Certified Respiratory Therapist

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 08-30-2018
BASIC FUNCTION:
 
Provides direct technical and clinical support in the therapeutic delivery of medical gases administration, pulmonary airway management, ventilator care, diagnostic services and critical care support.
 
DIMENSIONS:
 
Indeterminate.
 
NATURE AND SCOPE:
 
Interacts internally with a variety of patients, healthcare professionals, management, non-management, physicians, regulatory agencies, Hospital and University officials and the general public. Interacts externally with healthcare professionals, physicians, patients and the general public.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
 
Provides treatments to patients according to established department procedures and guidelines, and maintains an accurate record of appropriate therapy given. Explains planned respiratory therapy procedures to patients.  Determines appropriateness of prescribed therapy and goals for identified pathophysiological state.
 
Reviews existing data in patient records including admission and current respiratory orders, patient history, physical examinations, pulmonary function values, blood gas results, EKGs and any additional laboratory data and ECG.  Inspects chest X-rays to determine changes in consolidation, atelectasis, pneumothorax and position of tracheal tube.
 
Collects and evaluates pertinent clinical information by inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation and patient interview.
 
Performs and evaluates spirometry before and after bronchodilator, pulmonary mechanical, and blood gas analysis.
 
Evaluates and monitors patient’s response to treatment.
 
Conducts prescribed therapeutic procedures to achieve adequate oxygenation, spontaneous and artificial ventilation, maintenance of patient airway and the removal of bronchopulmonary secretions.
 
 
 
 
Modifies treatment techniques based on patient’s response to medicated modalities aerosol, MDIs, oxygen therapy and recommends modification in the respiratory care plan for mechanical ventilation.
 
Operates and maintains the full range of electrocardiographic diagnostic instrumentation and accessories.
 
Obtains/records electrocardiograms on in-patients.  Explains the purpose of tests to patients.  Records and maintains daily log of ECG procedures. Inputs accurate patient data into auto ECG program.  Recognizes and alerts medical staff of ECG abnormalities/life-threatening arrhythmias.
 
Records therapy results according to the Hospital’s policies and regulating agencies and communicates information via hospital information system and electronic medical records to appropriate members of the healthcare team prior to end of shift.
 
Performs routine testing, maintenance, adjustments and repairs of respiratory therapy equipment.
Selects, assembles and checks equipment for proper function, operation, and cleanliness, including correction of malfunctions.  Sterilizes and disinfects respiratory therapy equipment. Performs quality control procedures on blood gases analyzers and point of care testing instruments.
 
Follows all Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals.
 
The employee is expected to achieve appropriate Hospital quality, performance and productivity standards as established.
 
Reports all untoward incidents, which may occur during treatment to a nursing personnel and the supervisor.
 
Attends all department meetings and in-service programs.
 
The employee will perform other duties that further the customer service needs of the unit, such as answering phones, greeting and escorting patients, and administrative and clerical duties upon demand.
 
The employee will respond to emergent and urgent patient and operational issues.
 
The employee on occasion may be requested to cover part or all of other shifts, and/or be on call.
 
The employee will obtain necessary certifications as required by regulatory agencies.
 
Stays current on technological developments in the field of Respiratory Therapy.
 
Performs as Charge Therapist when assigned and utilizes the Charge Therapist Manual.
 
Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
 
Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.  Follows the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.  Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
 
Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
 
Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
 
Establishes and maintains effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public
 
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
 
CORE COMPETENCIES:
 
Ability to provide respiratory therapy methodologies and techniques.
 
Ability to coordinate and organize work in a professional manner.
 
Ability to provide technical and clinical support in the therapeutic delivery of medical gases administration, pulmonary airway management, ventilator care and diagnostic services activities.
 
Must be able to learn new and developing electrocardiographic techniques and instrumentation.
 
Knowledge of basic cardiac life support techniques.
 
Ability to operate ECG equipment, including trouble-shooting procedures.
 
Ability to operate computer terminals.
 
Ability to recognize ECG abnormalities and life-threatening arrhythmia.
 
Competence in both oral and written English.
 
 
CARES CRITERIA:
 
Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
 
Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
 
Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
 
Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
 
Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
 
Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
 
Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
 
Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
 
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
 
Associates Degree and credentialed as a Certified Respiratory Therapist from an AMA approved respiratory Therapy certification program.
 
Passage of the NBRC entry-level certification examination.
 
Must meet the District of Columbia licensure requirement.
 
Two (2) years of experience as a clinical practitioner in the field of Respiratory Therapy preferred.
 
Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certifications.
 
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (50-300 lbs w/ assistance), climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, pull push, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see (depth perception, color vision), calculate, compare, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
 
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