In this position, the Registered Respiratory Therapist will demonstrate the SVH Core Vales at all times. The associate will work collaboratively with the Respiratory Therapy manager, supervisor and lead staff, who oversee and coordinate patient care provided by the Respiratory Therapy department. The associate will be accountable for carrying out all respiratory care ordered by physicians according to approved policies, procedures and guidelines, and will keeps abreast of any changes by attending department staff meetings and huddles.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Maintains required certifications, including BLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP
Operates, maintains, and monitors a wide variety of equipment including ventilators and those that are involved in the administration of prescribed gases and inhaled medication.
Performs arterial punctures, arterial line sampling and operates POC ABG instruments
Cleans and maintains artificial airways as directed
Acts as a clinical resource to nursing staff by assisting with decision-making, assessment, treatment and documentation of respiratory care
Works with other members of the inter-disciplinary healthcare team and the patient/family to assist in comprehensive respiratory care
Communicates professionally and effectively at all times and demonstrates excellent teamwork
Actively participates in activities that improve patient care and contribute to quality improvement
Patient Care and Assessment
Reviews patient's chart and obtains history for pertinent information before each therapy or procedure
Performs accurate patient assessment and orders appropriate therapies based on the Respiratory Therapy Evaluation and Treatment protocol
Notes any changes in therapy or testing due to patient condition
Sets up equipment for age specific needs and collaborates with physician and nursing staff to make adjustments
Provides patient/family education regarding disease process, indications for and use of medications, signs and symptoms of exacerbation and ordered therapies and diagnostic tests
Documentation and Correspondence
Documents patient assessments, care plans, therapies, procedures, medications, equipment setup and supply charges, time outs for procedures and critical values
Ensures physician 's orders are in EMR and that verbal orders are written per hospital policy
Frequently reviews outstanding orders during the shift and communicates changes to Lead Therapist
Provides comprehensive patient 'hand off" communication
Submits accurate and timely patient charges
Certification by National Board of Respiratory Care Program and ability to successfully pass the Registry examination within six months of hire date
Current licensure by Montana Board of Respiratory Care
Current BLS certification
Ability to obtain PALS, ACLS & NRP certifications within 6 months of hire date
Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically within a multi-functional team
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to successfully function in a fast paced, service oriented environment
Experience in understanding and usage of computers as well as the ability to learn applications relevant to the position
We reveal and foster God's healing love by improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
Inspired by our faith,
•We will be distinguished as the premier person-centered health system and trusted partner.
•We will share accountability with clinicians and other stakeholders to coordinate care across all settin...gs and improve access, quality, health outcomes, and affordability.
•We will grow as community-based health networks to serve more people in partnerships with others who share our vision and values.
Caring Spirit - We honor the sacred dignity of each person.
Excellence - We set and surpass high standards.
Good Humor - We create joyful and welcoming environments.
Integrity - We do the right thing with openness and pride.
Safety - We deliver care that seeks to eliminate all harm for patients and associates.
Stewardship - We are accountable for the resources entrusted to us.