Meet Laetitia Harris – Respiratory Therapy

Where are you from, and where did you go to school?
Most people have trouble pronouncing my name. It is pronounced “La-Ti-Ta.” I was born in Kansas City, Mo. My family moved to Stringtown, Mississippi in 19 72 where I attended Elementary, Junior High and High School at Nugent Center (now known as Ray Brooks). I completed High School at Nugent Center in Benoit, Ms. in 1983. I received my B.A. in Communications from Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS in 1988. I received my A.A.S in Respiratory Therapy from California College of Health Sciences in 1998 as a Certified Respiratory Therapist. I  Became a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 2002.

What is your job, and what are your responsibilities?
I am currently the Director of Respiratory Therapy here at Bolivar Medical Center since 2005. I have one of the greatest if not the best staff ever! I am Responsible for the management of the Respiratory Department. This includes staffing, budgeting and performing all aspect of Respiratory Therapies  including: Ventilation management, Pulmonary Function Testing, EKGS, Interpretation of blood gases, Airway Care, EEGs, Nebulizers, Meter Dose Inhaler, Chest Postural Drainage, Percussion, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to name a few.

How did you get interested in this field?
My mom was a Registered Nurse, so I have always been connected to Health Care. My family is mostly Educators. By going into Respiratory, I get the best of both worlds. I get to save lives and Educate people on improving their quality of life living with cardio-pulmonary diseases such as Asthma and COPD.

What is the best part of your job? 
The best part of my job is just connecting with not only Patients, but also Physicians, Co-workers and Visitors. I smile all the time because I truly enjoy my job.

What advice would you give others in the workplace?
My Advice to others is to smile! Life is just too short to sweat the small stuff. No matter how bad you think things are trust and believe someone somewhere is having a worst day than you.