Respiratory Therapist II
Under the supervision of the Respiratory Care Services Medical Director and Department Manager, the Respiratory Therapist II is responsible for providing respiratory care in accordance with physician orders, department policy and therapist driven protocols. The Respiratory Therapist II will assess, evaluate and administer respiratory care and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system in adult/pediatric general floor, adult/pediatric/neonatal intensive care, adult/pediatric emergency department, and all other care areas in the hospital. The Respiratory Therapist II will also complete preceptor training and work under the direction of the department educator to train and mentor new and existing staff members.
Coordinate and manage respiratory care to ensure that patient’s needs are met and hospital policy is followed
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the differences in technique and treatment modalities as performed on all age-specific groups including neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient populations
Document all pertinent data in the medical record before, during and after patient interventions
Maintain a thorough knowledge of electronic health record, departmental forms, flow charts, logbooks and their proper usage
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various methods of oxygen delivery, oxygen concentrations and flows for all age-specific groups including neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient populations
Administer inhaled medications through a variety of modalities and evaluate patient response to therapy
Perform arterial blood gas puncture, analysis and interpretation on neonate, pediatric and adult patients
Respond to airway emergencies, rapid response and cardiac arrest calls in all areas of the hospital
Initiate and manage mechanical ventilation along with associated critical care duties for all age-specific groups including neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient populations
Assist in bedside therapeutic bronchoscopy procedures in the pediatric and adult intensive care units
Manage, operate, clean and test equipment safely and correctly as outlined in hospital policy
Administer skin test antigens and measure response
Develop a plan of care and provide education on disease management to pediatric and adult patients and their families
Participate in daily interdisciplinary patient rounds with physicians, registered nurses, and allied health professionals
Attend department meetings, huddles, and education opportunities to maintain professional competency
Participate in performance and process improvement activities and provide feedback
Adhere to all organizational and departmental policies pertaining to safety, confidentiality, and standard of care
Performs related duties as assigned.
Neonatal Transport Team:
Performs all functions of the Respiratory Therapist II. In addition, a member of the Neonatal Transport Team provides critical care and advanced life support related to respiratory care assessment and procedures to neonatal patients at receiving or referring hospitals as well as during flight and/or ground operations. Team members must complete TMC transport training program, attend yearly transport classes, and maintain proficiency in the indications and procedures related to the equipment and skills required for transport such as: intubation, inhaled nitric oxide, transport ventilator, isolette, cardiac monitor (ECG), and aerosolized medications. Team members must complete documentation of events during transport and attend monthly case debriefings. On-Call Requirements: All team members must be available and will be scheduled for the minimum amount of on-call shifts required to provide full coverage as outlined in the Standard Work for Respiratory Therapy Neonatal Transport Team Members (this will include nights and weekends). Required Experience: One (1) year of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) experience and current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NPR)
EDUCATION: Associate degree from a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care Program required. Additional relevant experience may substitute for lack of education upon Supervisory and HR approval.
EXPERIENCE: Associate Degree and two (2) years of experience delivering advanced respiratory care services to neonate, pediatric and adult patient populations.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and current Arizona License to Practice Respiratory Care required. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS), Advance Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications required. Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NPR) preferred.