Performs the primary functions of a Professional Registered Respiratory Therapist in assessing, planning, implementing, educating, and evaluating a designated group of patients in accordance with established Respiratory Care Standards, Hospital and Departmental Policies. Is responsible for managing all duties, supplies, and equipment in the hospital or on their assigned unit and for promoting teamwork with all members of the healthcare team. Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our mission and values.
1. Plans, coordinates, and provides professional Respiratory Care to patients in assigned area according to assessment, care plans, protocols, physician's orders, and individual patient needs. Utilizes established respiratory care standards and conforms to the policies and procedures of the department and to the philosophy and objectives of the hospital.
2. Performs therapeutic and life support procedures including the administration of oxygen, aerosolized medication, breathing treatments, chest physiotherapy, arterial blood gas, and mechanical ventilator support. Takes vital signs and listens to breath sounds. Explains procedures and treatments to gain cooperation and lessen apprehension of the patient. Updates assessment as necessary and participates in physician rounds and discharge planning.
3. When administering therapeutic procedures and treatments ongoing assessment of a patient is maintained. Watches for change in condition or reactions. Observes and reports reactions, changes and/or significant incidents to nurse and/or physician, physician assistant, and supervisor when appropriate. Uses equipment properly to give therapeutic treatments. Makes rounds with physicians and assist in examination and treatments. Participates in inter-disciplinary care conferences as appropriate.
4. Cross trains in Pulmonary Function Lab as needed. Performs diagnostic tests that assess cardiac and lung function and operates physiologic monitoring equipment and life support systems in critical care settings.
5. Documents tasks, medications given and plan of care in electronic medical record. Checks the paper chart for completeness and accuracy. Receives report from previous shift and gives appropriate information to the next shift as to patients' condition and any pertinent occurrences on the shift.
6. Participates with formal process improvement to ensure and enhance the quality of patient care when instructed.
7. Attends in-service programs, skills labs, workshops, and meetings. Serves on committees as requested. Maintains the latest on new and changing procedures in the respiratory care field. Becomes a resource person for their peers and other members of the healthcare team with questions and procedures when necessary.
8. Responds to emergency situations when necessary.
9. Performs other work duties as assigned.
Associate of Science degree required. Current licensure by the State of Missouri as a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner. Credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.
The assessment, care, and treatment provided by the therapist will be consistent with the specific age related needs of the patient. The registered therapist is competent to care for patient age groups including the neonatal, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient.
Employee is required to sit occasionally, walk, or stand continuously. Employee must lift/carry a light (1-20lbs) frequently, medium (21-50lbs), and heavy (50lbs+) load occasionally. Employee may be required to lift over 100lbs with assistance. Employee is occasionally required to bend, squat, crawl, kneel, climb, lift waist to overhead. Employee is occasionally required to reach forward and reach overhead. For repetitive action, employee is required to use one or both hands for simple grasping and pushing/pulling and one hand for fine manipulation. Employee is occasionally exposed to fumes, electrical hazards, and CRT terminal work. (Occasionally: 1-33%, Frequently: 34-66%, Continuously: 67-100%) The most significant of duties are included but this does not exclude occasional work assignments not mentioned or developmental duties.
Job Relationships: Member of a comprehensive healthcare team, including other healthcare providers, the patient, and the patient's family.
Takes direction from: Supervisor, Director, Medical Director, and Administration
Provides direction to: N/A
Supervised by: Supervisor
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