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Respiratory Therapist-Registered

Responsibilities:

PERFORMS PATIENT CARE ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE ALL FORMS OF RESPIRATORY THERAPY, NON-INVASIVE CARDIOLOGY, AND OTHER ASSIGNED DUTIES UTILIZING APPLICABLE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

  • Accurately interpret and execute physician orders
  • Demonstrates the ability to individualize therapy to meet the patient's need
  • Demonstrates the ability to anticipate the patient needsDemonstrates the ability to calculate medication dosagesPerforms patient educationPerforms all duties in an efficient and timely manner
  • Notify leader of respiratory care, nursing supervisor, or unit leader of any inappropriate patient care issues
  • Document all medication and patient care errorsUses protective equipment appropriately
  • Perform intubations and change tracheostomy tubes as assigned
  • Practices good body mechanics, getting assistance as needed to protect patient and own safetyAlert and responsive to all alarms/call lightsFollows proper hand washing and infection control between patients and proceduresPerform testing in a manner that ensures accurate results.
  • Maintains a clean work area, checks and stocks supplies in their specific area.
  • Performs oxygen roundsPerforms accurate DAU and BAT testing as assigned.
  • Responds to all pages and requests in a timely manner
  • Perform home care instructions and arrange for home oxygen, nebulizer, and/or suction equipment
  • Responds to emergency situations, RRT calls and codes immediately
  • Ability to remain calm and effective in emergency and/or stressful situationsEnsures patient safety in the hospital environment by following policy/procedures and adhering to National Patient Safety Goals
  • Possesses knowledge and skills necessary to obtain adequate lab specimens for testing. Performs patient bedside lab testing (ABGs) and associated quality control in compliance with medical provider s orders and hospital lab procedures/policies.

PERFORMS VENTILATOR MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE

  • Knowledgeable of all modes of ventilation and a weaning modalities
  • Responds promptly to urgent needsUses protective equipment appropriately
  • Actively participates in patient rounds with physicians if assigned
  • Performs ventilator checks every 2 hours and PRNSets appropriate ventilator alarms within recommended parameters
  • Ability to educate students and other health professionals about ventilator functions
  • Documents ventilator settings and patient information accurately
  • Patient advocate
  • Practices appropriate patient assessment skills to evaluate patient needs
  • Assertively contacts physicians to improve patient care
  • Actively contacts physicians concerning ventilator settings
  • Collaborates with appropriate healthcare worker concerning patient care issues
  • Regularly sets-up, verifies proper function, operates, and monitors ventilators

BIPAP and CPAPMAINTAINS ACCURATE DOCUMENTATION AND ACCURATE COMPUTER ENTRY

  • Complete and concise documentation of all therapy, ventilator, and oxygenComplete and concise documentation on all internal forms
  • Complete and accurate charge entry daily
  • Complete and accurate information on all ECGs
  • Perform editing of ECGs accurately when assigned
  • Accurate documentation on all diagnostic tests

ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS/HER ONGOING PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Learns the functions of all new equipment
  • Learns new proceduresKnowledgeable of departmental policies and procedures
  • Completes all mandatory education within the stated timeframe
  • Attends educational offerings to validate skillsMaintain current knowledge of all equipment
  • Maintain current license
  • Maintain current credentials
  • Acts as a resource person for othersParticipates in clinical instruction of students and other healthcare workers

Qualifications

Education:

  • Associate's Degree in a CoARC approved Respiratory Care Program is required.

Work Experience:

  • 1-3 years of experience in/with skills in respiratory therapy, ventilator management, electrocardiogram, oxygen administration and airway management.
  • A basic knowledge of Pulmonary and Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology is required.

License and Certification Additional Information:

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  • Licensed by the State of Illinois (IDFPR) as a Respiratory Care Practitioner within 6 months of hire.
  • CPRCompletion of ACLS within 6 months of hire.
  • Completion of NRP within 6 months of hire (excludes PRN staff).

Required English Skills:

  • Basic Reading skills:
  • Basic writing skills
  • Basic oral skills

Communication Skills

  • Ability to respond appropriately to customer/co-workerInteraction with a wide variety of peopleMaintain confidential information
  • Ability to communicate only the facts to recipients or to decline to reveal information
  • Ability to project a professional, friendly, helpful demeanor

Computer Skills:

  • Basic computer knowledge: Uses word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail application, and web browser. Comfortable within a Windows OS and learning new applications.


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