The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) performs cardiopulmonary evaluation, respiratory care, life support and education of the patient, family and public. The RRT works with in and out patients of all ages with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system following established protocols or the prescription of a physician. The RRT can perform respiratory care duties in all areas of the hospital.
Graduate with certification of completion from a two year New York State approved training program in respiratory care or related field of study; an Associates Degree is preferred.
A minimum of one year of clinical experience as a Respiratory Therapist in an acute care hospital is preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
Skill in performing arterial punctures with written documentation.
Skill in operating computerized pulmonary function equipment and mechanical ventilators.
Ability to work with department computer applications and the computerized medical record.
Ability to operate various respiratory equipment.
Demonstrates clinical competence in patient care and skill in administering respiratory therapy medications.
Ability to effectively communicate in both written and verbal fashion, promoting a team approach to patient care.
Demonstrate professional growth through continuing education activities.
Ability to remain calm and work effectively during emergency or stressful situations.
Ability to organize and prioritize work to complete tasks in a specific time frame.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, coworkers, medical staff and the public.
Ability to adapt quickly to unexpected changes in work assignment.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures, department policies, procedures and instrument printouts.
Ability to document brief reports regarding tests results, therapy given and operational problems/follow up.
Ability to present information and respond to questions from coworkers, patients and physicians.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts of normal range and standard deviations.
Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages and ratios, as applied to technical procedures and administration and medications. Ability to solve problems regarding therapy instrumentation, technical procedures or testing results.
Ability to interpret instructions from policy and procedure manual, or vendor manuals that are in written and/or diagram form.
Ability to take verbal instruction from physicians, nurses and coworkers.
Demonstrates ability to work with patients of all ages, from infant to elderly according to department policy and procedure.
Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish a safe work environment.
Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures.
Licensed Respiratory Therapist/Technician in accordance with Title VIII of N.Y. State Education Law.
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care.
Current BLS certification is required with recertification every two years.
Current ACLS certification is required with recertification every two years, preferred. ACLS is required to work in Critical Care, perform intubations and to participate on the Rapid Response Team.
PALS and NALS are recommended.