SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.
Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
Position functions within the Respiratory Care department at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital to provide respiratory therapy modalities per protocol and those ordered by physicians to improve the cardiopulmonary conditions of patients from neonatal to geriatric ages. Performs in a professional manner, respects confidentiality, and demonstrates qualities endorsed by following the seven Standards for Service Excellence outlined in the SEARHC Human Resources Manual.
Most difficult aspects; Miscalculation of ventilator settings or dosages of medications. Failure to maintain equipment, which may result in incorrect readings. Responsible for following policies and procedures related to the administration of respiratory services. Impact; If policies and procedures are not followed, unsafe and improper healthcare may be given. Maintains compliance with all state, federal, TJC (The Joint Commission), other regulatory body standards and hospital requirements related to provisions of respiratory therapy services and understands legal consequences of actions and interventions.
- Participates in the assessment, administration, and evaluation of respiratory therapy treatments, pulmonary function testing, performs extubations, airway management and ventilatory life support to critical adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients.
- Participates with other health care professionals in obtaining, interpreting and evaluating pulmonary function tests, arterial blood gases, airway management and respiratory treatments.
- Provides instruction to patients in use of respiratory therapy equipment, inhalation gases and other therapies related to the treatment of respiratory diseases and/or the promotion of respiratory wellness.
- Serves as a recourse person and consultant to hospital personnel involved in the treatment of individuals with respiratory disease.
- Responsible for the cleaning, care and maintenance of all equipment used in the delivery of respiratory treatments and pulmonary function testing.
- Equivalent to graduation from high school and successful completion of an approved school of Respiratory Therapy
- Two years’ experience as a certified Respiratory Therapist preferred.
- Credentialed by the NBRC as a Certified Respiratory Therapist or Registered Respiratory Therapist at time of hire.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Anatomy and physiology;
- Respiratory care modalities for adults, pediatrics and neonatal patients;
- Interpreting arterial blood gases.
- Skilled in use of mechanical ventilators;
- Performing arterial blood gas sampling;
- Applying cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
- Work alone/unsupervised;
- Assess and Prioritize;
- Work under adverse conditions such as communicable infectious diseases.