Respiratory Therapist - Registered, REQ# 6675, PD, As Needed
Company: Steward Health Care System
Posted on: September 6, 2019
Must be available 12 weekend shifts per year Must be available for
2 holiday shifts per year (Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor
Day) and one winter (Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's)
Must be available 2 additional shifts per month This position is
covered by the SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement Job Summary:
Provide high quality, thorough, safe, and aseptic respiratory care,
in all recognized modes, to patients of all ages. Responsibilities:
• Performs patient assessments in all age categories,
including but not limited to, breath sounds, adequacy of
ventilation and oxygenation, pulse rate, description of cough and
sputum production, patients color, level of
consciousness/mentation, and learning ability. • Provides
aerosolized bronchodilator, steroid, mucolytic, and antibiotic
medications to newborn, infant, child, adolescent, adult, and
geriatric patient populations via hand nebulizer or IPPB.
Evaluates appropriateness and effectiveness of procedure.
Explains benefits and possible side effects to patients and/or
family members. • Provides all recognized forms of oxygen
therapy and aerosol therapy to newborn, infant, child, adolescent,
adult, and geriatric patient populations. Evaluates
appropriateness and effectiveness of therapy. Explains
benefits and possible side effects to patients and/or family
members. Performs room-to-room rounds according to
established policy. • Performs oximetry testing, to include
spot checks, resting and exercise, continuous, and overnight
studies. • Initiates and maintains continuous mechanical and
non-invasive ventilation according to established protocol.
Continuous ventilation utilizing the PB 7200 Ventilator and the
Servo i ventilator. Non-invasive ventilation to include CPAP
and BiPAP. Performs appropriate ventilatory mechanics (Vt,
VC, IF) • Accurately takes telephone orders from physicians,
limited to respiratory care procedures and medications, oxygen
therapy, ventilator settings, and other procedures provided by the
Respiratory Care Department. • Performs arterial blood gas
punctures according to established protocol. Recognizes
critical values and communicates such to appropriate parties.
Draws off Arterial Lines according to established protocol.
• Provides chest physical therapy techniques, to include
cupping and clapping, flutter valve, vest airway clearance, and
vibration, to infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric
patient • populations. Evaluates appropriateness and
effectiveness of therapy. Explains benefits and possible side
effects to patients and/or family members. • Instructs
patients, or family members, in all forms of education, including
asthma education, smoking cessation, metered dose inhalers, and
peak flow. Understands cognitive limitations and accesses
appropriate resources (interpreter or parent/guardian).
• Utilizes the appropriate self-inflating bag, depending on
the age of the patient, and maintains artificial ventilation.
Utilizes the appropriate artificial airway and provides bronchial
hygiene as needed. • Documents all therapy given in the
appropriate area of the patient's medical record. Documents in the
appropriate area in the Respiratory Therapy Department. Documents
all patient education in the appropriate area. • Enters all
charges, according to established policy. Accesses the EMR
when appropriate. • Demonstrates judicious and conscientious
use of equipment and supplies. Tracks equipment and returns
to the department when not in use. Participates in the
replenishing of oxygen cylinders in the appropriate locations
throughout the hospital. • Changes disposable equipment as
according to policy. Cleans large items (ventilators etc.)
according to established protocol. Properly assembles
equipment post-cleaning. Delivers items to CSR that require
sterilization and picks up items ready for return to department.
• Establishes and maintains effective and supportive
relationships with patients and their families. • Recognizes
own learning needs and assumes responsibility for professional
growth through continuing
. Qualifications: • Respiratory Practitioner Certification by
the National Board of Respiratory Care; • licensed by the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. • ACLS and BLS certified.
Keywords: Steward Health Care System, Methuen , Respiratory Therapist - Registered, REQ# 6675, PD, As Needed, Other , Methuen, Massachusetts
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