CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, now part of CommonSpirit Health formed between Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health in early 2019, is proud to be the first hospital in Arkansas to achieve Magnet designation and our resignation for our continued commitment to nursing excellence and patient care.
Many of our co-workers call CHI St. Vincent their home and their team family. As we look forward, we have established an empowering environment for CHI St. Vincent co-workers where professional development is encouraged and supported.
In accordance with our mission and core values and under the supervision of a physician, the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) shall be responsible for assuming primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities to all age groups for which the individual has demonstrated an acceptable level of competency, and experience. The RRT will be required to exercise considerable independent clinical judgment in the respiratory care of patients. The RRT is responsible for assessment, plan, implementation, and reassessment of patients receiving respiratory care modalities in order to assure appropriate patient care. The RRT is expected to serve as proctor to students and new employees for orientation and general competency assessment. The RRT is expected to be competent in Adult or Neonatal Critical Care and/or Diagnostic areas as well as be willing and ready to function in the role of the leader of the shift when necessary.
Education: Graduate of an accredited Registry School of Respiratory Therapy with minimum of Associates of Science Degree. Bachelor of Science Degree preferred. Successful completion of the NBRC examination for Registered Respiratory Therapist. A new graduate must successfully pass the CRT exam prior to employment as an RRT, then pass both RRT exams within three months of employment to continue employment as an RRT. Possess current Arkansas State License for Respiratory Care Practitioners.
Experience: Minimum required for registry exam.
Physical Requirements: The physical activities involve balancing, climbing, crouching, grasping, kneeling, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, standing, stooping and use of fingers and repetitive movements. An individual in this position may be required to carry or lift weight of up to 50 lbs. and push/pull 100-150 lbs. The sensory and communicative activities required for the position include feeling, hearing, seeing, smelling and speaking. Individuals in this position could possibly be exposed to inside/outside environmental conditions, most probably blood borne pathogens and body fluids, chemical hazards, respiratory hazards and radiology hazards.
Skills: Completion of Basic Life Support (BLS) and bi-annually thereafter. Successful completion of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) within 3 months of employment. Completion of Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) for NICU staff before attending deliveries independently. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is required for select staff. Neonatal Pediatric Specialty (NPS) exam preferred for core NICU staff. Must demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to deal effectively with all team members, patients, family members, and physicians. Must possess the ability for calm, critical thinking and prioritization of duties in emergency situations. Must possess effective decision making, assessment and prioritizing skills. Must possess knowledge and skills necessary to care for the infant, child, adolescent, adult and older adult. Must possess knowledge of and skill with computers and various software..
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