Simeran Boyal is a Respiratory Therapist (RT) at St Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. She is 22 years of age. Simeran is from William's Lake, BC and lives in Surrey, BC.
1. Why did you choose your career as an RT?
I always had an interest in health care. I wanted to find a career where I could help people which would allow me to show compassion. My first interest was to become a pediatric doctor. I have always loved and adored kids. I applied at numerous universities in BC so I could start my Bachelor of Science. The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) in Kelowna accepted me first. Two weeks later, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops accepted me for the RT Program. So, I decided to go for with the RT Program for now. I had no idea what was involved, so needless to say I was terrified. I spoke with a friend who is an RT who had gone to TRU. She told me how great the program and school was and how happy she is to be an RT. I also spoke with the RT at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake for advice. Everyone I met talked to spoke very highly of the program and TRU itself. I really did my research. I graduated in 2017 and am happily employed as an RT at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver.
2. What do you find most rewarding about being an RT?
Working directly with the patients. I enjoy the interaction with people and the knowledge I can pass onto them. I also look forward to the challenges I face in determining each patient's condition. I love being part of the great team here at St. Paul's. Everyone shows so much respect for each position in the department.
3. What are some things a person living with a lung disease can do to keep their lungs healthier?
Physical exercise is key. Deep breathing exercises. Avoid inhalation of any tobacco, cannabis, or vaping products. Take your medications properly. Watch out for occupational hazards and if near wear a mask and proper gear. Stay away from mold and excessive chemicals in your household.
4. What would you like people to know about what RT's do?
We are a huge part of the medical system. We are involved in various acute settings such as ICU and Emergency Departments We give care on wards and assist in end of life care. With nubulizers and intubation we deliver medication to patients who have exacerbation's from asthma and COPD. We are involved with Neonatal care, Bronchoscopies, Tracheostomies, Laryngectomies, Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT), Home Oxygen Programs, BPAPs, CPAPs and any, or all disease processes related to the heart and lungs.
5. How are you involved as an RT in your community?
We promote public awareness at various events throughout Metro Vancouver. Every year in October we have RT Week where we set up tables in our hospital to promote our profession. Back in 2017, I volunteered at the British Columbia Society of RTs Conference with the set up. I was able to stay and listen to the various speakers which led to furthering my education and expanding my knowledge.
6. What does the future hold for Simeran Boyal as an RT?
Well, right now I plan to gain more experience. I want to be engulfed in my profession. Right now, I am in the PFT Department but plan to branch off into acute care. Eventually I would like to become involved in Sleep Clinics. This all weaves into the interactions I so enjoy with the patients. I'm very grateful to everyone who has helped me get to this point in my life. And who knows? Perhaps I'll go back to school and become a doctor some day. So many opportunities!