Respiratory Care Practitioner

Elliot Health System Manchester , NH 03101

Posted 3 months ago

POSITION SUMMARY: Full-time, 36 hours weekly, every other weekend and rotating weekdays. 6:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.# Provides a wide range of respiratory care services to patients, ranging from infants to geriatric age groups, as directed by physician#s orders in all settings but the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This individual works independently as a licensed clinician. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Administers aerosolized medication, chest physiotherapy, airway clearance techniques,and hyperinflation therapy upon physician orders/protocols. Administers oxygen and participates in patient care decisions regarding oxygen administration, utilizing respiratory assessment skills and lab results. Draws, analyzes and interprets arterial blood gases. Participates in patient education and evaluation. Assesses patient#s vital signs, breath sounds, patient history, etc. Participates as a member of the Trauma/Code 9, Critical Assessment and Critical Care Transport Teams. Performs CPR and airway management Consults patients at physician#s and nurse#s request to expedite appropriate respiratory care. Assists physician with fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Documents patient involvement in medical record. Initiates and changes invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation according to protocol in physician#s absence. Changes ventilator setting according to protocol and/or physician order. Conducts apnea tests for determination of brain death. Maintains, assembles, troubleshoots, disinfects, prepares for sterilization and documents for repair all respiratory care devices. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE # SKILLS Ability to deliver patient care in a manner that is appropriate to patient#s age, physical ability and intellectual development. Must demonstrate proficiency in assessing treatment and responses and adapting care to meet the needs of the patient population served; pediatric, adolescent, adult and/or geriatric. Maintains knowledge of recent advances in medical principles of respiratory therapy equipment, procedures, and drugs. Demonstrates knowledge of specialized examinations and tests associated with respiratory therapy and understand the reasons for the individual patient#s needs and respiratory therapy plan. Good interpersonal skills. Excellent communication skills both oral and written. EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSURE Education: Minimum of an Associates Degree and passed CRT or RRT exam. Experience: One year clinical experience preferred. Trained and competent to perform all necessary procedures on a population of Newborn, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric patients. Certification/Licensure:#Ability to obtain BLS qualification during orientation period and maintain during employment. Certified Respiratory Therapist or Registered Respiratory Therapist by the National Board for Respiratory Care and State of NH Respiratory Care Practitioner License. ACLS required within 6 months of hire. PALS required within 6 months of hire.

  • POSITION SUMMARY: Full-time, 36 hours weekly, every other weekend and rotating weekdays. 6:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

  • Provides a wide range of respiratory care services to patients, ranging from infants to geriatric age groups, as directed by physician's orders in all settings but the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This individual works independently as a licensed clinician.

  • KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Administers aerosolized medication, chest physiotherapy, airway clearance techniques,and hyperinflation therapy upon physician orders/protocols.

  • Administers oxygen and participates in patient care decisions regarding oxygen administration, utilizing respiratory assessment skills and lab results. Draws, analyzes and interprets arterial blood gases.

  • Participates in patient education and evaluation. Assesses patient's vital signs, breath sounds, patient history, etc.

  • Participates as a member of the Trauma/Code 9, Critical Assessment and Critical Care Transport Teams.

  • Performs CPR and airway management

  • Consults patients at physician's and nurse's request to expedite appropriate respiratory care.

  • Assists physician with fiberoptic bronchoscopy.

  • Documents patient involvement in medical record.

  • Initiates and changes invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation according to protocol in physician's absence. Changes ventilator setting according to protocol and/or physician order.

  • Conducts apnea tests for determination of brain death.

  • Maintains, assembles, troubleshoots, disinfects, prepares for sterilization and documents for repair all respiratory care devices.

  • REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

  • Ability to deliver patient care in a manner that is appropriate to patient's age, physical ability and intellectual development. Must demonstrate proficiency in assessing treatment and responses and adapting care to meet the needs of the patient population served; pediatric, adolescent, adult and/or geriatric.

  • Maintains knowledge of recent advances in medical principles of respiratory therapy equipment, procedures, and drugs.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of specialized examinations and tests associated with respiratory therapy and understand the reasons for the individual patient's needs and respiratory therapy plan.

  • Good interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.

  • EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSURE

  • Education: Minimum of an Associates Degree and passed CRT or RRT exam.

  • Experience: One year clinical experience preferred. Trained and competent to perform all necessary procedures on a population of Newborn, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric patients.

  • Certification/Licensure: Ability to obtain BLS qualification during orientation period and maintain during employment. Certified Respiratory Therapist or Registered Respiratory Therapist by the National Board for Respiratory Care and State of NH Respiratory Care Practitioner License. ACLS required within 6 months of hire. PALS required within 6 months of hire.

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