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Registered Respiratory Therapist

Job Description



                Job Summary:



The Registered Respiratory Therapist provides and promotes the delivery of cardio-respiratory patient care services in accordance with the AARC (American Association of Respiratory Care) clinical practice guidelines and the medical staff guidelines.  S/he evaluates the effectiveness of aerosol and broncodilation therapies, the appropriateness of therapies ordered.  The Registered Respiratory Therapist monitors and evaluates patients with more complex conditions, patients on  mechanical ventilation and conducts an analysis of the procurement of arterial blood gases. S/he reads orders prepared by physician and administers treatments such as oxygen therapy, CPT, postural drainage, breathing exercise, aerosol therapy and pulmonary function testing, while maintaining documentation of care, treatments, and test.  The Registered Respiratory Therapist has advance knowledge therefore is identified as the clinical expert who can accept and write orders given by a physician.





            Duties & Responsibilities:



1.      Ability to monitor and evaluate patients with more complex conditions.


2.      Ability to accept and write verbal orders given by a physician.


3.      Administer all respiratory therapeutics according to regulatory, department and hospital policies and procedures while in accordance with safety programs.


4.      Perform assessment of the patient determining needs related to the frequency and duration of the treatment regime ordered by the physician. 


5.      Maintains accurate medical records.


6.      Carries out physicians' orders and directions as given.


7.      Confer with physician to develop respiratory patient care plan.


8.      Properly perform all aspects of respiratory including pulmonary procedure and EKG studies.


9.      Properly set up and maintain ventilators, change parameters of patients on ventilators as ordered by the pulmonologist, follow ventilator weaning protocol.


10.   Perform spontaneous parameters on all ventilator patients daily                      


11.   Report to all cardiac arrest calls, responsible with airway management and assist with cardiac compression


12.   Properly understand blood gas studies in relation with pulmonary function and long term ventilation.


13.   Provide education to asthma and COPD patients to assist in self-care monitoring and prevention.


14.   Assist in cardiopulmonary department and hospital quality improvement programs.


15.   Assist with training of other department staff and students.


16.   Participate in in-service training program of nursing and medical students.


17.   Assume other duties that may be deemed necessary for the operation of Respiratory Care department.


18.   Report adverse reaction to the physician, nurse and respiratory supervisor and or charge therapist.


19.   Responsible for acquiring continuing education credits every 2 years to maintain Illinois Respiratory State License.  


20.   Check for ordering supplies on Monday.


21.   Check ABG Machines at the beginning and end of shift to assure that equipment is working and functioning according to Joint Commission and the College of American Pathologist standards and Guidelines.



22.   Complete a walk through department to checked and make sure that all discontinued equipment has been cleaned and reset up according to standards. 

Job Requirements



              Qualifications:



Required Education:



Associate Degree or a certificate from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program or the combination of education, knowledge, skills, mental development, and relevant experience that enables performance of all aspects of the position.


License Respiratory Therapist by the state of Illinois.


Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.


 


Desirable Education:



            None



Required Experience:



Minimum two(2) years experience within the field of Respiratory Care


Desirable Experience:



Minimum of two (2) years’ experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist





            Required Skills:



The following skills are necessary in order to perform the duties in the manner required: higher level of comprehension, skills, and ability, as well as continued learning is expected with increasing length of job experience.





Special Skills:



ü  Must be knowledgeable of the principles of growth and development and where appropriate, demonstrate care practices related to the physical and emotional needs of neonates (0 -30 days), pediatric patients (31 days-14 years of age), adult patients (15 – 64 years of age), and geriatric patients (65 and older years of age).





Language Skills:



ü Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.


ü Ability to read internal and external documents as pertains to job function.


ü Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from subordinates co-workers, supervisors, and/or management.


 


Mathematical/Analytical Skills:



ü Ability to calculate figures and amounts through addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentage.


ü Ability to set priorities and multi-task.


 


Essential Mental Abilities:



ü Ability to exercise independent judgment.


ü Ability to be self-directing and organized.


ü Ability to reason objectively.


ü Ability to document concisely, accurately and timely.


ü Ability to handle a variety of duties that may be interrupted or changed by immediate circumstances.


ü Possess a reasonable tolerance for stressful situations.


 


Interpersonal Skills:



ü Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with subordinates, co-workers, executives, other departments, vendors, and outside regulatory agencies.


ü Ability to enlist the cooperation of others.



ü Provide courteous, cooperative service to healthcare professionals.

Job Snapshot

Location US-IL-Chicago
Employment Type Full-Time
Pay Type Year
Pay Rate N/A
Store Type Health Care
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Company Overview

St. Bernard Hospital

St. Bernard Hospital began more than a century ago as the vision of the Rev. Bernard Murray, the leader of St. Bernard’s Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. In an effort to bring adequate health care to the community, Murray asked the Kingston, Canada-based Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, a community of women religious, for help in founding a local hospital. In 1903, the group sent seven sisters who, along with community residents, raised funds for the hospital’s construction, breaking ground in 1904. On Nov. 21, 1905, the hospital was dedicated St. Bernard Hotel Dieu – “house of God.” Throughout the years, the hospital has evolved alongside the community it serves, modernizing and adding to its facilities to keep pace with advances in medicine and the standard of care. Of the four hospitals that once served Englewood, St. Bernard is the only one still operating today Learn More

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US-IL-Chicago
Stephanie Lily
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Company:
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Location:
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Employment Type:
Year
Pay Type:
N/A
Pay Rate:
Health Care
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Job Description



                Job Summary:



The Registered Respiratory Therapist provides and promotes the delivery of cardio-respiratory patient care services in accordance with the AARC (American Association of Respiratory Care) clinical practice guidelines and the medical staff guidelines.  S/he evaluates the effectiveness of aerosol and broncodilation therapies, the appropriateness of therapies ordered.  The Registered Respiratory Therapist monitors and evaluates patients with more complex conditions, patients on  mechanical ventilation and conducts an analysis of the procurement of arterial blood gases. S/he reads orders prepared by physician and administers treatments such as oxygen therapy, CPT, postural drainage, breathing exercise, aerosol therapy and pulmonary function testing, while maintaining documentation of care, treatments, and test.  The Registered Respiratory Therapist has advance knowledge therefore is identified as the clinical expert who can accept and write orders given by a physician.





            Duties & Responsibilities:



1.      Ability to monitor and evaluate patients with more complex conditions.


2.      Ability to accept and write verbal orders given by a physician.


3.      Administer all respiratory therapeutics according to regulatory, department and hospital policies and procedures while in accordance with safety programs.


4.      Perform assessment of the patient determining needs related to the frequency and duration of the treatment regime ordered by the physician. 


5.      Maintains accurate medical records.


6.      Carries out physicians' orders and directions as given.


7.      Confer with physician to develop respiratory patient care plan.


8.      Properly perform all aspects of respiratory including pulmonary procedure and EKG studies.


9.      Properly set up and maintain ventilators, change parameters of patients on ventilators as ordered by the pulmonologist, follow ventilator weaning protocol.


10.   Perform spontaneous parameters on all ventilator patients daily                      


11.   Report to all cardiac arrest calls, responsible with airway management and assist with cardiac compression


12.   Properly understand blood gas studies in relation with pulmonary function and long term ventilation.


13.   Provide education to asthma and COPD patients to assist in self-care monitoring and prevention.


14.   Assist in cardiopulmonary department and hospital quality improvement programs.


15.   Assist with training of other department staff and students.


16.   Participate in in-service training program of nursing and medical students.


17.   Assume other duties that may be deemed necessary for the operation of Respiratory Care department.


18.   Report adverse reaction to the physician, nurse and respiratory supervisor and or charge therapist.


19.   Responsible for acquiring continuing education credits every 2 years to maintain Illinois Respiratory State License.  


20.   Check for ordering supplies on Monday.


21.   Check ABG Machines at the beginning and end of shift to assure that equipment is working and functioning according to Joint Commission and the College of American Pathologist standards and Guidelines.



22.   Complete a walk through department to checked and make sure that all discontinued equipment has been cleaned and reset up according to standards. 

Job Requirements



              Qualifications:



Required Education:



Associate Degree or a certificate from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program or the combination of education, knowledge, skills, mental development, and relevant experience that enables performance of all aspects of the position.


License Respiratory Therapist by the state of Illinois.


Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.


 


Desirable Education:



            None



Required Experience:



Minimum two(2) years experience within the field of Respiratory Care


Desirable Experience:



Minimum of two (2) years’ experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist





            Required Skills:



The following skills are necessary in order to perform the duties in the manner required: higher level of comprehension, skills, and ability, as well as continued learning is expected with increasing length of job experience.





Special Skills:



ü  Must be knowledgeable of the principles of growth and development and where appropriate, demonstrate care practices related to the physical and emotional needs of neonates (0 -30 days), pediatric patients (31 days-14 years of age), adult patients (15 – 64 years of age), and geriatric patients (65 and older years of age).





Language Skills:



ü Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.


ü Ability to read internal and external documents as pertains to job function.


ü Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from subordinates co-workers, supervisors, and/or management.


 


Mathematical/Analytical Skills:



ü Ability to calculate figures and amounts through addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentage.


ü Ability to set priorities and multi-task.


 


Essential Mental Abilities:



ü Ability to exercise independent judgment.


ü Ability to be self-directing and organized.


ü Ability to reason objectively.


ü Ability to document concisely, accurately and timely.


ü Ability to handle a variety of duties that may be interrupted or changed by immediate circumstances.


ü Possess a reasonable tolerance for stressful situations.


 


Interpersonal Skills:



ü Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with subordinates, co-workers, executives, other departments, vendors, and outside regulatory agencies.


ü Ability to enlist the cooperation of others.



ü Provide courteous, cooperative service to healthcare professionals.

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