Certified Respiratory Therapist

Requisition ID
2020-127174
Employment Type
Full Time
Department
Respiratory Therapy
Hours Per Pay Period
72
Facility
CHI Saint Joseph East
Shift
Night
Standard Hours
3rd Shift
Work Schedule
12 Hour
Location
KY-LEXINGTON

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

Assists physicians, nurses and other hospital personnel in caring for diagnosing, and treating patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities by applying therapeutic, preventive, and diagnostic procedures.

 

ESSENTIAL KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Administers treatments and medications which promote pulmonary hygiene, improve pulmonary function, and improve respiratory status.

2. Evaluates and ensures proper maintenance of airways and patient ventilation.

3. Implements oxygen, gas, and humidity therapy. Maintains oxygen and humidity devices and emergency equipment.

4. Performs oximetry, safely obtains blood samples, and performs blood gas analysis; verifies accuracy of results.

5. Performs preoperative assessments of patients’ respiratory status; provides instruction on prevention of postoperative complications.

6. Sets up, monitors, and maintains invasive and noninvasive ventilatory and oxygenation devices; recognizes and corrects malfunctions or inappropriate settings.

7. Participates in resuscitation efforts and other emergency medical treatments (based upon level of training).

8. Demonstrates competent and safe procedures in obtaining and handling sputum specimens.

9. Stocks supplies, assembles crash boxes, prepares ventilators and other equipment for immediate use; maintains a neat and orderly work area.

10. Other duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications

Required Education

  • At a minimum, the incumbent shall have received the equivalent of an Associate’s Degree in Cardiopulmonary Services or Respiratory Care from an accredited respiratory therapy educational program.

 

Required Licensure and Certifications

  • The incumbent shall be distinguished as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC); such distinction shall be kept current (if applicable). Additionally, the incumbent shall hold an active license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner from the Kentucky Board of Respiratory Care. The incumbent shall hold a current certificate from the American Heart Association (AHA) in Basic Life Support or Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. It is desired that the incumbent hold a current certificate from the AHA in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. If the incumbent functions within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, he/she shall hold a current certificate from the AHA/American Academy of Pediatrics as a Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The incumbent shall be skilled in interpersonal communication to the level that is required to effectively interact with patients, visitors and members of the healthcare team. The incumbent shall possess critical thinking skills adequate to evaluate patient conditions and recommend appropriate intervention (or to seek assistance when necessary). The incumbent shall display time management skills that are sufficient to organize scheduled tasks in a manner that ensures delivery of high quality respiratory care. At a minimum, the incumbent shall communicate in English at the twelfth grade level. The incumbent shall possess basic rationale in communicating therapeutic needs with patients, visitors and members of the healthcare team.  The incumbent shall possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and basic understanding of electronic health record systems.

PREFERRED Qualifications

  • No prior experience in respiratory care is required; at least one year of experience in respiratory critical care is preferred.

 

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