JOB SUMMARY Administers respiratory therapy and life support to patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies and or abnormalities, under the direction of the physician by an order or by following protocol, by performing the following duties: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Evaluates patient status, assesses, and assigns therapy objectives.
Determines requirements for treatment such as type and duration of therapy, medication, and dosages.
Determines most suitable method of administering treatments, precautions to be observed, and modifications which may be needed that will be compatible with physician's orders.
Sets up and operates equipment such as mechanical ventilators, CPAP or BIPAP machines, oxygen tanks, etc.
Monitors patient's physiological responses to therapy.
Performs ventilator management, airway management, and responds to Code 55 pages.
Performs stat, emergent procedures as necessary.
Performs pulmonary function screens.
Observes equipment function and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum results to therapy.
Consults with physician in event of adverse reactions.
Documents in patient's chart pertinent information related to treatment given.
Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently.
Orders repairs when needed.
Demonstrates respiratory care procedures to trainees and other health care personnel.
CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following behavior expectations: Quality
Follows policies and procedures; adapts to and manages changes in the environment; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness giving attention to details; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Manages time and prioritizes effectively to achieve organizational goals.
Responds promptly to requests for service and assistance; Follows the Mercyhealth Critical Moments of service; Meets commitments; Abides by MH confidentiality and security agreement; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; and effectively communicates information to partners; Thinks system wide regarding processes and functions.
Shows commitment to the Mission of Mercyhealth and Culture of Excellence through all words and actions; Exhibits objectivity and openness to other's views; Demonstrates a high level of participation and engagement in day-to-day work; Gives and welcomes feedback; Generates suggestions for improving work: Embraces teamwork, supports and encourages positive change while giving value to individuals.
Conserves organization resources; Understands fiscal responsibility; Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue.
Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Able to read and interpret written information.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE Graduate of an approved Respiratory Therapist Program Associate's degree (A.
A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school.
CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE Respiratory Licensed in state of practice Registered or registry eligible through the National Board of Respiratory Therapy Approved CPR or BLS certification Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) within 30 days ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS Passing the Drivers License Check and/or Credit Check (for those positions requiring). Passing the WI Caregiver Background Check and/or IL Health Care Workers Background Check.
Must be able to follow written/oral instructions.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES Good mathematical skills to compute and calibrate equipment Good interpersonal skills WORK ENVIRONMENT Occupational Exposure: Category A
All partners in the specified job classification have occupational exposure.
AGE OF PATIENTS SERVED Neonate (birth 28 days) Infant (29 days less than 1 year) Pediatric (1 year 12 years) Adolescents (13 years 17 years) Adult (18 years 64 years) Geriatric (65 years and older) INFORMATION ACCESS Partner may access patient care information needed to perform their job duties.
WORK CONTACT GROUP Patients, physicians, families, vendors, public, regulatory and government agencies, and other hospital/clinic personnel.
SPECIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS The Special Physical Demands are considered Essential Job Functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb, balance, talk and hear.
The employee is occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, taste, and smell.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include frequent ability to adjust focus and occasional distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally exert up to 100 pounds of force.
LEVEL OF SUPV/SUPERVISES This job has no supervisory responsibilities.