The Respiratory Therapist Clinical Care Leader reports to the Respiratory Care Manager and is responsible for developing and sustaining an environment that promotes excellence in clinical practice and patient / family satisfaction, while striving for optimal efficiency and productivity of all resources. Works to coordinate daily clinical activities for patient care areas. The Respiratory Therapist Clinical Care Leader utilizes leadership skills and current evidence based clinical knowledge to assess the health needs of patients, collaborate with health team members to coordinate patient care, anticipate outcomes of interventions, and set criteria for the quality of patient care. Provides patient and staff education, clinical oversight / supervision, and participates in department based activities to include but not limited to quality assessment, shared governance, scheduling, quality review, and staff development in-services. Provides direct patient care services to assigned patient population. Serves as a resource for clinical expertise and insight. Utilize evidence-based practice to develop and implement standards of practice that guide practice improvement initiatives. Provides assistance to department leadership on planning and goal setting for the department. Serves as a champion for organizational and departmental change as well as policy adherence. Works collaboratively with key professionals within the organization on human resources, performance improvement and fiscal management activities. May assume responsibility and accountability for 24-hour management of the Respiratory Care department in the absence of both the manager / director. The position involves direct patient care and clinical care coordination duties during the shift. Weekend and holiday shifts and/or call required. Performs other duties as assigned.
Experience, Education and Training Minimum: Current Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) from the National Board of Respiratory Care. RRT-NPS required within 1 year from date of hire. Must maintain licensure in the Commonwealth Virginia as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Bachelor's degree required. Will consider Associates degree with applicable experience and actively enrolled in a Bachelor's program within three years completion from date of hire. Two to three years of neonatal/pediatric critical care experience required. Must have interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate with other members of the healthcare team. Demonstrated leadership skills, excellent communication skills and strong critical thinking skills necessary. Professional knowledge of respiratory theory and practice in order to assist in the planning and implementation of department activities. CPR Training, PALS, and Neonatal Resuscitation Provider ( NRP) designation required and/or must be obtained within 90 days of hire.