Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY:

Administration of Respiratory Care to Inpatient and Outpatient populations

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Performs all therapeutic treatments in a complete and timely manner.                                                            
  • Performs arterial blood gas (ABG) drawing and ABG, Cord pH, and Venous pH analysis efficiently, safely "within an appropriate time"                                                                                                                                        
  • Performs Pulmonary Function testing and Six Minute Walk test efficiently, safely and as ordered.                           
  • Educates patients about the method and necessity of performing        respiratory treatments in order to insure therapeutic outcomes.                                                                                                                          
  • Identifies the appropriate patient and administers the correct therapy or diagnostic care on a routine basis.              
  • Maintains equipment in a functional and sanitary condition to provide effective and safe care.                                
  • Maintains technical competency in quality control of the blood gas analyzers.                                                          
  • Operates and maintains mechanical ventilators to achieve the best respiratory state for each patient.            
  • Suggests appropriate changes in respiratory care to nurses and physicians as patient’s respiratory status changes.          
  • Responds to emergency situations immediately in a calm and professional manner and ensures the adequate maintenance of ventilation during cardiopulmonary resuscitation or other respiratory crisis.                                   
  • Reports to the oncoming shift concisely and completely.
  • Incorporates all appropriate events and observations into the patient’s record in a timely manner.                            
  • Strictly obeys hospital infection control and isolation procedures.                                                                 
  • Assimilates all new orders for respiratory procedures into the assigned daily work within the shift ordered.
  • Appropriately triage therapy assignments to insure critical therapy is completed and not deferred to routine care.    
  • Cleans, maintains, and sets up equipment to ready it for future use. Cleans and maintains respiratory work and storage areas to allow efficient uncluttered use of these spaces.                                                                             
  • Maintains the technical capability to assess patients’ respiratory status based on age-related categories.                       
  • Fills the Charge Therapist role fairly and effectively.
  • Performs assigned inservice education, performance improvement or policy revision tasks efficiently.
  • Reports to nurses and physicians all notable deterioration or improvement in a patient’s condition.
  • Maintains an understanding of current projects, events and policies by attending department staff meetings, monitoring electronic messaging or reading minutes of hospital meetings.

 

Management of Time and Resources:

  • Completes work assignments within an acceptable time frame.
  • Uses time and resources to the best possible advantage for successful completion of job responsibilities.
  • Develops and maintains efficient working relationships.
  • Is reliable in respect to attendance.
  • Is Reliable in respect to punctuality.
  • Recognizes the importance of team efforts and partners with others to achieve positive outcomes.

 

 

 

Quality:

  • Is part of a team effort to insure quality services.
  • Offers creative solutions or alternatives to issues or concerns.
  • Produces quality results.
  • Continually strives to improve the quality of work.
  • Accepts responsibility for all work performed and takes appropriate corrective action as needed.

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS:

  • Is cooperative in interactions, treating customers with courtesy, respect and compassion.
  • Is patient when responding to questions and answers questions appropriately.
  • Responds to requests in a timely manner.
  • Handles interruptions in a skillful way.
  • Maintains a professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Strives to prevent/resolve customer concerns to the customer’s satisfaction

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

  • Is responsible for ongoing development of his/her work skills through the use of available resources (i.e.:  inservices, formal educational programs, other work groups and on-the-job training).
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and inservices and/or reviews documentation as required.
  • Assists in the orientation of others and actively participates in mentoring.
  • Performs analytical and decision making functions with minimal supervision.
  • Recognizes and seeks assistance/consultation when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of relative Hospital and all-departmental policies and procedures including safety issues.
  • Possesses awareness of programs/services provided by Hospital and where they are located.

 

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSURE/TECHNICAL/OTHER:

Required Qualifications:

  • Certification by the National Board of Respiratory Care
  • License in Respiratory Care by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • AHA BLS Certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registration by the National Board of Respiratory Care
  • BS in Respiratory Care or related field. 
  • ACLS and NPR preferred.

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