New respiratory care club catches air

A new club for respiratory care students started this spring at Carlow University, where the respiratory care department is experiencing a season of firsts. The first class of undergraduates in the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC) began in the fall, and Carlow recently launched a new online completion program.

The new club will help to raise awareness of the profession, which assists patients with problems of the heart, lung and pulmonary system, and it will instill a sense of community for the students. 

Thirteen BSRC students came together to start the club. They elected the following students to serve as officers: Elizabeth Stadelman as president, Brooke Mendicino as vice president, and Morgan Lipinski as treasurer.

Program Chair Michael Mehall MEd, BSRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT, sees the club enhancing the profession while facilitating events for students. The club's activities may include various opportunities for students, such as teaching inner school children about asthma and smoking cessation, participating in respiratory care conferences, and raising money for related causes, such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and American Heart Association.

“Judging by the significant student energy related to the club, I fully expect the initiation of many fun and educational activities within our community. We are excited at the development of the club and look forward to inclusion of the Carlow community in events in the near future.” Mehall says.

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