Respiratory Therapy I - Cascade

Job Category Respiratory Position Respiratory Therapy I - Cascade Req Code 14064 Location Cascade Valley Hospital Job Summary Performs technical, physical and patient service functions needed in the CardioPulmonary/Respiratory Therapy Department. Department operates under the professional guidance of a physician, and as written in Department and Hospital policy and procedure manuals. Manage per physician orders RT needs of patients. Perform EKGs. The RRT is dedicated to providing quality service in a timely, courteous, and cost effective manner. Essential Functions Section 1 ? Knowledge and Standards of Performance The Respiratory Care Practitioner provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic respiratory care and cardiopulmonary services to patients of all age groups. Respiratory Care Practitioners are responsible for cardiopulmonary emergencies providing airway maintenance, as well as manual and mechanical ventilatory support using a variety of devices and techniques; administering therapeutic gases, inhaled aerosol medications and humidity therapy; obtaining, reviewing and interpreting data as well as assessing the need for and response to respiratory care interventions with medical and nursing personnel to optimize patient care planning; performing arterial blood gas analysis as well as the running, maintenance and upkeep of the blood gas machine; responsible for patient assessment and evaluation; providing patient and family instruction in proper home respiratory support; smoking cessation, self-administration and proper use of equipment and supplies. Respiratory Care Practitioners possess strong communication and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and to collaborate and work effectively within intra and inter-departmental teams; ability to establish and maintain productive and positive working relationships with internal and external customers; knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position which includes, but is not limited to, the ability to perform all of the required procedures and assessments and possession of a thorough understanding of the techniques and rationale for the selection and application of respiratory care procedures. Assumes responsibility for special programs and paperwork. Willing to change shifts and help with on call duties when necessary. Responsible for knowing and adhering to departmental rules and regulations while performing in a professional manner. Knowledgeable of the various needs of patients due to their age and determine appropriate care. Responsible for completion of all procedures scheduled in a timely manner without compromising quality. Maintains a positive, customer-oriented attitude. Meets organizational and work unit standards as outlined in policies and procedures. Demonstrates the ability to make calm and sensible decisions under various work situations, dealing with immediate problems reasonably. Keeps current on performing emergency department procedures; respiratory and/or cardiopulmonary modalities; performs all job duties in accordance with recognized safety procedures. Section 2 ? Processes and Procedures Perform exams in accordance with approved departmental and hospital policies and procedures while meeting the standards of performance as required by accrediting agencies and the Medical Director of Respiratory Care as well as utilizing proper procedures to insure patient safety while in department. Utilizes division and unit documentation tools according to established guidelines. Section 3 ? Knowledge/Use of Equipment Be knowledgeable of all equipment within the Respiratory Care Department, including manual and electronic equipment related to PICC lines in accordance with approved departmental and hospital policies and procedures. Section 4 ? Continuous Quality Improvement Obtain good quality exams. Use proper procedures for infection control. Leads and/or participates in developing and designing systems and processes for the new organization. Continually improves and redesigns processes to increase productivity and quality. Section 5 ? Required Education and Training Registered with NBRC and current licensure with the State of Washington are required. Continued education in accordance with NBRC requirements. The incumbent may use Education Reimbursement Policy #02-3-018 to assist with meeting education requirements. Required to attend proper inservices and meetings. Have current CPR, ACLS and NRP certification. Section 6 ? Resource Utilization Demonstrates responsible use of resources, including time, facilities, supplies, equipment, staff, information, finances, education and developmental assets. Fiscally responsible, including corporate billing compliance. Efficiently uses resources, tools and supplies, recycling when possible. Uses and disposes of confidential information appropriately. Shares expertise and knowledge with others. Cares for equipment properly. Spends education funds responsibly to enhance job performance. Practices accountable and productive time management. Shares responsibility in facility upkeep (i.e.: see it, own it, do it, solve it). Seeks information and plans work to maximize team effectiveness Experience/Training Previous experience in a hospital is desirable. Must have excellent understanding of all equipment and procedures performed routinely in a hospital CardioPulmonary/Respiratory Therapy department. License/Certification Licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the State of Washington. Registered with NBRC required. Must obtain RRT within the introductory period. American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS required. American Heart Association Provider ACLS required within 6 months of hire. NRP certification required within 6 months of hire.

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