30th Annual LINC Meeting

Settling into a new normal, the NBRC successfully hosted a virtual version of the 30th Annual Licensure Insight, Networking, and Collaboration (LINC) Meeting earlier this month.

For 30 years, LINC’s purpose has been to provide an opportunity for representatives from each state’s respiratory care board to engage and network with each other and leaders from the NBRC, American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Our goal is to foster stronger relationships and a better understanding of the challenges states face. Attendees are encouraged to discuss ideas and hot topics, which can inspire creative ways to tackle current issues in respiratory care licensing.

This year, twenty-six representatives from thirteen states attended, and we are thrilled several first-timers were able to participate.

LINC topics guiding discussion included:

  • Recent and current happenings at the NBRC, i.e., policy adjustments and specific action taken to support candidates and practitioners during the pandemic.
  • An in-depth review of AARC’s advocacy efforts and how recent stimulus packages have directly affected the respiratory care profession.
  • Discussion about The Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist (APRT) and the process of North Carolina writing language into their practice act.
  • A comprehensive look at NBRC’s Credential Maintenance Program (CMP).

Attendees were encouraged to share comments or questions during presentations and to use this forum as a collaboration and networking opportunity. Each topic stimulated constructive conversation among the attendees, which offered fresh and unique perspectives from around the country.

As we continue adjusting to a different way of doing things, we appreciate all attendees’ willingness to adapt with us and thank all state board representatives and members, and respiratory care leaders for their participation.