Why: We believe to empower students looking for their passion with the skills, knowledge, and develop them into great Respiratory Therapists.

How: We will create motivational and engaging learning environments in clinical and on campus classes.

What: To develop an e-portfolio that showcases a reflection of the skills that they have developed throughout the program to become Respiratory Therapists.

When I attended respiratory school I would go on from semester to semester forgetting little things that I would remember. Each semester, the things you learn builds on top of each other. Therefore, those key little things become very important. I would have to reflect back on my handwritten notes to remember and review the information. If respiratory students had the chance to use an ongoing system that could keep up with their presentations, notes, journals, blogs, and lectures I believe it would help with their learning. Our program would see better outcomes from the students and in turn better Respiratory Therapists.

I remember, starting my first job after graduating respiratory school and training with the other therapist I was amazed at all the skills I either forgot or the details that I missed.  I was really good at trying to jot everything down when my instructors brought up interesting details, new equipment, or easier ways of getting things done. Although, if I had an e-portfolio to take pictures, jot my ideas down, and blog about how my day in clinical went I could had reflected back once I began my career. I would have been able to use this information from semester to semester. Throughout, the years things change our memories fade, it is good to have a reflection piece to use.

Heart of Change:

How do we really affect someone, is it by their mind or heart? Why do we all feel that the mind controls everything? Commercials tend to use the mind for children by focusing on the best and newest toy, they affect the mind. But, how do we really affect someone, we have to affect them emotionally?

When, I think of my why I think of my patients first. First, because I want the best for my patients, my parents, my children, my sister, her kids, my friends, and the world. I want to develop, train, and mentor the best respiratory therapist that possibly can be. I want to make a change. That is my why.  Emotionally, you cannot be in the health field and not let it affect you at some point. Someone’s husband, wife, mom, dad, child, brother, sister, and friend you have either help save or could not help save.

Therefore, I have to to relate to my students not only mentally but emotionally. Being in health careers it is very important to emotionally to connect with our students. Without, the emotional connection they fail to understand why we are learning.  When, I bring up stories from personal reflection at the hospital or family they tend to emotionally connect with me. Therefore, the first question I ask them when they say I am interested in the respiratory care program is “Why do you want to become a Respiratory Therapist?” I need to know why, then I emotional connect with them. When you are more emotionally invested in something you will tend to work harder for it. Therefore, when a students why is because of a loved one they have seen suffer due to a bad respiratory disorder they seem connect faster.

Sense of Urgency:

What is change if you do not have a sense of urgency? Will anyone even care about your plan if you don’t feel like there really is a need for it? If you aren’t excited for feel like there is a need for it, is there really any point in making a plan for it?

No one, is going to make your plan a priority if you don’t make your plan the number one priority. I know this from experience. Starting last year our health careers school implemented an annual interdisciplinary disaster mass causality simulation. This year no one has made it a priority or made it feel like it was of high priority. Everyone is walking around campus like if we get it done we get it done. I am not the one that is leading the organization of this simulation. I only have 23 students involved versus some who have 200. The simulation is less than three weeks away and the sense of urgency does not feel like it is there for the disaster to be performed.

I need to establish a sense of urgency when it comes to my innovation plan. I realized that after reviewing the material and talking with Dr. Thibodeaux this week. When creating my plan to implement E-portfolios I knew their was a need and I know their is a need for urgency. Therefore, the longer I wait to implement something the less effect our plan has. It tends to fizzle out and eventually goes away. The time is now!


Kotter, J. (2011, March, 23). The heart of change. . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NKti9MyAAw

Kotter, J. (2013, August, 15). Leading change: Establish a sense of urgency. . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yfrj2Y9IlI

Sinek, Simon. (2013, September 29). Start with why. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/sioZd3AxmnE

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