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Department:
Schedule: Active Full Time
Shift: Rotating
Hours:
Job Details: - Licensure/Certification
- 1 - 2 years experience preferred

BASIC FUNCTION: 

Under the supervision of the Director of Cardiopulmonary/Sleep Lab, the registered/certified therapist (RRT/CRT) is responsible for setting up and operating various respiratory care equipment to be utilized in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary disease and/or illness.  The RRT/CRT should understand the principles and application of mechanical ventilation, as well as simple to advanced airway care.  The RRT/CRT must be able to demonstrate competence in the pharmacology of inhaled medications for all ages of patients.

 

The respiratory therapist is required to have knowledge of basic chemistry, gas physics, anatomy and physiology, and arterial blood gas interpretation.  The therapist should have a working knowledge of common respiratory diseases throughout the life span and the usual treatment modalities for these diseases.  The therapist should have a working knowledge of the principles and application of hemodynamic monitoring and ECG analysis.  The therapist is also responsible for understanding infection control principles and must perform safe and effective cleaning and disinfection of respiratory equipment.

 

The therapist must have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary procedures taking into consideration the physical and psychological development and the safety of pediatrics (ages birth to 12 years) adolescent (ages 12 up to 18 years) adult (18 to 65 years), and geriatric (ages 65 years and older).  The therapist must be able to interpret age specific data and provide age specific patient/family health education regarding prevention and treatment of respiratory illnesses.  These skills may be gained through education, training, or experience.

 

The respiratory therapist must be able to demonstrate and communicate instructions of all equipment provided and used in the cardiopulmonary department.  The therapist must have excellent communication skills to provide patient education to all age groups.

 

The respiratory therapist must be able to set up and, educate HME patients on selected home medical equipment, when HME personnel are not readily available.  The respiratory therapist will occasionally need to oversee application and adjustments to CPAP, BIPAP and/or oxygen during sleep studies performed in Sleep Lab.

 

KNOWLEDGE/EDUCATION:

Graduate of school accredited by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Must be certified and/or registry eligible and hold current Indiana licensure.

Completion of all continuing education requirements to maintain licensure.

Certifications and/or course completions:

1.                   Current Health Care Provider CPR certification required prior to direct patient care.

2.                   ACLS certification recommended within 1 year in position.

3.                   PALS completion encouraged within 1 year in position.

                                4.            NRP completion required within 1 year in position.

Clinical competence in the cardiopulmonary skills specifically identified in the cardiopulmonary skills checklists and in the infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric skills.

Must have knowledge of respiratory diseases and disorders, oxygen therapy, all respiratory modalities, ABG’s, and knowledge of acid base balance and ventilator management.

Ability to facilitate delivery of cardiopulmonary services in collaboration with services of other health care disciplines.

Good health and hygiene practices which include healthy lifestyle as a model for participants and staff.

Genuine interest in patients and co-workers as demonstrated by timeliness, flexibility, and attendance when scheduled.

Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Ability to accurately measure vital signs.

Ability to work in uncontrolled, unpredictable, and stressful environments.

Flexible and able to adapt to changing situations, including schedule changes.

Willingness to learn.

Ability to respond to emergency situations in an emotionally controlled manner.

Ability to work with professional personnel, unprofessional personnel and personnel from other disciplines in a unified team approach.

Ability to work quickly, but accurately.  Must be oriented to detail, yet able to integrate a number of activities according to priority.

Willingness to attend educational programs.

Occasional shift rotation as needed for provision of safe patient care.

Skilled in the use of the computer.

   

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