Latest news

2014 Photo Contest: See the top 5

The 2014 NSRC State Conference marked the first photo contest for the NSRC. Photos were submitted to NSRC board members for review, and conference participants voted for their favorites.

The top five photos are shown below.

What respiratory therapists do
Read More

2015 photo contest: Changing landscape of the future

NSRC 2015 photo contestThe theme for the NSRC’s 2015 photo contest is “Changing the Landscape of the Future.” Deadline for entries is April 20.

Members are invited to share their photos showing respiratory care and/or patients depicting the following themes:

  • Compassionate care.
  • Innovation.
  • Independence.
  • Technology.

Those who submit photos must be registered to attend at least one day of the State Conference, scheduled for May 13-14 in Lincoln.

Photographers must submit an entry form and signed consent form (PDF). Photos must be submitted in high-resolution jpeg format. Participants also must follow photo guidelines for their work facility.

All entries should be sent to Nan Nathenseon at by 5 p.m. April 20.

Final voting will take place at the NSRC State Conference. Grand prize is a 10-pack of tickets to the 2015 College World Series. Second prize is a $50 gift certificate to Lowe’s.

Photos by the winner and honorable mentions will be displayed at the state conference and on the NSRC website.

NSRC 2015 photo contest
Read More

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.

Read More

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.




Read More

Photos from 2014 state conference

Photos from the 2014 NSRC state conference:

Read More