RTs Role in Ensuring Public Trust in Healthcare

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, former registered nurse, is back in the news again this week with the opening of the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry. Ms. Wettlaufer – in case you have forgotten – pled guilty to eight counts of 1st degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault back in June […]

What will “competence” mean in 2030?

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to an excellent presentation given by Dr. Brian Hodges from the University Health Network.  His talk provided a thought provoking exploration into the types of competencies health care practitioners will need in the not so distant future – and these competencies are quite different […]

Prove it!

It seems that facts are having a tough time of it lately. For the first time, we are hearing phrases like “fake news” and “alternative facts”. Lies repeated frequently enough (or loudly enough) are often taken to be the truth – especially if these fabrications come from celebrities (I mean, how else can Gwyneth Paltrow […]

The RT Impact on Fatal Medical Errors

At the most recent CSRT conference, I attended a talk by Brian Walsh (President of the American Association of Respiratory Care) entitled “The Professional Road Ahead”.  The purpose of Brian’s presentation was to look at some of the ways that RTs have the potential to make a significant impact – not just in the lives […]

The Bully in the Healthcare Playground

Sexual harassment in the workplace has received significant attention over the past number of years and rightfully so.  Hopefully we all know that sexual harassment in any form, and in any setting, is completely unacceptable.  However, a 2014 study into workplace conduct found that there was a form of negative behaviour occurring much more commonly […]

Self-regulation isn’t a Spectator Sport

I have been hearing about large groups of people in the U.S. protesting the outcome of the recent presidential election.  My first thought is “good for them” and my second thought is “I really hope they voted”.  In the run up to the U.S. election, it was estimated that between 80 and 100 million voting-age […]