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.
Reviews and evaluates existing data in patient’s record. Collects any additional pertinent clinical information through physical examination and bedside parameters.
Performs and evaluates peak flows/Spirometry before and after bronchodilators according to policy and orders.
Completes thorough assessment of patients.
Communicates all critical information to physicians, nurses, and others on inter-disciplinary patient care team.
Proactive in initiating Ventilator Discontinuation. Follows all policies on documentation, ET tube care, and other Ventilator Bundle guidelines.
Recognizes the need for and performs emergency and acute respiratory care procedures accurately and safely in a timely manner with minimal supervisory intervention. This may include intubations in an emergency situation according to individual competency.
Proactive during the shift, willing to help peers and other clinical staff in providing patient care as needed, and moves without complaint to other areas as workload or expertise dictates.
Answers phone and takes care of calls when in proximity to the department
Demonstrates ability to set priorities in the clinical setting and also with own patient load.
SCOPE OF PRACTICE
Ensures delivery of Respiratory Care Services reflecting the efficient and effective use of supplies and appropriate utilization of resources in order to meet the needs of the patients and hospital.
Administers medications in a timely and safe manner. Evaluates medications’ effects and re-evaluates therapy appropriately according to policies and orders. Follows current practices in dispensing and delivery of medications. Maintains working knowledge of all new medications and medication handling standards introduced into the field of Respiratory Care as they apply to our Health System.
Performs arterial punctures, analyzes and interprets blood gas results, intervening as indicated assuring all results properly entered into the computer.
Follows all accepted safety practices for identifying patient, labeling, drawing and transporting the blood.
Identifies patients’ need and readiness for education in disease management or smoking cessation. Begins the education process using acceptable materials and instruction. Follows up on patients’ needs by communicating this information on appropriate forms and verbally in report so relieving therapist can continue to assure patients’ needs are met.
Integrates legal and ethical standards into practice by recognizing all implications of care delivery within the scope of licensure.
Maintains patient and family confidentiality and complies with all regulatory standards.
Demonstrates correct and safe technique in the use of equipment and supplies according to product information and manuals.
Maintain a clean, neat and safe environment for patients and staff according to hospital and department policies.
INFORMATION PROCESSING AND DOCUMENTATION:
Consistently and accurately utilizes hospital information system for patient information, orders, charges, and productivity documentation.
Consistently clocks in and out according to hospital policy. Follows policy on absences, tardies, and no-clocks.
Arrives on time for report. Updates written reports as needed to provide current information for following shift.
Consistently completes documentation in the electronic medical record.
Keeps an accurate record of patients’ status and care dispensed, in accordance with departmental guidelines and requirements.
Writes clear narratives and enters data into computer as appropriate.
Correctly reports missed therapy and Medication Error Reports according to hospital policy to help ensure patient safety.
Stays current in new policies and procedures by reading the information boards and staying current with LEARN assignments,
Attends monthly staff meetings as documented by meeting attendance records and initials minutes of meetings that were missed.
SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Maintains current professional record according to department and Health System standards, by completing hospital mandatories and department competencies by due dates.
Actively participates in individual and group educational training activities. Attends conferences and shares knowledge with peers.
Assists in writing or revising procedures to keep policies current and meaningful for staff use.
Assumes leadership or preceptor role in orientation of new employees and students, particularly in critical care areas or pulmonary lab, demonstrating effective communication skills in all areas of patient care.
Takes responsibility for helping to staff department during busy times by volunteering for extra shifts or changing schedules.
Adapts to change in a positive, professional manner by work and deeds in order to meet the demands of the changing Health System environment.
Assumes full responsibility for maintaining licensure.
Team Leading responsibilities are considered to be exceeding expectations for this job description.
Supports profession and ensures excellence through membership in the AARC and NBRC. This is optional but preferred.
Education: Graduate of an accredited Associate of Applied Science Degree Program for Certification in Respiratory Therapy. Successful completion of the NBRC examination for Certified Respiratory Therapist. Possess current Arkansas State License for Respiratory Care Practitioners.
Experience: No experience required other than that required for completion of educational program.
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..
PRIMARY CUSTOMERS: Patients, Physicians, Nurses, Families, all Health System Departments requesting services.
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