Respiratory Therapist CRT & RRT - Full-Time
The Respiratory Therapist is a professional caregiver who assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates Nexus Children’s Hospital’s patients’ respiratory status to ensure that patients and their families receive an optimum level of care. The Respiratory Therapist must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of patient growth and development and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide the care needed as described in the department’s policies and procedures. Respiratory Therapist practices relationship-centered care in concert with Nexus Health Systems’ core values of compassion, integrity, and excellent customer service. The Respiratory Therapist also works under medical direction and the direct supervision of the Director of Respiratory Care Services. The Respiratory Therapist administers therapeutic and diagnostic procedures to patients with respiratory disorders, including patients requiring intensive care treatment.
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- Maintains awareness of current hospital and departmental operational policies and procedures which impact position responsibilities.
- Administers medical gases, humidifiers, medications, and aerosols for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes.
- Safely manages patients with non-invasive or invasive ventilation.
- Prioritizes and plans all work steps to ensure success; considers time, supplies, and support required from other individuals and departments to set up a work plan and complete duties.
- Responds promptly to changes in workload, adjusting assignments as necessary to achieve optimal productivity and efficiency.
- Assist in the containment of hospital costs through the appropriate use of supplies’ recovery of patient charges and conservation of supplies.
- Provides basic patient and family education.
- Follows verbal and written orders from physicians in administering drugs and medications to the cardiopulmonary system of patients.
- Documents complete patient assessment upon admission within the time frame per policy and initiate a plan of care.
- Evaluates the treatment program and results and take appropriate action.
- Performs basic assessments and interpretation of Arterial Blood gases
- Proficient in performing in emergency situations calmly and with no other backup therapist if the situation arises.
- Evaluates patient response/outcomes to procedures performed, treatments, medication administration, and other aspects of the treatment plan.
- Recognizes changes in patient condition and initiates activities to facilitate appropriate responses.
- Communicates with the Director of Respiratory, physicians, and other team members regarding the patient’s progress and/or change in condition.
- Communicates pertinent information regarding patients’ progress and discharge planning needs to appropriate hospital and medical staff.
- Demonstrates the philosophy of teamwork, trust, and promotion to general welfare and co-operation with other employees.
- Participates as necessary in patient care conferences and weekly rehabilitation meetings.
- Records clinical documentation according to accepted regulatory, corporate, and professional guidelines.
- Completes reports and documents treatments according to facility policies.
- Adheres to the hospital infection control policies and OSHA guidelines, following universal precautions at all times.
- Professionally present themselves when representing the facility.
- Communicates with the Director of Respiratory Therapy regarding department programs, goals, objectives, problems, and successes.
- With the assistance of Director of Respiratory Therapy, Resolves areas of concern or conflict with patients’ families, coworkers, or external customers in a professional, proactive, and courteous manner.
- Provides relevant shift hand-off reports to other members of the team.
- Complies with state regulations and national standards as they apply to the practice of Respiratory Therapy.
- Communicates effectively with professional colleagues.
- Records temperatures and performs laboratory maintenance with equal participation to a coworker.
- Performs and records daily quality controls at the established intervals of equal participation to a coworker.
- Ensures documentation and charging of resources/supplies.
- Performs and completes other duties as assigned
- Three years as a Respiratory Therapist with experience in the environment and level of care in performing duties, including mechanical ventilation experience.
- Intubation skills are preferred.
- Graduate from accredited respiratory therapy program.
- Current Respiratory Care Practitioner license in the State of Practice.
- Current Basic Life Support- American Heart Association Certification.
- Current Advance Life-Support- American Heart Association Certification.
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support-American Heart Association preferred.
- Crisis Prevention Intervention/Behavioral Intervention (CPI, SAMA, etc.) Certification.
- Must maintain current certification in good standing during employment with this facility.