“I would like to see your average therapist be asked to come to D.C. and experience the legislative process and see what really happens behind the scenes so that they could share their experience with other therapists and hopefully more people can get involved in the process. Many therapists feel only the NJSRC hierarchy members are allowed to attend meetings in D.C and many feel neglected they can’t be part of the team.”
Response by Bob Guardabasco, President Elect
First let me thank you for your comment. Every year the board is asked for volunteers to spend three days in Washington D.C. Although we would like to have a member from each of the 13 congressional districts, unfortunately, there are financial restraints to the number of attendees. Over the past three meetings, we’ve had at least 3 first-time therapists in Washington. The commitment begins in January with calls to congressional offices and to set up meetings in Washington.
There are a number of ways therapists can contribute and be part of the team. Become a member of the Government Affairs Committee, and if you are interested in attending a future “Hill Day” and are willing to make the commitment, please contact us. If you are unable to make the time commitment, help us by setting up meetings with your representative or write letters your legislators requesting their support for the respiratory care profession.