Clinic Pulmonary Function Tech

Requisition ID
2020-107376
Employment Type
Per Diem
Department
Pulmonary Function Services
Shift
Day
Standard Hours
8:30am-5:00pm
Facility / Process Level : Name
CHI Franciscan Medical Group
Location
WA-TACOMA

Overview

In 2020, united in a fierce commitment to deliver the highest quality care and exceptional patient experience, Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan Health came together as natural partners to build a new health system centered around the patient: Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Our combined system builds upon the scale and expertise of our nearly 300 sites of care, including 11 hospitals and nearly 5,000 physicians and providers. Together, we are empowered to make an even greater impact on the health and well-being of our communities. 


CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason are now united to build the future of patient-centered care across the Pacific Northwest. That means a seamlessly connected system offering quality care close to home. From basic health needs to the most complex, highly specialized care, our patients can count on us to meet their needs with convenient access to the region’s most prestigious experts and innovative treatments and technologies.  

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.

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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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