|Position||Registered Respiratory Therapist - PRN|
|Department||Respiratory Care Services|
|Location||Monroe County Hospital - Georgia|
The registered respiratory therapist is responsible for providing safe, effective, and economical respiratory care to patients. This position is a member of the interdisciplinary team for patient care.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
- Perform respiratory procedures accurately and in a timely manner as prescribed by a physician. These procedures include:
- Oxygen therapy: tank, nasal cannula, high flow nasal cannula, venturi mask, non-rebreather, etc.
- Coughing and deep breathing instruction and exercises and related maneuvers.
- Aerosol Therapy: bland and medicated, metered dose, ambient, ultrasonic, sputum induction.
- Pulmonary Function Testing.
- CPAP and BiPAP therapy.
- Airway maintenance, oral nasal, and tracheal suctioning.
- Arterial puncture and blood gas analysis, after proper certification.
- Non-invasive monitoring.
- Mechanical ventilation.
- Continuous mechanical ventilation of acute and critically ill patients in ER and Med-Surg. settings.
- Performs assessment of the patient, determining needs related to the frequency and duration of the treatment regime ordered by the physician. Requests re-orders when necessary and communicates with nurse and physician about discrepancies and concerns.
- Initiates and follows through with respiratory protocols as necessary.
- Observes the patient’s response to therapy, evaluates, and records in the patients’ record. Immediately reports adverse reactions following established procedures.
- Charts treatments and procedures accurately in the forms provided. Enters appropriate information into the hospital health information system accurately and timely.
- Makes oxygen rounds as necessary and appropriate, causing the safe and effective use of supplies and equipment.
- Provides instruction to patients, family, staff, and students about therapy and equipment used in respiratory care procedures and protocols; and documents as required.
- Provides complete report to on-coming personnel and takes a complete report from off-going personnel.
- Assists in the orientation of new nursing and respiratory personnel.
- Supports multidisciplinary quality assessment and improvement activities by participating in improving important aspects of care.
- Become proficient in and provide quality control and regular maintenance of the i-STAT blood gas machine as necessary and assigned.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
This position operates in a health care setting. This role requires regular walking to various locations around the hospital. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and some mechanical equipment. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of patient conditions and elements. The noise level is moderate to quiet.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift or move objects and patients weighing over 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full time position in a health care facility open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Rotating shifts as well as holiday and weekend are required. Working during inclement weather will be required. Shifts may vary, but working hours may be up to approximately 12 hours. This position also requires personnel to be “on call” when no therapist is at the facility. Return time to the facility is 30 minutes.
This position requires the ability to take call at least two weeks in the month.
Required Education and Experience:
- Minimum Associates degree in Respiratory Care.
- Current, valid certification in the state of Georgia as Registered Respiratory Therapist.
- Current, valid AHA Healthcare Provider training (BCLS, PALS and ACLS).