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Register online for state conference in May

Those who plan to attend the NSRC’s annual state conference may now register online:

http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1226419

The conference is set for May 15-17 at the Ramada Conference Center in Kearney. Entertainment for the event will include a 10-point pitch tournament (draw names for partner) on Wednesday night. These rules will be used for the tournament.

Stan “The One Man Band” will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight on Thursday night.

Room reservations may be made by calling the Ramada at 308-237-3141.

If you don’t want to register online, please download the registration form (PDF), fill it out, and send it to Joe Rush, Vice President.

Please download the agenda (PDF) to review and print the agenda and list of speakers.

For more information, contact Joe Rush or Jeff Gonzalez, NSRC President.

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NSRC team joins PACT 2013

NSRC members Jane Matsui, Nan Nathenson and Linda Nelson joined other members of the American Association for Respiratory Care for PACT 2013 in Washington DC March 1-12.

PACT 2013 with NSRC
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Registration, agenda finalized for NSRC state conference

Participants may now register for the NSRC’s annual state conference, set for May 15-17 at the Ramada Conference Center in Kearney. The list of speakers and the agenda also have been finalized.

Please download the registration form (PDF), fill it out, and send it to Joe Rush, Vice President. Room reservations may be made by calling the Ramada at 308-237-3141.

The agenda and list of speakers have been finalized for the conference. Please download the agenda (PDF) for review and printing.

For more information, contact Joe Rush or Jeff Gonzalez, NSRC President.

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NSRC member co-authors paper

The NSRC would like to formally acknowledge member Kathy Meierink for co-authoring a recent respiratory care paper entitled “Physician-Ordered Aerosol Therapy Versus Respiratory Therapist-Driven Aerosol Protocol: The Effect on Resource Utilization”. The paper was published in a recent issue of Respiratory Care.

Therapists can access this article here: http://rc.rcjournal.com/content/58/3/431.full.pdf+html?sid=6d909441-fd2f-4b49-b399-7a664169dfc4.

Congratulations, Kathy!

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Virtual Lobby Week starts March 1

NSRC PACT members with Sen. Mike Johanns.

NSRC PACT members with Sen. Mike Johanns.

The Nebraska Society for Respiratory Care is joining the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for Virtual Lobby Week March 1-12, 2013.

Members of the NSRC Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) also will be traveling to Washington, DC to meet personally with Nebraska representatives about the act. Last year’s team met with Sen. Mike Johanns, among others.

Both groups are asking members and affiliated respiratory therapy  staff, students, patients, nurses and other personnel to participate in their 2013 letter writing campaign regarding the Respiratory Therapists Access Act of 2013.

More information about the campaign can be found on the AARC’s Virtual Lobby Week website:

http://www.aarc.org/advocacy/lobby_week/.

Templates for letters of support, as well as information about contacting Congressional representatives, can be found on the AARC Advocacy website: http://capwiz.com/aarc/home/

When writing your letters, please include these facts regarding respiratory therapy in Nebraska:

  • There are more than 1,000 licensed respiratory therapists in Nebraska.
  • According to the American Lung Association’s 2012 Estimated Prevalence and Incidence of Lung Disease, 221,965 Nebraskans have been diagnosed with pulmonary disease:
    • 107,100 of Nebraskans are diagnosed with adult asthma.
    • 59,279 are diagnosed with chronic bronchitis.
    • 26, 505 are diagnosed with emphysema.
  • Passage of the Medicare Respiratory Therapy Access Act will give the physician the option to utilize the respiratory therapists’ skill set and increase access to care for a subset of Medicare beneficiaries.  This is especially important given the predictions of physician shortages with the aging of the baby boomers into the Medicare system and the ever-increasing cost of treating chronic diseases.
NSRC PACT members with Sen. Mike Johanns.
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