Requisition #: 184042
Title: Supervisor, Respiratory Therapy
Department: Respiratory Therapy
Posting Date: August 14, 2018
Shift: Evenings and/or /Nights
Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center University Campus
mix of late evening and night shifts with on call rotation
UMass Memorial Medical Center is the region's trusted academic medical center, and part of the UMass Memorial Health Care system. We are committed to improving the health of people in Central Massachusetts through excellence in care, comprehensive health services, teaching and research.
Directs, coordinates, and supervises respiratory care personnel in the daily operations of the respiratory care department. Collaborates with the manager to manage and direct the execution of professional respiratory care practice.
Responsible and accountable for planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating staff development and educational activities. Assures the quality of patient care delivered through ongoing assessment, coaching, and staff development.
Licensure by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Respiratory Therapist required. Minimum of two year Associate Degree in Respiratory Care.
Four year Bachelor degree strongly preferred.
Thorough knowledge of the specialized field of respiratory care. Minimum of three to five years experience in critical and acute care preferred.
Two years experience in a supervisory/leadership role. PICU/NICU experience strongly preferred. NBRC registered. Current BLS certification (AHA). Current NRP (Memorial Campus).
Must have solid technical knowledge of operation of various respiratory equipment modalities and specialty devices. Respects and maintains the confidentiality of patient related information.
Works independently. Possesses strong time management skills. Ability to write accurate and concise clinical documents.
Ability to collect and analyze data using statistical methods. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to problem-solve. Ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the department and with department customers. Ability to work in multiple computer platforms simultaneously, excellent computer skills.
Coordinates clinical practice and deployment of resources to ensure implementation of respiratory care processes, adherence to standards, and compliance with regulatory standards. Assesses the number and competency level of staff in each assigned area and adjusts staffing appropriately to meet patient care needs.
Manages and directs work responsibilities to ensure optimal patient outcomes and satisfaction. Participates in completion of staff schedules and coordinates activities with patient care areas and other related departments. Participates in equal share of on call with other supervisors.
Identifies issues in respiratory care delivery and seeks solutions for problems. Documents actions taken.
Resolves operational issues and evaluates the impact of solutions to ensure goals are achieved. Demonstrates decision-making skills by establishing priorities and initiating actions.
Maintains safe operation of respiratory care equipment by adhering to hospital safety regulations. Evaluates new equipment, coordinates inventory of equipment and supplies, troubleshoots and coordinates equipment repairs and preventive maintenance with Biomedical Engineering.
Covers for the respiratory care manager in his/her absence. Works with the manager to develop and maintain departmental policies, procedures, and objectives and ensures respiratory care practice standards and health and safety requirements are met. Keeps respiratory care manager informed of workloads, changes in patient and employee needs, and other personnel or operational problems.
Accomplishes respiratory care human resource objectives by participating in the interviewing and hiring processes for new employees. Provides and coordinates orientation and required training.
Communicates job expectations, resolves grievances, and actively participates and completes evaluations of staff performance and attendance. Provides disciplinary action as appropriate in collaboration with manager. Makes recommendations on transfers, promotions, salary changes, terminations, and similar actions.
Designs, organizes, implements, and evaluates orientation, in-service, and continuing education programs for staff in assigned areas, and ensures that staff attains defined competencies.
Participates in strategic planning, implementation, evaluation, and revision of systems to support and enhance the competence, autonomy, and accountability of the respiratory care staff.
Provides input to the preparation of the annual capital and operating budgets related to staffing and equipment needs.
Maintains the efficient daily operations of the department within budget parameters.
Exercises cost-containment strategies and educates staff in such practices. Manages activities to assure financial goals are met.
Develops expertise of respiratory care staff with patients and patient populations.
Develops curricula, instructional materials, tests, and evaluation tools, evaluates commercially produced materials, and maintains current educational supplies and equipment. Makes changes to the curricula based on feedback and current clinical and/or educational evidence.
Promotes evidence-based educational methods and technologies that support development of respiratory care expertise.
Ensures staff has current licensure and credentials. Ensures staff meets required competencies for respiratory care practice.
Coordinates student clinical experiences with faculty from respiratory care schools and other disciplines that utilize our clinical site for education.
Keeps current on best practice standards of respiratory care practice and education. Identifies policies, standards, and practices not in compliance with current standards and communicates needed revisions through respiratory and critical care leadership.
Assists manager and other respiratory care staff with projects and activities that support respiratory care initiatives. Supports/participates in current research activities that involve respiratory care responsibilities.
Fosters a collaborative professional relationship with physicians, nursing and all hospital disciplines to assure effective operations, development of best practice standards and quality patient care.
Coordinates the assignment of tasks and helps resolve technical and operational problems. Evaluates the impact of solutions to ensure goals are achieved.
Provides effective direction, guidance, and leadership over staff for effective teamwork and motivation, and fosters the effective integration of efforts with system-wide initiatives.
Encourages and supports diverse views and approaches, creating an environment of professionalism, respect, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.
Integrates diversity into departmental objectives, such as hiring, promotions, training, vendor selections, etc.
Participates in performance improvement initiatives and demonstrates the use of quality improvement in daily operations.
Ensures compliance with regulatory agencies such as Joint Commission, DPH, etc. Develops and maintains procedures necessary to meet regulatory requirements.
Ensures that department complies with hospital established policies, quality assurance programs, safety, and infection control policies and procedures.
Ensures adequate equipment and supplies for department.
Develops and maintains established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives.
Ensures compliance to all health and safety regulations and requirements.
Performs similar or related duties as required or directed.
All responsibilities are essential job functions.
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