Registered Respiratory Therapist – Pulmonary Function

Category : Healthcare
Location/City : AL - Birmingham
Id : 34790

We are searching for a Registered Respiratory Therapist – someone who works well in a fast-paced hospital setting. In this position, you may be required to deliver respiratory care services to patients in all areas of the hospital (e.g., intensive care units, medical and surgical floors, emergency departments, post-anesthesia care units, infant nurseries, and the home care environment). The therapist must be able to adapt to the particular area of duty assigned and must be able to perform special duties required by the assignment. Specific therapists are also trained to provide respiratory therapy services outside of the hospital setting during critical care patient transports.
The RRT may be required to supervise and be responsible for the work of other respiratory care practitioners. The therapist may also be assigned orientation and in-service education responsibilities as well as be asked to function in the role of mentor for students of respiratory therapy participating in clinical rotations at Children's of Alabama.
The RRT works under the technical supervision and clinical guidance of the Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinators. Direct administrative supervision is provided by the area Respiratory Care Manager and the Respiratory Care Department Head.
The RRT carries out assigned duties and responsibilities according to policies, procedures, and guidelines approved by the Medical Directors of the department. Standards of performance for the area to which the individual is assigned must be maintained.
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Job Duties & Responsibilities
  • Select, review, obtain, and interpret data
  • In any clinical setting, the RRT selects and reviews existing clinical data and collects or recommends obtaining additional pertinent clinical data
  • Review patient records and recommend diagnostic procedures
  • Collect and evaluate clinical information
  • Perform procedures and interpret results
  • Determine appropriateness of and participate in developing and recommending modifications to respiratory care plans
  • Select, assemble, and check equipment for proper function, operation, and cleanliness
  • In any patient care setting, the RRT selects, assembles, and assures cleanliness of all equipment used in respiratory care
  • Assure equipment cleanliness by determining and performing appropriate disinfection or sterilization technique
  • Perform quality assurance procedures for the department laboratory instruments
  • Ensure proper function or follow established procedures to correct or report malfunctions of diagnostic and monitoring equipment, mechanical or artificial ventilation equipment, gas metering devices, and any other respiratory care related equipment
  • Initiate, conduct, and modify prescribed therapeutic procedures
  • In any patient care setting, the RRT evaluates, treats, monitors, and records the patient's response to care
  • Reviews the patient records and communicates with other health team members
  • Initiates, conducts, and modifies prescribed therapeutic procedures to achieve the desired objectives
  • Provides care in emergency settings, assists the physician, and conducts pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Explain planned therapy and goals to patient in age-appropriate terms to achieve optimal therapeutic outcome and protect patient from nosocomial infection
  • Evaluate, treat, monitor, and record patient's response to respiratory care
  • Conduct therapeutic procedures to maintain a patent airway
  • Make necessary modifications in therapeutic procedures based on patient response
  • Assist physician to initiate and conduct pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Maintain level of professional competence and clinical knowledge
  • Complete the competency assessment program in the department orientation manual on initial hire, including self-assessment
  • Inform coordinator anytime the need is perceived for review or update to enhance clinical competency or clinical knowledge
  • Complete the requirement of continuing respiratory care education hours to maintain licensure within the two-year renewal period
  • Maintain BC LS, AC LS, PALS, or NALS certification as required
  • Complete all hospital required annual in-service education as required
  • Complete annual competency assessment and validation requirements (skills labs)
  • Perform defined responsibilities as shift leader when required
  • Utilize equipment and supplies efficiently
  • Assist in the orientation and continuing education of new employees as required
  • Participate in the continuing education of physicians, nursing staff, respiratory therapists and other ancillary personnel as required
  • Function as a mentor for respiratory therapy students
  • Participate in the education of patients and their families, including discharge training and asthma education
  • Seek first to understand
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Maintain open lines of communication and remain current by attending scheduled department meetings on a regular basis
  • Demonstrate teamwork by willingly helping other members of the healthcare delivery team
  • Strive to be a positive agent for change
  • Other duties as required

Skills & Requirements
  • The practitioner must be a graduate of an American Medical Association-approved 2 or 4 year program of respiratory therapy
  • The practitioner must have a minimum of one-year experience in the field of respiratory therapy
  • A minimum of six months of intensive care unit experience is preferred
  • The practitioner must be licensed by the Alabama State Board of Respiratory Care
  • The individual must be registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care or must be eligible for registry and sit for and pass the registry examination within a specified amount of time
  • Achieves a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill and knowledge in assigned clinical areas
  • Keeps up with current developments and trends in area of expertise
  • Actively identifies new areas for learning
  • Regularly creates and takes advantage of learning opportunities
  • Uses newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learns through their application
  • Treats others with dignity and respect
  • Listens and responds to needs and concerns of others
  • Makes customers and their needs a primary focus
  • Develops and sustains positive relationships
  • Interacts with others in a way that gives them confidence in one's intentions
  • Demonstrates honesty, keeps commitments, and treats others with dignity, respect, and fairness
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships to facilitate accomplishment of work goals
  • Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities
  • Compares data from different sources to draw conclusions
  • Uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions
  • Takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable circumstances
  • Maintains effectiveness when experiencing changes in work tasks, environment or processes
  • Adjust effectively to work within new structures, processes, requirements, or cultures
  • Generates innovative solutions to work situations, trying different and novel ways to deal with problems and opportunities for improvement
  • Sets high standards of performance for self and others
  • Assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks
  • Imposes standards of excellence for self rather than having standards imposed
  • Identifies and corrects conditions that affect patient and employee safety
  • Upholds safety standards and reports safety issues and concerns to supervisor

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