During his night shifts, Clinton Rubiano, R.R.T., a respiratory therapist for the UF Health Shands Hospital Surgical ICU and E.R., is known for going the extra mile to care for his patients, who are often on ventilators.
Rubiano also strives to improve his craft and help his co-workers, and he is at the forefront for implementing new processes and procedures.
“He’s constantly involving himself in something to help out,” said co-worker Stephanie Swilley, R.R.T., a fellow respiratory therapist. “He doesn’t have to do that — it’s what he chooses to do.”
He is a regular contributor at the skills fair, where he teaches nurses about respiratory care and how to operate ventilators and oxygen devices. In addition, Rubiano recently took the lead on the Train-the-Trainer project, which focuses on educating specific staff members on new equipment so they can teach the rest of the staff.
The UF Health Shands Hospital Cardiopulmonary Services Committee recently selected Rubiano as its Outstanding Achievement Award Winner of the Year.
“He really deserved the recognition for all the hard work he puts into what he does,” said Timothy Bantle, R.R.T., UF Health Shands Hospital Respiratory Care supervisor and committee chair. “He has the interest and the determination to make the best of everything he does.”