This is a diagnostic role, and the technologist works with other medical staff to evaluate patients, identifying conditions to come to a firm diagnosis. The Pulmonary Function Technologist will have trained in respiratory therapy and will have earned general or specialty pulmonary function certification from the National Board for Respiratory Care. The Function Technologist is the health care discipline that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health and wellness. As a health care profession, The Function Technologist is practiced under medical direction across the health care continuum in collaboration with other interdisciplinary team members. It is provided in a manner consistent with the mission of the organization.
Essential Competencies/Performance Expectations
- Performs Assessment
- Plans Patient Care
- Educates Patient/Family
- Provides Age Specific Care For Patients Served
- Practices Professionalism
- Treats everyone as a guest
- Practices Teamwork and Collaboration
- Protects Patient Rights
- Practices Information Management
- Participates in Performance Improvement
- Controls Costs
- Satisfies Patients/Customers
- Practices Infection Control
- Promotes Safe and Ethical Work Environment
- Performs Job Skills As Outlined in Skilled Check Lists
- Meets Minimal Job Requirements
Pulmonary function technologists primarily perform diagnostic tests. These tests can include spirometry, diffusion testing, lung volumes, airway resistance, respiratory muscle forces, bronchial provocation testing and other tests that a doctor orders. This may also include arterial, venous, and capillary blood gases. They must also be able to calibrate, clean and maintain diagnostic equipment and recognize when equipment malfunctions. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
Licensed Respiratory Therapist (CRT or RRT), CPFT or RPFT is required within six months of hire. Graduate of an AMA approved Respiratory Therapy Program. Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science accepted.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Current licensure to practice in Louisiana
CPR certification as outlined in Lake Charles Memorial Hospital policy and procedure
Must maintain required hours of inservice per year to meet requirements for CEU�s as stipulated by the NBRC.
Must attend mandatory inservices for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.