Respiratory Therapist (casual)

18-Nov-2017, The Hospital - Nursing

Job Summary

Accountable and responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and evaluating all respiratory needs and treatments to facilitate optimal outcomes for patients from birth through 21 years, and select adult patients. In collaboration with the physician and Director of Nursing, determines the appropriateness of therapy and treatment modalities

Job Relationships

Responsible To: Director of Nursing, RT Clinical Leader

Workers Supervised: None


Education: Required: Graduate of an approved American Medical Association School of Respiratory Therapy. Preferred: Associate/Bachelors Degree in Respiratory Therapy

Licensure: A current license as a Respiratory Therapist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Certification: N/A

Clearances: Act 73 FBI, Act 34 Criminal Clearance, Act 33 Child Clearance

**Clearances must be obtained within 30 days of hire in order to continue active employment.

Training and Experience: Required: Minimum 1 year Respiratory Care experience. Preferred: Respiratory care experience with pediatric patients. Current BLS certification.

Must be able to move or reposition patients of any weight or size with the assistance of another person(s) and/or equipment.

Job Responsibilities

Able to perform all functions for the respiratory assessment, treatment, and care of pediatric and select adult patients as outlined in the Respiratory Therapy Department policies.
Provides patient care under the direction of a physician for dependent respiratory functions and in collaboration with the physician for interdependent respiratory functions.
Set-up, maintains and monitors all forms of oxygen delivery devices and systems.
Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates patients for the appropriateness of respiratory therapy.
Determines requirements for treatment such as type, method and duration of therapy, precautions to be taken and medications/dosages in accordance with physician orders.
Determines effectiveness of therapies ordered and consults physicians for clarification.
Acts as a resource to nursing staff, physicians, students and therapists regarding respiratory care; safe, effective methods of administering therapy; technical aspects of respiratory therapy.
Evaluates patients on therapy according to assessment findings; is knowledgeable of indications, contraindications and hazards of special respiratory procedures.
Initiates/maintains ventilation and assesses how the patient responds to ventilator therapy, recommends intervention as needed.
Assess, complete and maintain trach/airway care.
Responds to all Rapid Response and Condition calls; provides emergency care including artificial respiration and assistance with CPR. Performs emergent and routine airway care and adheres to established procedures when performing care.
Cleans and assembles equipment and maintains equipment using manufacturer’s recommendations.

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Lisa Wakefield
[email protected]
The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
1405 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Fax: 412-420-2299

No phone calls, please. Resumes and cover letters will only be accepted in PDF format if sent via email. You may also fax them to the number above. The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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