Performs patient assessments and procedures related to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Demonstrates clinical skill and cognitive ability in the implementation of therapist driven protocols, the set up and maintenance of respiratory related equipment, the administration of medications, and performs invasive procedures. Participates in patient, family, and multi-disciplinary education. Works with patients of all ages and is competent to operate age appropriate equipment in the emergency trauma, acute and sub-acute areas of Mercy Health Saint Mary's. Emphasis is on the maintenance of life support equipment along with related treatments and procedures designed to support or improve a patient's cardio-respiratory status.
Minimum: Graduation from an accredited Respiratory Therapy Program offering Associate's degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Completes level I and level II therapist competency validation requirements.
Minimum: Respiratory Care Practitioner licensure by the State of Michigan. Credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). BCLS certification.
Preferred: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification, Neonatal Resuscitation Practioner (NRP) certification
Minimum: At least six (6) months of clinical experience as a Respiratory Therapist or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Minimum: Demonstrated competency in all Adult, Pediatric and Neonatal applications of Respiratory Care Effective written and verbal communication skills and customer service skills. Ability to relate to people with diverse backgrounds and educational levels. Effective problem-solving skills. Ability to manage high volume of workload and to remain organized and composed with frequent interruptions. Analytical skills to determine appropriate methods of therapy based upon patient assessment and diagnostic reports for use in modifying therapy and suggesting alternatives. Troubleshooting equipment as needed.
Familiarity with standard desktop and Windows based computer system, including email, e-learning, intranet and computer navigation. Ability to use other software required to perform essential functions.
Requires physical strength and stamina for considerable standing, walking, frequent lifting and positioning of patients. Requires the physical ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Continuously exposed to vapor - fumes, gases, radiation, infectious diseases, hazardous liquids, sharp medical devices, hazardous chemicals and waste, and mechanical/electrical equipment. Ability to lift up to a maximum of 35lbs. and perform push/pull tasks that require a maximum force of 35 lbs. Ability to physically operate safe patient movement equipment in compliance with the Safe Patient Movement Policy. WORKING CONDITIONS
Potential exposure to infectious disease, sharp instruments, radiation, vapors, fumes, blood and body fluids, electrical shock, and hazardous chemicals. Work in a high stress environment with multiple conflicting patient demands. Works in close proximity and with other staff in a team-dependent environment. AGES OF PATIENTS SERVED
Newborns Pediatrics Adolescents Adults Geriatrics NA
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• Flexibility - Demonstrates exceptional ability and willingness to take on new and additional responsibilities. Embraces new ideas and cultural differences while managing competing priorities.
• Accountability - Willingly accepts personal responsibility for decisions, actions, attitudes and behaviors that contribute to the overall effectiveness of the organization. Communicates effectively, follows through on assignments, uses resources efficiently, participates in learning opportunities and treats others with respect and dignity.
• Excellence - Serves as a role model and performs job responsibilities to the highest standards in every situation. Delivers "Something More" that ensures a more complete and personally satisfying experience for every customer.
• Focus - Understands and demonstrates behaviors consistent with the mission and values of the organization while contributing to the overall success of the strategic plan. All actions are rooted in providing excellent customer service.
• Perform therapist driven protocols, patient assessments, administration of medications, and evaluates patient response to therapies. Documents performance and results of therapies. Performs all actions (therapeutic and diagnostic) according to policy and procedure (inclusive of NICU transport).
• Participates in patient, family, and multi-disciplinary education.
• Professional responsibility for continued learning.
• Accurately maintains the Order Entry and Charging system related to services rendered.
• Assists with data collection and projects for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and the Respiratory Care Department process improvement plan.
• Supervises and assists in the training of new employees and students.
• Cleans, assembles, maintains and troubleshoots all Respiratory Care Department equipment while utilizing supplies and resources in a cost-effective manner.
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - Participates as a member of the CPR team.
• Performs other related duties as assigned. SYSTEMS AND INFORMATION
To ensure appropriate utilization of Protected Health Information (PHI) associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Saint Mary's Confidentiality of Information Standards, as well as other regulatory entities, individuals employed in this position will be granted systems and information access as appropriate for this position. DISCLAIMER
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. The listed duties may be changed at the discretion of the incumbent's supervisor.
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