by contributors Logan Mynatt and John Murphy
Logan Mynatt sent me the scoop on a practitioner who is well known throughout Indiana – Jennifer Brink. Jennifer is stepping away from the RT field to concentrate on liver transplant recovery and on life.
Jennifer began her RT career training at Butler University one week after High School graduation in the summer of 1982 and took her first full-time position at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, in June 1984. In August 1991, Jennifer moved to the South Bend area to work at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center where she served until July 1999. It was then Jennifer decided to move back to Bluffton and was soon involved in the Ivy Tech RT Program where she was appointed the Program Director there one year later. Throughout her career, Jennifer has worked as a shift Supervisor, Diagnostic Therapist, and a Pulmonary Rehab staff member. She has maintained her AARC membership since 1984 and served the ISRC as a Board member on the BOD, as well as Chapter Director, Secretary, and state President. She served Allen County as a “Tobacco Free” Board of Director member and the Northeast Indiana Critical Incident Stress Management group as a Team member. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoyed her work as a USA Swimming Referee. She can proudly claim to have touch the professional lives of over 400 Respiratory Therapy Program graduates many of whom have worked all over the USA.
What has Jennifer learned? She has learned to “have fun”!
She told Logan that “You must love what you do and do it passionately! Be your patient’s advocate! Don’t be afraid! Volunteer for something or anything. Get involved in the AARC and understand what our profession is all about! I didn’t get here all by myself! Surround yourself with amazing people and build each other up!” Jennifer is retiring after 35 years as an RRT. Her “Liver Transplant” occurred in September 2017 because of the fatal Hereditary disease “Familial Amyloidosis”. She is trying to beat it. We are grateful to know and have the opportunity to work with such a compassionate educator and caregiver.