The Respiratory Care Practitioner- NICU provides treatment, management, diagnostic evaluation, and care of adult, neonatal and pediatric patients with deficiencies and abnormalities in the cardiopulmonary system.
Conducts prescribed therapeutic procedures to achieve maintenance of patient airways.
Attends high-risk newborn deliveries with resuscitation/oxygen equipment.
Trained and skilled in infant intubation for routine, uncomplicated* meconium deliveries.
Sets priorities for respiratory care of neonatal and pediatric patients as needed using clinical assessment skills.
Collects and evaluates pertinent clinical information through assessment and patient evaluation.
Based on patient evaluation, determines the need for appropriate oxygen delivery devices of respiratory support.
Inspects chest x-rays to determine the presence and position of an artificial airway or changes in in the thorax.
Evaluates and monitors patient's response to respiratory therapy and recommends changes in parameters for oxygen delivery devices and mechanical ventilation systems, as per protocol under direction of the physician.
Conducts prescribed therapeutic procedures to achieve broncho-hygiene and to administer prescribed pharmacologic agents, including bedside spirometry and pulmonary mechanics
Performs assessment and treatment techniques based on patient's age specific growth and development needs.
Initiates, conducts, and modifies respiratory support techniques in an emergency setting.
Performs other duties as assigned.
? Must utilize one or more Cerner applications to deliver and track patient care
? Varied day-to-day activity regarding all aspects of personal interaction with patients, families, staff and physicians, telephone contact with physicians and computer entry of patient care to provide documentation of all interactions.
? Continuing education should include respiratory care, emergency and critical care areas, and cardiac noninvasive monitoring and diagnostics. These areas should preferably cover total population size (adult, pediatric, and neonate).
? Ability to organize and prioritize job duties to ensure care is handled in a timely manner.
? Able to transport equipment weighing up to 200 lbs. to patient care areas such as (ventilators, monitors, EKG unit, etc.).
? Respond to emergency codes within five minutes from any location in the hospital, which may require accessing several flights of stairs.
License, Certification, Education or Experience:
REQUIRED for the position:
-Recent experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in a Level III NICU
-Licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the State of Washington.
-Certification (RRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care.
-Graduation from a two or four year Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredited Respiratory Care program resulting in an Associate or Baccalaureate degree.
-PALS certification at hire
-Current Healthcare Provider BLS certification by date of hire
-NRP within 3 months of hire
DESIRED for the position:
-Additional certification/registration specific to neonatal care
-NPS, Neonatal Pediatric Specialist
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between EvergreenHealth and the UFCW.