Critical incidents were collected from respiratory therapy students to determine essential behaviors for respiratory therapists and how and where those behaviors could be learned best in view of new health insurance restrictions and changes in medical practice patterns. Students were asked to select the setting(s) in which those behaviors could be mastered. Of the 145 incidents, 21 required mastery in the clinical setting only, although 84 required a combination of settings, simulation/clinical, laboratory/clinical, or all settings. The incidents were sorted by category and setting as a means of improving respiratory therapy curriculum and to insure that vital clinical experiences are accomplished within the clinical setting thus preparing graduates to be effective practitioners.



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