Respiratory Therapist: a Life and Breath Career - View the video

Justine Ropp

Justine Ropp
Pediatric Respiratory Therapist
American Family Children's Hospital

600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792

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Justine Ropp grew up in Wisconsin and always knew she wanted to work in a profession helping people and making a difference in their lives. She became a Respiratory Therapist in 2000 and has worked at UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children’s Hospital since the start. The Madison based setting has allowed her several wonderful opportunities. Justine started her career in pediatrics and fell in love with working with children. She became a senior respiratory therapist with emphasis in Pediatrics, which allowed her to grow into a leadership position but still work with children. This background led to a new endeavor as a Pediatric Transport Respiratory Therapist with the CHETA (Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance) Team. In addition to this “dream job,” Justine has been a part-time clinical instructor at Madison College for the last six years allowing her to interact with students. Justine is doing just as she had planned, helping people and making a difference in their lives.

It’s the first line in critical care, making sure the patient has a clear way to take in breath. Being a Respiratory Therapist provides a challenging and rewarding career path for those who are interested in hands-on patient care in a variety of settings. Hear from Justine Ropp, an experienced medical professional who works with some of the youngest patients in her role as Pediatric Respiratory Therapist for American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. (Running Time 23:09)