Respiratory Therapy Programs in Nevada - NV
Respiratory therapy jobs are projected to increase faster than other professions with in the next seven years and the outlook is even better for those with advanced degrees (masters) and clinical experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual average salary for registered respiratory therapists in Nevada in 2008 was $63,880, which is above the national average range of between $51,000 and $61,000 (according to salary.com).
With the increased numbers of cases of the H1N1 flu across the nation, respiratory therapists will be needed to care for these patients. Many of these patients suffering from the “swine” flu need ventilators and may suffer from respiratory distress. Therefore, respiratory therapists are a valuable asset in treating these patients and bettering their outcomes. This occupation will continue to grow with the increased need for trained respiratory care professionals.
Continuing Education and License Renewal Requirements for Respiratory Therapists in Nevada
In order to keep current certification, respiratory therapists must fulfill the requirements of the Continuing Competency Program by the NBRC and pay a $25 renewal fee. In order to fulfill the requirements for the Continuing Competency Program, 30 hours of approved continuing education must be attended or completed through one of the online or campus based Nevada respiratory therapy schools. Other options are to take a certification exam (not yet taken) from the NBRC or retake the exam for the highest certification held. All of these options must be completed within a five year period. If these requirements are not fulfilled, certification will lapse and expire.
Licensure in Nevada is valid for two years. At the end of the practitioners 2 year period of licensure, proof of continuing education is necessary for license renewal. Twenty hours of continuing education are required within the 2 year period. Two of these hours must be concerned with ethics while 60% of the contact hours must be directly related the field of respiratory care. All of these hours must be from approved sources (for a list of approved sources see the board of medical examiners at http://www.medboard.nv.gov/).
Military Opportunities for Respiratory Therapists in Nevada
Need for experienced respiratory therapists isn’t limited to just health care facilities, the military and all its branches are using respiratory therapists to add to their health care team. With opportunities oversees and at bases in the states, this profession is growing. There are four bases in Nevada (navy, marine, and air force) so this just increases the job possibilities in Nevada.Through campus or online programs, aspiring Respiratory Therapists in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Spring Valley Hospital, Sunrise Hospital, Desert Springs Hospital and Northern Nevada Medical Center.