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Drive4COPD offers simple screening tool

The NSRC is encouraging its members to support the 2014 Drive4COPD through the AARC website. The process this year has been simplified into a five-question COPD screener. The tool could be used in a booth-type display in a hospital or physician’s office.

“This year the five-question COPD screener is digital, accessible via mobile devices or computers. All answers are submitted online, and the final score is given with the option of viewing, printing, or emailing the result,” said Kathy Geier, instructor of respiratory care at Southeast Community College.

The RT performing the screening must log in to the questionnaire with their AARC member number. The tool is found here: COPD Population Screener

Companies wishing to have access to more COPD resources (free) and/or their own URL for the screening tool may register by going to the link listed above and selecting the “Employer Tools” tab at the top of the page. They will then be asked to complete an electronic form to register.The RT who logs the most screenings under their AARC number in entered to win an iPad mini, Geier said.

If anyone has questions regarding the process or has never held a Drive4COPD screening event and would like suggestions, Geier will be happy to offer guidance. She can be reached at SCC at 402-437-2819.

COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is the only one on the rise. Together we can help drive awareness, and promote our profession.

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Students invited to AARC House of Delegates

The Student Mentor Committee of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is extending an invitation for students to attend the House of Delegates meeting on Dec. 7 and/or Dec 8 in Las Vegas. This meeting is part of the AARC International Congress, which will be held Dec. 9-12 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center.

Other students who have participated in the experience have said:

  • “This experience has been great! I learned so much about what goes on ‘behind the scenes’.  This has sparked an interested in the future for me.”
  • “This was a wonderful experience. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity. It is good to know that voices and concerns are addressed.”
  • “I ABSOLUTELY enjoyed my time here. I learned so much today. One day I would like to become a delegate, so I can make a difference with this profession.”

Students interested in attending can download the invitation letter (PDF) for review. They must complete an application form (PDF) and send or e-mail it to the AARC by Nov. 9.

No financial assistance is available at this time to assist students with the cost of their travel or lodging.

AARC members are encouraged to share the letter and application with any Respiratory Care students who might be interested in this unique experience.




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Photos from 2014 state conference

Photos from the 2014 NSRC state conference:

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Save the date for NSRC conference 2015

NSRC State Conference 2015 in the Haymarket District, LincolnMark your calendars and save the date for the 2015 NSRC State Conference. It will be held May 13-14, 2015 at the Holiday Inn in Lincoln, in the historic Haymarket District.

Vendors interested in having a both in the vendors hall can contact Michelle Wickstron at miknwik (at), or Lisa Fuchs at lisa.fuchs (at) You also can call Lisa at 402.960.2903.

NSRC State Conference 2015 save the date
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NSRC welcomes new members

The NSRC would like to welcome several new members.

Omaha members are Sara Bobo, Claudia Cervantes, Hana Christenson, Megan Griencewic, Cynthia Martin, Kelsey Naegele, Lynette Nikiema, Sean Reynolds, Blake Wegener, Marvin Whitehorn and Dena Wilwerding.

Other members are Danielle Jeffrey, Nebraska City; Katherine Kring, Ralston; Meagan Palensky, Kearney; and Laura Robbins, Bertrand.

Do you have a friend or colleague who would benefit from NSRC membership? Spread the word! Those who join the NSRC also receive a membership in the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

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