Honoring The Heroes

Over the last several weeks, Western has been highlighting recent Respiratory Therapist grads on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are just a few of those stories.


“The COVID19 pandemic has created a unique opportunity to highlight the value of respiratory therapists, an oftentimes unrecognized field. I am proud of my colleagues, my fellow RTs nationwide, and the field as a whole, as we prepare to be on the frontlines of this pandemic. As the COVID patient population rises and physicians continue to be spread thin, our healthcare system relies on its respiratory therapists to manage these incredibly complex patients on ventilators, secure airways, administer specialized inhaled gases and medications, place critical lines, and fight this virus head-on. It’s RTs versus COVID-19, and we’ve been trained for this.”

Mai Yia Yang

“One important aspect of my job as a respiratory therapist is ventilator management. During this COVID-19 outbreak, I am taking it “one ventilator at a time”. As you may already know we are short of ventilators across the world. It is crucial we have every single ventilator properly set up and ready for use at all times. I have definitely been applying all the critical skills and knowledge Western has prepared me for and I am doing everything I can to help save lives everyday.”

Talman Wiles

“I’m proud to say I’ve been working at Children’s Hospital Minneapolis since last June. I am a Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Therapist. I currently work straight overnight shifts rotating through all of the ICU’s.”

Wiles recently applied to work in New York City during the pandemic. Earlier this week, Wiles was notified he was approved to work as a Respiratory Therapist in the ICU at Langone Tisch Hospital in Midtown Manhattan.