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Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) - PRN (Nights)

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) - PRN (Nights)

Job Description

Position Summary
Responsible to set up and operate various types of respiratory care equipment to be utilized in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases as ordered by physicians. As a member of the patient focused care team, the respiratory therapist works collaboratively with the other members to assure the safe and accurate delivery of care. In addition, the respiratory therapist performs a range of technical procedures related to cardiopulmonary hemodynamics to comprehensively serve patient needs. Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement, and equipment maintenance.
Shift:  This is a PRN/As-needed position.  Nights shifts are primarily needed.

Primary Duties
1. Patient Care:
- Able to assess patient appropriately, interpret results accurately, and suggest alternative treatment.
- Able to appropriately change modes of therapy.
- Must be able to prioritize work assignments.
- Must be able to work independently, demonstrating respect for patient's rights and confidentiality.
- Able to communicate effectively with physicians, patients, and co-workers.
- Documents by exception and communicates to physicians and nurses all pertinent information.
- Involves patient and significant others in the care activities as a means of informing and teaching.
- Actively assists the physicians in the clinical management of patients.
- Administers medications according to hospital policy.
- Effectively and efficiently receives/interprets telephone and verbal orders and documents appropriately.
- Demonstrates knowledge and ability to use necessary patient equipment.
- Demonstrates ability to react calmly and effectively in an emergency situation.
- Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure. Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards. Staff/Unit Responsibilities:
- Delegates appropriately to staff in keeping with job descriptions, licenses requirements and standards of practice.
- Uses resources in an efficient and cost effective manner.
- Participates in peer review.
- Participates in developing other staff and affiliating students.
- Maintains and develops own professional competencies.
- Maintains and promotes a team spirit through active cooperation and collaboration.
- Assists in interdepartmental service coordination.
- Actively participates in the Performance Improvement and Utilization Review programs.
- Assumes a role in the maintenance of the patient-focused care delivery system.
- Assists staff in the coordination of unit operations.
- Assists in all aspects of care if the environment, such as dietary, housekeeping, infection control, and supply and equipment management.
- Attends 80% of in-services and departmental meetings.
- Help provide staff to other areas of the hospital when needed. 

Job Requirements


Exposure to Hazards:

Requires exposure to communicable diseases and potentially contaminated body fluids and hazardous materials. OSHA risk factor: Category I. Possible risk of physical injury due to moving machinery and supplies. The respiratory therapist demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to neonate, pediatric patients, adolescents, adults, and adult geriatric patients. The individual demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development appropriate to the patient population served. Understands the mission and vision of the hospital. Operates within the concept of patient focused care. Evolves into an effective team member. Must adhere to dress code; good grooming and personal hygiene habits; and strict adherence to attendance policies. Maintains knowledge of and conforms to hospital policies and procedures. Employee must maintain satisfactory level of knowledge and skill in Age Specific Competencies for the appropriate patient population.

Education/Experience and Certification/License: 

Graduate of an approved, accredited program recognized by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), and be at least a certified Respiratory Therapist. Therapists are required to have the current state license. Current BLS training required, ACLS certification required within three months of employment and PALS required within six months of employment. Minimum of 2 years acute care experience is preferred. Performs at a proficient level, all tasks within the specialty area. Able to operate all appropriates clinical equipment in a safe and appropriate manner. Able to perform the necessary functions on the facility's computer system. Must be able to interact and communicate in English with all levels of staff, physicians, patients, and families in an effective manner, exhibiting tact, enthusiasm, and patience. Must be able to be sensitive to cultural and bilingual issues. Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination. Able to stand and walk for long periods of time. Able to lift/push/pull patients to transport and/or reposition. Able to lift and carry equipment and supplies up to 30 lbs. Corrected vision and hearing in the normal range. Working under stressful conditions and irregular hours, exposure to communicable diseases and potentially contaminated body fluids and bio-hazardous materials. Requires good communication and organizational skills. Requires reasoning ability and good independent judgment. Requires working under stressful conditions and irregular hours. Requires working with frequent interruptions. Able to comprehend and interpret complex clinical subject matter related to specialty. Requires corrected hearing and vision within a normal range and ability to distinguish color.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Per Diem
Job Type Nurse, Health Care
Education Not Specified
Experience At least 2 year(s)
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 25960-33188
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Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) - PRN (Nights)

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