Tarrant County College Spring Scholarship
Submitted by Don Holt MA, RRT
On March 9th of this year a Respiratory Therapy scholarship that has been bestowed thirty-three years in a row was awarded to a Respiratory Therapy student enrolled at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas.
The scholarship presented was the Thirty-third Annual Cristine Bernardez-Oakes Memorial Scholarship and is the oldest and most esteemed respiratory award at TCC. The scholarship is sponsored by Mr. Genevevo Bernardez, Mirian Farrar, Dr. and Mrs. R. Daniell and Mr. Sunio. Ms. Farrar was in attendance to present, in memory of her sister Cristine Bernardez-Oakes, TCC’s “Top Gun Respiratory Award” to second year student Nick Singh.
Tarrant County College and the faculty are very appreciative of the continued support of the scholarship donors and send our congratulations to Nick.
Pictured Left to Right
(Mirian Bernardez Farrar, Nick Singh, Robin White, John Hiser)
Phyllis Brunner of Tyler Junior College sent this in:
"Just reporting a succesful 18th Annual REspiratory Alumni and Friends Symposium. We had an attendance of 120! 107 therapists, 11 students, 1 doctor and 1 Sponosor/Vendor.
We were honored to have Gaylene Lee-TSRC President-Elect as one of our speakers who shared the new process for obtaining and renewing a Respiratory Care License under the Texas Medical Board. The Program faculty and students presented Ms. Lee with 15 new applications for membership into the TSRC from this years symposium."
On behalf of the TSRC Board of Directors, we thank you for helping promote our profession and our state society to help better the lives of our patients.
We have received the following update from the Texas Medical Board in regards to TEMPORARY LICENSING:
One benefit of being a member of the TSRC is having legislative advocacy on a state and national level to help promote the profession of Respiratory Care. It is that time of year when we ask our members to secure appontments for our Texas Delagates to the AARC PACT Team. Each year, Respiratory Therapists and patients from across the United States converge on Washington D.C. to meet with legislators to promote legislative activities specific to respiratory care. This year's Capital Hill Lobby Day is April 12, 2016.
We are asking you, as a member of the TSRC, to contact your 2 US Senators and House Representative to schedule an appointment for our delegates to meet with their office staff responsible for Medicare issues. This year, our delegates will be discussing HR 2948 - The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act. Most legislative offices what these appointments made by a member of their district.
Here is the steps to determine who your Senators and Representative are:
Click ths link: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/zip.aspx
Enter your Zip Code
Links to the respective legislators webpages will be available to click on. You can call the office directly or send the office an email. If you choose to send and email, here is a form letter you can use to convey the content and purpose of the appointment.
We have received updated important information from the Texas Medical Board. All original December, January and February RCP License renewals will be extended to March 31. TMB will be updating their website to reflect this extension to show your employers HR department.
Additionally, Temporary RCP Licenses will not be extended. If you have an RCP working in your entity under a temporary license, the expiration date listed on the temporary license is the expiration date. These were not extended with the previous or this extension. If you have an RCP working under a temporary licenses and that licese has expired, you are not to continue working them from this point forward. It has been explained to the TMB of the miscommunication/misunderstanding and those individuals will not be penalized, nor will the entities, but they are not allowed to practice as an RCP until they obtain a permanent RCP License.
We have received several phone calls about license verification through the Texas Medical Board.
CLICK HERE to be taken to the Texas Medical Board online public license verification search tool.
Type in the last name of the individual you are searching for and click "Search"
Click on the name of the individual to show their license information.
We have been working with the Texas Medical Board to gather the information need for the renewal and new application processes for RCP Licensure. Here are step-by=step process for each.
If you have any questions, please let us know!
Please note, you can not register to renew your licenses with the TMB until the after you have submitted your fingerprints AND they have been received by the TMB. You will receive notification of when your fingerprint results have been received. At that time, you can then register to renew your license. If you try to register before your fingerprint results have been received by the TMB, you will receive an error message. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER for a new license if you already hold a RCP license.
The election has ended, the ballots have been counted. We would like to announce the newly elected TSRC Board of Directors
President-Elect - Mary Hart
Vice President - Richard Hernandez
Secretary - Tammy Kurszewski
Treasurer - Dan Perrine
North Region President Elect - Steve Acton
Northwest Region President-Elect - Michael Wayne Morris
South Region President-Elect- Marby McKinney
Southwest Region President-Elect- Evangeline De Luna
NEW UPDATE - 11/23/15 - from the Texas Medical Board Website
With the passage of SB 202, the Texas Respiratory Care Practitioner Licensing agency moved from DSHS to the Texas Medical Board. We have received the following information:
As of October 7, 2015 the Texas Medical Board (TMB) is accepting NEW applications for Respiratory Care Practitioners. We urge you to review all the steps to applying before you start the process.
If you have a pending new application to DSHS, those applications are in the process of being transferred to TMB.
Any temporary license needing to be upgraded will file for a new license through TMB.
Due to the transition of data from DSHS to the Texas Medical Board, there will be no renewal of licenses processed from Dec. 20, 2015 through Jan 4, 2015. Any license expiring on Dec. 31, 2015 will be given a until Jan 31, 2016 to complete your registration and renewal with the Texas Medical Board.
At this time, Renewal Applications can not be registered with the Texas Medical Board, only New License Applications (people who have never had a Respiratory Care Practitioner License in Texas or have had one in the past and it has expired).
Criminal History Background checks through the Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are required for all current licensees. The Texas Medical Board will begin the process of fingerprinting existing licensees in early 2016. Notification will be sent out as to when this will begin. At this time, fingerprinting is not required for renewals until you are notified.
With the move to the Texas Medical Board comes a change in when future licenses will expire. Currently through DSHS, your license expires the last day of your birth month. Under the TMB, your license will expire on either May 31st or November 31st. This will be determined at the time you register with TMB. Your initial licensing fee will be prorated based on your new TMB expiration date. Your intial registration and renewal with the Texas Medical Board will still be the month of your current DSHS expiration date. If you recently renewed through DSHS, your registration with the Texas Medical Board will not be until your expiration date in 2017.
Please be proactive in your efforts in this transition period. Keep yourself informed by visiting the Texas Medical Board website regularly. We will update our page as we get the information.