Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 1/30/2024
Job Type: Full Time
Department: 0101.53500 SEH Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapist- Full-time 36hrs/wk, night shift, 3 12-hr shifts 7p-7a, weekends and holidays required as needed, RRT required.

$10k sign on bonus for applicants not affiliated with Steward*

We are fighting for a healthier world and a new era of wellness!

Nearly a decade ago, we set out to build an entirely different kind of health care company from the ground up—one that unlocks access to affordable, high-quality, and economically sustainable care and wellness in ways never imagined. Today, we are one of the largest private, physician-led health care networks—caring for millions of people across the U.S. Our transformative, fully integrated model represents a new beginning for America’s health care system and others around the world.

We have hospitals across 7 states serving over 800 communities, with more than 43,000 employees. We are ushering in a new day of world class health care. From renowned pediatricians, sports medicine specialists and cardiac surgeons to state-of-the-art hospitals, urgent care centers and medical practices, we can offer easier access to high-quality affordable health care to people nationwide — when they need it and where they want it.

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a Boston University Teaching Hospital, provides patients and families access to some of Boston’s most respected physicians and advanced treatments offering specialized care, including:

  • Advanced Center for Cardiac Surgery
  • da Vinci® Robotic surgery program; Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery
  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Award-winning bariatric surgery program
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
  • State-of-the-art emergency care with short wait times

Our medical staff, made up of some of the highest rated physicians in Boston, treats patients in our community practices in neighborhoods, including Allston, Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Newton, Watertown and Weston.

Benefits:

  • Grow with a health system that supports career advancement
  • Competitive Pay & Salary Increases
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Locations close to home, that support work-life balance
  • Affordable Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401k via Fidelity, for eligible employees, with company match
  • Tuition Assistance / Reimbursement
  • Family atmosphere and team approach that provides flexibility
  • Opportunities to grow your career, and not change your employer
  • And much more!

Job Summary –

The Respiratory Therapy Department has formally adopted the American Association For Respiratory Care Clinical Practice Guidelines (AARC CPG) for patient care. Respiratory Therapists function in a physician supervised environment following AARC CPG (where applicable) as well as established departmental standards and practices. Respiratory Therapists provide critical care service to all patient age groups.

Qualifications

Minimum Education/Experience:

  • Degree from an AMA approved program in respiratory therapy, Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Will consider applicants with less than one year of respiratory therapy experience.

Minimum skills/abilities:

  • Interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to satisfactorily explain respiratory therapy/pulmonary function test procedures to patients.
  • Meditech.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.

Certification/Licensure:

  • RRT License in respiratory therapy by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • BLS by the AHA or Red Cross required.
  • ACLS preferred.

Job Responsibilities

  • Reviews the medical record including:
    • Physicians orders for completeness, indications for therapy as well as potential contraindications prior to administering therapies/medications in accordance with AARC CPG.
    • Conducts a clinical patient assessment including but not limited to, cardiac, pulmonary and neurologic status.
    • Further detailed assessment criteria is contained within the individual AARC CPG for the therapy ordered.
  • Assembles equipment in accordance with manufacturers specifications and departmental standards. Confirms that equipment is functioning per manufacturers specifications prior to use. Monitors equipment function during use and applies appropriate corrective action in the event of malfunction.
  • Administers ordered therapy while clinically monitoring patient for outcome, hazards, or complications arising during, or immediately following therapy. Maintains, monitors, measures, and adjusts mechanical ventilators appropriately to assure proper function and to ascertain therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Performs routine oxygen, aerosol, and emergent airway management, chest physiotherapy, postural drainage, and/or sputum induction to maintain patient airways (in accordance with AARC CPG).
  • Performs assessments of patients and deliver systems (i.e., Ventilator Systems) on a regular basis in accordance with AARC CPG and departmental standards and practice.
  • Documents patient assessments, therapies delivered, patient monitoring, responses to therapies, and complications within the medical record in accordance with AARC CPG.
  • Provides emergency response for cardiopulmonary arrest, respiratory emergencies, hospital disasters and other emergencies as needed. Delivers basic life support maneuvers such as maintenance of a patent airway, external cardiac compression, manual ventilation by way of mouth-to-mouth, bag-valve-mask, and related ventilation techniques. Maintains AHA BLS certification on an annual basis.
  • Acts as a member of the health care delivery team assisting in the development and implementation of multdisciplinary patient care plans. Documents assessment of patient response to ongoing care and participates in the reevaluation of care delivery. Acts as and integral part of the health team that partakes in the pulmonary rehabilitation of the difficult to wean patient.
  • Provides routine care, cleaning, disinfecting and maintenance of departmental equipment. Documents equipment malfunction and alerts supervisor. Assists with maintaining stock levels by notifying supervisor as levels require replenishment.
  • Measures using appropriate available instrumentation, pulmonary function, gas exchange, respiratory rate, tidal and minute ventilation, alveolar-to-arterial PO2 gradient, intrapulmonary shunt fraction, respiratory mechanics (including static and dynamic compliance), pulse rate, blood pressure, arterial blood gases, end-tidal CO2, and pulse oximetary Calibrates and maintains pulmonary function equipment, and other departmental equipment in accordance with manufacturers recommendations, and departmental standards.
  • With appropriate training, the therapist assists in the performance of bronchoscopes, sleep studies, bronchial provocation, and exercise testing for evaluation of hypoxemia and/or desaturation studies.
  • Maintains departmental documentation including, but not limited to:
    • Patient Charting
    • Departmental Therapy Records
    • Quality Assurance
    • Patient Charges
  • Assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of departmental quality assurance programs and audits as assigned.

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.

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