Respiratory Therapist

  • Wilson Health
  • Sidney, OH
  • Aug 25, 2021

Job Description

Implements the pulmonary and cardiac regimen and assists with pulmonary and cardiac patient support.   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.   Under the direction of the manager, assists in meeting the physical and emotional needs of the patient.  The patient population would include: a)  the pediatric patient b)  the adolescent patient c)  the young-middle aged adult patient, and d)  the geriatric patient.   Assists with the orientation of new participants and development of plan of care.   Supervises exercise sessions, monitors patients and assesses patient before, during, and after exercise.   Assists in data collection for exercise prescription as needed.   Instructs in breathing exercises and muscle strengthening to facilitate the exercise program for those patients with chronic pulmonary disease and post MI or surgery cases.   Documents respiratory and cardiac components of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation protocol.   Recommends appropriate nursing and pulmonary intervention and need for further treatment or referral in patients' respiratory care.   Initiates referrals for home pulmonary equipment and services.   Attends Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation team conferences to report patient progress and advise team of future plan.   Assists physicians with cardiac tilt testing and dobutamine stress tests.   Cleans and maintains equipment on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis as assigned or required.  Assembles, inspects, and tests all equipment to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently.   Is aware of and functions within the scope of hospital policies and procedures, disaster/fire manual, and infection control manual.   Maintains patient confidentiality.   Performs additional duties as assigned within a Respiratory Care Practitioner's scope of practice to include but not limited to, working as a staff respiratory therapist in any area of Cardiopulmonary Services (respiratory therapy, diagnostics).   Provides and assists in orientating new employees and students as appropriate.   Actively participates in multi-disciplinary patient education committee meetings, departmental quality assurance and hospital-wide organizational performance improvement activities.   Maintains clinical and professional competency based upon established standards of practice.  Completes annual educational requirements, attends departmental meetings and inservices, and complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.   QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  The therapist will have successfully completed a program in an AMA approved educational program for Respiratory Therapy Technicians and be certified or registered by the NBRC or be eligible.  He/she must be licensed by the State of Ohio.  He/she must have two years recent and relevant experience.   Current BLS and ACLS certification.   LANGUAGE SKILLS:  The therapist must be able to work well with others and be able to establish a good rapport with patients.  He/she must be able to communicate well with physicians and co-workers.  This requires proficiency in medical terminology.   Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.   Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.     REASONING ABILITY:  The therapist must understand the operating principles of equipment, the aims of therapy, proper techniques of patient application, cleaning and sterilization techniques and maintenance of the equipment, and all safety aspects related to the equipment, gases, procedures, techniques, and patient care.  In addition, he/she should understand the basic clinical situation of each patient, the medications used in the Cardiopulmonary Department, the meanings of blood gas and spirometry values, and interpret and recognize cardiac rhythm's or dysrhythmia's for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.   OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:  The therapist must be competent using equipment such as pressure gauges, flowmeters, regulators, gas systems, simple oxygen analyzers, oxygen devices, isolettes, oxygen masks and cannulas, humidifiers, air compressors, ventilators (including manual types), suctioning apparatus, tracheostomy and endotracheal tubes, oral airways, exercise equipment (i.e., treadmills, bikes, rowers) and telemetry units.   PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   VISUAL AND AUDITORY DEMANDS:  All employees must possess adequate vision and hearing to safely perform their job functions.  Employees involved in direct patient care must particularly have the hearing abilities to communicate with patients, to easily hear auditory alarms in order to assure patient safety.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.   WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly exposed to fumes or airborne particles and risk of electrical shock.  The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of radiation.   The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. EOE

Employment Type (feed only)

Casual - 1st Shift