Registered Respiratory Therapist position will work primarily inpatient care on a rotating day shift schedule with six 12 hours shifts and one 8 hours shift in a compressed two pay period. The schedule will be Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday. This position will be working with ventilators, BiPAP, AIRVO, breathing treatments. The incumbent demonstrates the knowledge and ability to successfully perform the following duties within the scope of Respiratory Care. A Respiratory Therapist may perform other duties, both major and minor, that are not mentioned below. Essential functions may change from time to time to reflect the current trends within the field of respiratory therapy, and to meet the cardio-pulmonary needs of the patients served. Perform basic spirometry, including adequate coaching, recognition of improperly performed maneuvers, corrective actions, and interpretation of test results. Compare and evaluate indications and contraindications for advanced pulmonary function tests (plethysmography, diffusion capacity, esophageal pressure, metabolic testing, and diaphragm stimulation) and be able to recognize normal/abnormal results. Perform arterial and venous sampling for blood analysis. Understand the etiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and comorbidities. Communicate and educate to empower and engage patients. Develop, administer, evaluate, and modify respiratory care plans in the acute-care setting, using evidence-based medicine, protocols, and clinical practice guidelines. Communicate and educate to empower and engage patients. Retrieve credible sources of evidence. Complete the assessment through direct contact, chart review, and other means as appropriate and share the information with healthcare team members. Obtain medical, surgical, and family history. Obtain social, behavioral, and occupational history, and other historical information incident to the purpose of the current complaint. Knowledge of advanced practice skills in all aspects of respiratory care Incumbent must be able to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated respiratory care program and recommend improvements based on evaluation of facility operations. Measure and document oxygen saturation with oximetry under all appropriate conditions (with or without oxygen at rest and during sleep, ambulation, and exercise). Inspect the chest and extremities to detect deformation, cyanosis, edema, clubbing, and other anomalies. Skill in the development of and implementation of appropriate standards of care for Respiratory Care. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of all the program activities through standard and innovative techniques. Disseminates and gathers information through regular staff meetings with department staff regarding improvement of patient care, with emphasis on responsibility and accountability. Serves as liaison between the department and its clinical consumers (i.e., nursing service, administration and other support services). Plan, assess and evaluate programs to ensure coordination between care delivered by the program and overall delivery of health care within the facility. . Work Schedule: Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday - 5;30am - 6:00pm (12 Hours Shifts) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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