Clinic Pulmonary Function Tech - Per Diem

Requisition ID
2020-107376
Employment Type
Per Diem
Department
Pulmonary Function Services
Hours Per Pay Period
0
Facility
CHI Franciscan Medical Group
Shift
Day
Standard Hours
8:30am-5:00pm
Work Schedule
8 Hour
Location
WA-TACOMA

Overview

CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.

Responsibilities

Franciscan Medical Group is currently seeking a per diem Clinic Pulmonary Function Tech for the Franciscan Pulmonary Associates in Tacoma. Collegial environment. Paid parking and no weekends or holidays required!
 
Job Summary:
This job is responsible for performing pulmonary function, lung-capacity, diffusion capacity and blood/oxygen tests to gather data for use by a physician in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary disorders.  Work is performed within scope of licensure and in accordance with physician orders.  An incumbent includes: includes:  1) administering pulmonary function testing, x-rays and procedures on patients with suspected lung disorders; 2) administering medications pertinent to pulmonary function testing; and 3) calibrating, maintaining and troubleshooting pulmonary function testing equipment to assure proper operation.
Work requires knowledge of the standards, procedures and equipment/tools applicable to pulmonary function testing and applicable legal/regulatory requirements.  An incumbent follows proper channels of communication in handling daily and routine problems and recognizing issues that need referral to management.  
 
Essential Duties:
 
  • Performs standardized diagnostic pulmonary function studies, as directed by physician orders and in accordance with all safety, risk management and protocol standards.
  • Explains specified methods of breathing to patient and conducts pulmonary function tests such as helium dilution and pulmonary mechanics, arterial blood gas draw/analyses (with and without oxygen) and lung-capacity tests, such as vital capacity and maximum breathing capacity tests, using spirometer or other specialized equipment; measures expired air, using various analyzers.
  • Sets equipment controls to regulate the flow of oxygen, gases, mists or aerosols; observes and records readings on metering devices of analysis equipment, and conveys findings of tests and analyses to physician for interpretation.
  • Administers medications pertinent to testing.
  • Monitors and assesses patients’ response to treatments and modifies according to protocol as necessary.
  • Process patient samples as required with regard to requested tests and type of insurance.
  • Performs, processes and files x-ray procedures on patients.
  • Assists physician with other procedures as appropriate within scope of licensure/certification. 
  • Performs pulse oximetry at rest and with exercise.
  • Performs ECG.
  • May assist physicians with laryngoscopy.
  • May assist physicians with thoracentesis.
  • Maintains pulmonary function testing equipment in accordance with established procedures. 
  • Sterilizes and disinfects equipment after each use.
  • Performs quality control testing for ABG analyzer performance.
  • Calibrates all equipment per manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Provides routine maintenance and care of equipment.
  • Maintains adequate stock of supplies.
  • Works with authorized parties to satisfy requests for documentation.
  • Provides test results for physicians.
  • Monitors patient’s condition for contraindications to testing.
  • Mails out x-rays to original source when physician has completed dictation
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Competence:  Demonstrates proper use of communication tools/materials for effective communication and understands how the culture(s) of patient populations can affect communication, collaboration and the provision of care, treatment and services.  Patient Population Served:  Demonstrates knowledge and proper skills associated with the department’s defined specific populations served.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Qualifications

Education/Experience:
  • Graduation from an approved school of Respiratory Therapy and one year of related work experience that would demonstrate attainment of the requisite job knowledge/abilities.  Work experience in the specialty area is preferred.
 
License/Certification:
  • Current license to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner through the Washington State Department of Health.
  • Registration through the National Board of Respiratory Care preferred.
  • Current healthcare provider BLS certification.

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