August’s Employee of the Month
The Pittsburgh Career Institute’s Employee of the Month for August was awarded to Jocelyn Richter. Congratulations to Mrs. Richter! PCI thanks you for all of your work and dedication.
Check out what she had to say about her career as a Respiratory Therapist and working at the Pittsburgh Career Institute.
What do you like most about Respiratory Therapy?
I love helping people, whether that be my patients or my students. Breathing is essential to life, therefore ensuring that my patients can do so is vital to them and rewarding to me. Teaching future RT’s is even more important especially during this pandemic and to know that I get to play a small part in shaping their education is rewarding and meaningful to me.
What is your favorite thing about PCI?
Seeing it “click” for my kids when they are in the classroom or clinical and things make sense and you can almost “see” the lightbulb moment— there really are no words to describe it. I also LOVE when my students call me, email or write in their journals how exciting something was that they did or witnessed out clinically. It makes me so proud and I get so excited for them. Every last one of my RTs are like my own children.
What is one thing a student can do to be a successful Respiratory Therapy?
I don’t have just 1 thing… No matter what the situation, being caring and compassionate-remembering that every patient is someone’s somebody and if that was your loved one, how would you want them to be treated? Also being a team player. You won’t get far in this career if you cannot be a team. Being present and showing up, working hard and being dedicated to what you choose as your career-this isn’t just a “job” it’s your career and a very important one at that! I got here through hard work and dedication, always trying to be better each and every day. Whether that be learning from my patients, colleagues or students, you should learn something and be open to that.
Mrs. Richter has been a respiratory therapist for over 20 years and the RT Clinical Coordinator at the Pittsburgh Career Institute for 3 1/2 years.