC state conference will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13 with a golf tournament at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln. Cost is $65 per player.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The fee includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch delivered to golfers on the course, prizes and special challenges.

To help us properly plan for this event, please pre-register by contacting Jeff Gonzalez at or calling (402)328-3600. Payment will be required by May 4, 2015.

Download the tournament flyer (PDF) for complete details.


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Electronic stethoscope helps NMC ebola caregivers

An electronic stethoscope didn’t get a very warm reception from the medical community at first. But then physicians and other caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center who were treating Ebola patients discovered it was the only stethoscope they could use under the difficult conditions.

Clive Smith is founder and CEO of Thinklabs, a company specializing in the development and manufacturing of electronic stethoscopes for clinical, mobile, telemedicine and special applications. He describes the change:

“I received a call from Nebraska Medical Center in October 2014. Their Biocontainment Unit, which was treating an Ebola patient, discovered that the One, with its earbud headphone design, was the only stethoscope that could be used safely under Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worn by clinicians. Stethoscope tubing could not be placed under PPE, but earbuds could. Everything in the room becomes contaminated, so disposable earbuds were used and each time a clinician entered the room, new earbuds were simply plugged into the stethoscope. Amplification and filtering made it possible to hear clearly despite noise in the isolation room. The One is now becoming standard in isolation rooms.”

Click here to read more about the development of this electronic microscope.

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Vendor registration for state conference now online

Vendors can now register online to reserve booth and table space in the exhibit hall for the 2015 NSRC State Conference:

The conference will be in the Lincoln Haymarket at the Holiday Inn. Vendors will attend on May 13-14.  A manager meet and greet exclusively with vendors will be held on May 13 in the late afternoon. Vendors will be able to meet with attendees on May 14 during meals and breaks.

A discount is available for returning silver vendors.

For attendees, this year’s conference is expected to provide 12-14 CEUs for Respiratory Therapists on a wide variety of topics within the profession.  Online registration will be available soon.


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Submit information for Summit Award by March 20

NSRC members are being asked to submit information about their activities for the AARC’s 2015 Summit Award.

Information about continuing education credits, public awareness activities, legislative contacts is compiled and submitted by state chapters for AARC review, according to Jenny Bush, chair of the Summit Award Committee.

Members can now use an interactive PDF form to submit the information. Please save the form to your computer, the fill it out. Click the Submit button at the end of the form to email it to Jenny.

Deadline for submitting information to the NSRC is 5 p.m. March 20.

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