ST. CHARLES HEALTH SYSTEM
TITLE: Respiratory Therapist II
REPORTS TO POSITION: Manager Respiratory Therapy
DEPARTMENT: Respiratory Therapy
DATE LAST REVIEWED: August 16, 2017
OUR VISION: Creating America's healthiest community, together
OUR MISSION: In the spirit of love and compassion, better health, better care, better value
OUR VALUES: Accountability, Caring and Teamwork
DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: At St.
Charles, the team of physicians and respiratory therapists use specially developed protocols to determine each patient's plan of care, and adjust the course of action for every individual's condition. Respiratory therapist treat many different disease, which include Asthma, Bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Neuromuscular and Metabolic Disorders, Pneumonia and Pulmonary Fibrosis. The team also assists people with respiratory complications from heart attacks, trauma, premature birth, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS and more.
Respiratory therapists serve patients on an outpatient basis as well as throughout St.
Charles Health System's four hospitals, providing coverage 24-hours-a-day.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Respiratory Therapist II provides respiratory assessment, support, treatment and diagnostic tests as part of the healthcare team in accordance with the St.
Charles Health System's mission, philosophy, policies, and procedures while applying standards for professional respiratory practice in the clinical setting. The Respiratory Therapist performs duties according to physician's orders, utilizing knowledge and judgment in regard to technique and patient treatment. The Respiratory Therapist will be responsible for adult, geriatric, pediatric and neonatal patient respiratory care as assigned. This position does not directly supervise any other caregivers.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:
Manages, assesses, plans, and evaluates care for patients with acute and/or chronic cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities Performs established respiratory care procedures for patients within department scope of practice
Patient monitoring- Monitors arterial blood gases, EtC02, SP02, blood pressure, vital signs, and other monitoring related to hemodynamics.
Performs EKGs as needed at some locations.
Additional job related duties may include participation in Code Blue, Trauma Team, Rapid Response, Neonatal resusistation and high risk newborn deliveries.
Calculates dosages and administers medications accurately in accordance with St.
Charles Health System policies and procedures for medication administration.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers, patients and guests.
Documents all patient care with proficiency in compliance with hospital policies, procedures and regulatory agencies.
Identifies work-related problems with possible solutions and implements solution(s) (within scope of practice), when appropriate.
Participates in creating a healing environment that supports all aspects of the care environment and the wholeness of each individual, patient and caregiver.
Participates in creating intentional relationships and demonstrates focus attitudes and behaviors that enhance the care experience.
Provides a therapeutic presence in service to others by purposefully responding to the needs of patients in a caring way, including introducing oneself and explaining role in patient's care, asking the patient his or her preferred name, sitting with the patient to determine his or her care goals, active listening, and communicating effectively and appropriately through touch, eye contact, etc.
Supports the vision, mission and values of the organization in all respects.
Supports Value Improvement Practice (VIP- Lean) principles of continuous improvement with energy and enthusiasm, functioning as a champion of change.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers, patients and guests
Conducts all activities with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the organization's corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violation of applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all organizational investigations and proceedings.
Delivers customer service and/or patient care in a manner that promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate.
May perform additional duties of similar complexity within the organization, as required or assigned.
Lead Therapist - (In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed above)
Provides guidance and leadership for staff during assigned shifts (acts as a resource, makes decisions as necessary).
Distributes workload for shift and assures proper assignments per qualifications/credentials of staff. Assesses staffing througout the shift, makes adjustments as necessary and assures staffing needs are addressed for the oncoming shift.
Performs quality assurance audits
Provides manager with feedback of departmental needs and therapist performance.
Acts as a role model for the Respiratory Therapy staff in maintaining departmental policies and procedures and demonstrates leadership skills in handling interpersonal conflict and communication.
Required: As required for Respiratory Care Practitioner licensure/certification
Preferred: Bachelor of Science
Required: Current Respiratory Therapist licensure with the Oregon Health Licensing office.
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) registration.
NRP required to be assigned to NICU/FBC or to function as a lead therapists
ACLS, and PALS within six (6) months of hire
AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification.
Valid Oregon driver's license and ability to meet St.
Charles Health System driving requirements.
Ability to travel to all St.
Charles Health System worksites as required.
Preferred: At least 2 years of hospital experience
Emergency and trauma experience
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the job safely.
ADDITIONAL POSITION INFORMATION:
Ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels within St Charles Health System and patients/family members/customers.
Must have excellent communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse population and professionally represent St Charles Health System.
Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Strong team working and collaborative skills.
Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.
Basic to intermediate ability and experience in computer applications, specifically electronic medical records system and MS Office.
Continually (75% or more): Standing and walking, keyboard operation, use of clear and audible speaking voice and the ability to hear normal speech level.
Frequently (50%): Sitting, lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling 1-25 pounds. The use and operation of a motor vehicle for Home Health and Wound Caregivers.
Occasionally (25%): Bending, stooping/kneeling/crouching, climbing ladder/step-stool (varies by area), reaching overhead, lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling 25-50 pounds, grasping/squeezing, ability to hear whispered speech level.
Rarely (10%): Climbing stairs.
Never (0%): Climbing ladder/step-stool (varies by area), operation of a motor vehicle.
Exposure to Elemental Factors
Rarely (10%): Wet/slippery area, chemical solution.
Never (0%): Heat, cold, noise, dust, vibration, uneven surface.
Blood-Borne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Category
Risk for Exposure to BBP
Schedule Weekly Hours:
Variable (United States of America)
Is Exempt Position?
Scheduled Days of the Week:
Variable; includes every other weekend and holidays
Shift Start & End Time:
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