General job duties. Types of procedures required.
Job Description Summary: The scope of work for a Respiratory Therapist includes assessment, therapeutic intervention and education for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders or associated complications.
Job Description: Respiratory therapists assess individuals to prevent, detect, monitor and manage disease and complications. Respiratory therapists provide therapeutic interventions to directly impact cardiopulmonary health as well as overall health status according to established goals and interdisciplinary care plans. Respiratory therapists provide education to promote preventative care, self management, enhanced cardiopulmonary health and quality of life. Performs regular assessments of patients and the equipment they are using in order to adjust therapy. Collect and/or analyzes patients’ blood and other specimens to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gases. Measures the patient’s lung capacity to determine if there are any impairments. Offers diagnosis results and treatment suggestions based on the analysis of the patient.
Equipment utilized in the unit/dept.
Epic computerized charting, Acudose medication cabinet, Hamilton G5 & C1, V60, Airvo, CoughAssist, Vest, IPV AutoPAP, Radiometer ABL90, Aerogen, Trilogy/Astrel, Nitric Oxide, HFOV, Bunnell HFJV, Infant Flow SiPAP, Radiometer TCM.
Required skills and minimum years of experience.
One year of minimum experience. We would be interested in an RT that could work in a number of areas or specialized in NICU, PICU or adult ICU. Our first choice would be NICU or NICU/PICU, but open to different abilities as an RT.
Specific licensures and certifications/registrations required.
Required BLS, ND license. ACLS, PALS, NRP preferred
Shift or schedule requirements.
We mainly schedule 12 hour shifts, but also do 8s and sometimes 4 hour shifts. Four hour shifts happen more with extra shifts or some of our staff are 40 hours/week and they do 3 12s and 1 4 per week. We post shifts of call for the 6 weeks and they can pick whatever works best for them from what is left on the sheet. They can pick it up in 4, 8, 12 or 16 hour blocks, whatever works best for them.
Our shifts are 7a-7p, 7p-7a, 7a-3p, 11p-11p and 11p-7a.
Will not work alone, each shift has a charge in adult and children’s along with 6-14 other RTs on a typical day. 16 hours of call in a 6 week schedule, weekends required (every other or weekend status). Opportunity to pick up extra shifts.
Floating to other units/departments.
Inpatient respiratory therapy care. Looking for someone who can work primarily NICU, but will also take someone who can do Adult GF, Adult/Pediatric ICU.
Bed size/number of rooms for this unit/dept.
RT creates assignments with a minute based system that pulls from our Epic program. 350+ at SMCF campus, 40 bed IV NICU, 8 bed Peds ICU, 24 beds Peds, 36 beds Adult ICU, 28 beds intermediate Adult ICU, 110 beds adult GF, 47 beds ER.
Tell us about the unit/department specific training and orientation program.
Orientees complete lab orientation with RT education staff and preceptor shifts with the unit RTs
Looking for a motivated individual who is able to work independently as well as within a team. Ability to handle quick changes in patient condition, willing to help coworkers and ask for help when needed. Communication skills are valuable as we are in constant communication with the healthcare team.
We prefer NICU trained RTs to work their contracted time in our 40 bed level IV NICU. Will also be interested in RTs who can work general floors through ICU (Adult &/or pediatric).