At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.
We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.
In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:
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The Respiratory Therapist must be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and equipment selection to provide care appropriate to patients ranging in age from infancy, throughout adolescence, adulthood and geriatrics. The Respiratory Therapist must possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's age, and interpret the appropriate information required to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs.
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Provides thorough medical record documentation (eg. Patient Assessment, Care Plan, therapeutic note, pertinent laboratory data, physical findings and ventilator flow charts etc.).
Provides complete and thorough departmental documentation (eg. Treatment Card, Kardex card, Quality Assessment, order entry, results reporting, Incident and industrial accident forms etc.).
Performs all therapeutic modalities in accordance with established protocols, procedures and safety practices.
Performs ventilatory care and weaning in accordance with established policies, procedures and safety guidelines.
Demonstrates competency in the assembly, disassembly and safety checking as per manufacturer guidelines and participates in scheduled equipment changes.
Responds to Code 7's, stat pages and other medical or administrative emergencies in an immediate and timely manner with no more than one reminder per year.
Administers to patients needs within professional and ethical boundaries at all times.
Participates in employee orientation, cross training, Quality Assurance and educational endeavors as requested.
Attends all mandatory classes and strictly adheres to guidelines on a daily basis. (eg. Universal Precautions, MSDS, Fire and Safety, TD and CEU's).
Demonstrates organizational skills and establishes priorities in a manner to maintain maximum productivity and the completion of assigned tasks.
Exhibits self directed behavior and independent problem resolution for non-complex issues.
Does not exhibit rudeness, abruptness, domineerance, abrasiveness or condescending behavior.
Presents a professional appearance and is attentive to patients rights, needs and comforts and is respectful and courteous to patients and staff at all times.
Consults with manager regarding complex issues and assists staff with non-complex problem resolution.
Distributes work assignments in a fair and equitable manner so as to maximize productivity and completion of assignments.
Arranges for shift coverage in times of illness and inclement weather, minimizing overtime usage whenever possible.
Completes Charge Reports in an accurate and timely manner.
Monitors all staff activity to include compliance with departmental and administrative policy and interprets policy as necessary or when requested.
Performs preventative maintenance and run calibration buffers and gases following departmental procedures (checklist) once per shift with no more than (2) reminders per year.
Run tri-level quality controls, evaluate accuracy of results and determine acceptability of the data once per shift with no more than two reminders per year.
Enter result into IBM computer and comments into action log that show appropriate action taken or understanding of statistical variations once per shift with no more than (2) reminders per year.
Notify section head directly or via the Problem Assessment Communication Form when specifications are not achievable with no more than (1) reminder per year.
Troubleshoot and repair analyzers in the event of malfunction to conform with established manufacturers guidelines or departmental policy.
Performs repairs as necessary and within scope of responsibility prior to the end of shift with fewer than two complaints per year.
Check sample to ensure proper labeling and note any pre-analytical considerations that may alter test results (eg. micro-sample, air bubble, clot, etc.)
Aspirate sample into analyzer and check position and ascertain if analysis errors exist (eg. drift, no end point, etc.) for each sample.
Enter results in log and computer noting any pre-analytical considerations and actions taken (ie. phoned results) and report results to requesters immediately with no more than (2) complaints per year.
The Respiratory Therapist must be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and equipment selection to provide the appropriate care to infants through geriatrics in age.
The Respiratory Therapist must possess the ability to access data reflective of the patients age and interpret the appropriate information required to identify each patients requirement relative to age.
Each therapist completes a competency review on a yearly basis with no more than 1 reminder per year.
1. Commits to recognize and respect cultural diversity for all customers (internal and external).
2. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages, utilizing interpreters when needed.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
(Examples: Ability to work independently and take initiative; Good judgment and problem solving skills; Communication skills; Interpersonal and organizational skills; Level of confidentiality)
Important COVID message
Please note, our Carney Hospital is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously canceled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital. A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.
Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.