Kindred Healthcare Greenwood , IN 46142

Posted 2 months ago

Community Rehabilitation Hospital South is a 44-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital on the south side of Indianapolis, a patient-focused, specialized rehabilitation hospital dedicated to the treatment and recovery of individuals who have experienced a loss of function due to an injury or illness such as brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, amputation and multiple trauma.

This position is PRN.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Nurse Manager, the Respiratory Therapist is responsible for providing cardiopulmonary care services in accordance with specific physician's orders, department policies and procedures.


  • Maintains knowledge of the various methods of oxygen delivery, including the necessary equipment. Remains alert to and assesses possible side effects to oxygen delivery.

  • Administers respiratory therapy treatments, understands the purpose of each and the possible side effects associated with each.

  • Able to assess patient pain interfering with optimal level of function or participation in rehabilitation. Makes appropriate physician contact for intervention.

  • Performs arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood samples for blood gas analysis, and understands the possible complications and contraindications associated with the procedure.

  • Follows departmental equipment sterilization procedures.

  • Documents all pertinent data on the patient's medical record following completion of any service.

  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of all departmental forms, flow charts, logbooks and their proper usage.

  • Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.

  • Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently.

  • Maintains thorough knowledge of hazards of oxygen therapy.

  • Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs of a patient and evaluates effectiveness of learning. Patient's family is included in teaching as appropriate.

  • Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Coordinates and directs patient care to ensure patients' needs are met and that hospital policy is followed.

  • Demonstrates ability to assess patient, his/her need, and ability to tolerate treatment and reassessment for response to treatment.

  • Attends education in-service programs to maintain professional competency. Obtains appropriate hospital-specific education and training.

  • Performs all additional duties as assigned by the department manager.

  • Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.

  • Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the differences in techniques and treatment modalities as performed on patients of varying ages, including geriatric patients, as well as the general patient population.

  • Performs Performance Improvement initiatives and helps to identify risks in the environment and staff that would interfere with the pulmonary health of our patients. Reports these initiatives to Patient Safety Committee and Quality Committee.

  • Assists with discharge planning as it relates to respiratory equipment and respiratory care.

Professional Requirements:

  • Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean.

  • Maintains regulatory requirements, including all state, federal and Joint Commission regulations.

  • Maintains and ensures patient confidentiality at all times.

  • Reports to work on time and as scheduled.

  • Wears identification while on duty.

  • Attends departmental in-services and completes annual competencies/education requirements.

  • Works at maintaining a good rapport and a cooperative working relationship with physicians, departments and staff.

  • Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.

  • Complies with policies and procedures regarding department operations, fire, safety, infection control and emergency management.

  • Complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.

  • Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the hospital, as well as the focus statement of the department.


  • Current State Respiratory Therapist Licensure.

  • Graduate of an AMA-approved School of Respiratory Therapy.

  • Current CPR certification.

  • Three (3) or more years of previous experience in all aspects of cardiopulmonary services.

  • Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.

  • Additional languages preferred.

  • Strong written and verbal skills.

  • Basic computer knowledge.

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