The Chief Supervisory Registered Respiratory Therapist serves as the manager of Respiratory Care in the Medicine care Line and is responsible for providing basic and advanced Respiratory services to adults and geriatric patients at the Wilmington VA Medical Center (WVAMC). They manage all administrative and clinical aspects of the organizational unit. The Chief has broad and overall responsibility for the service-level department and full responsibility for the clinical practice, program management and supervision for employees whose work involves providing high acuity care. He/She will provide leadership with objective, independent assessments and recommendations for policy, operational and administrative issues and initiatives requiring decision and action. He/She plan, assess, and evaluate programs to ensure coordination between care delivered by the program and overall delivery of health care with the facility. The Chief initiates and conducts audits and analyze a wide variety of data related to program planning and the specialized needs of the policy implications, key issues, relationships to both internal and external interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals. They coordinate and negotiate resolutions to complex problems and report progress and resolution of problems in achieving goals and objectives to higher levels of management. The Chief prepares special reports and responses, Congressional responses, briefing papers, issue briefs and decision papers for medical center leadership, VISN or central offices which may be highly sensitive, confidential and of a complex nature. They develop policies, procedures, and protocols, performance and quality standards, position descriptions and functional statements. They represent the department at interdisciplinary meetings and on facility level committees. They represent the facility to VISN-level leadership. Major duties include, but may not be limited to: Develop and maintain interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. Demonstrate both oral and written communication and the art of negotiation, and the ability to provide clear, logical, and concise explanation of information. Knowledge of advanced principles and practices related to the management of health care delivery systems and the ability to apply this knowledge to solve the unique problems arising the VHA health care delivery system. Knowledge of advanced and basic management of airways, mechanical ventilation, and other mechanical respiratory support devices. Ability to maintain the confidentiality of patients/employee information, electronic and printed. Knowledge of the Medical Center performance improvement program. Demonstrate how to work and function in the Medical Center in a safe manner including infection control and the correct operation of equipment. Knowledge and use of information management systems to support center directives and patient care techniques, including database management, database analysis and reporting and flowchart software. Knowledge of and skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations carried out by administrative or professional personnel. Incumbent is responsible for updating manuals and procedures and recommending policies that will keep Respiratory services up to date. Incumbent provides care based on physical, psychosocial, educational, safety, and related criteria, appropriate to the age of the patients served in his/her assigned area (i.e. adult and geriatric patient populations). This entails knowledge of human growth, development and aging; ability to assess and interpret age specific data and provide age specific care; communication skills necessary to interpret and share age specific responses to treatment; and ability to involve family/significant others in decision making related to plan of care. The knowledge, abilities, and skills needed to provide such care will be refined through continuing education, training, and experience. Will need to perform other duties as directed. Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday; may change based off the needs of the facility Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.