Resiratory Therapist Registered
Company: CHI St. Vincent
Location: Little Rock
Posted on: November 11, 2019
Position Type: Regular
Scheduled Hours per 2 week Pay Period: 72
Primary Location: AR > LITTLE ROCK > ST VINCENT INFIRMARY
JOB SUMMARY: In accordance with our mission and core values and
under the supervision of a physician, the Registered Respiratory
Therapist (RRT) shall be responsible for assuming primary clinical
responsibility for all respiratory care modalities to all age
groups for which the individual has demonstrated an acceptable
level of competency, and experience. The RRT will be required to
exercise considerable independent clinical judgment in the
respiratory care of patients. The RRT is responsible for
assessment, plan, implementation, and reassessment of patients
receiving respiratory care modalities in order to assure
appropriate patient care. The RRT is expected to serve as proctor
to students and new employees for orientation and general
competency assessment. The RRT is expected to be competent in Adult
or Neonatal Critical Care and/or Diagnostic areas as well as be
willing and ready to function in the role of the leader of the
shift when necessary.
Education: Graduate of an accredited Registry School of Respiratory
Therapy with minimum of Associates of Science Degree. Bachelor of
Science Degree preferred. Successful completion of the NBRC
examination for Registered Respiratory Therapist. A new graduate
must successfully pass the CRT exam prior to employment as an RRT,
then pass both RRT exams within three months of employment to
continue employment as an RRT. Possess current Arkansas State
License for Respiratory Care Practitioners.
Experience: Minimum required for registry exam.
Skills: Completion of Basic Life Support (BLS) and bi-annually
thereafter. Successful completion of Advanced Cardiac Life Support
(ACLS) within 3 months of employment. Completion of Neonatal
Resuscitation Program (NRP) for NICU staff before attending
deliveries independently. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is
required for select staff. Neonatal Pediatric Specialty (NPS) exam
preferred for core NICU staff. Must demonstrate communication and
interpersonal skills, and the ability to deal effectively with all
team members, patients, family members, and physicians. Must
possess the ability for calm, critical thinking and prioritization
of duties in emergency situations. Must possess effective decision
making, assessment and prioritizing skills. Must possess knowledge
and skills necessary to care for the infant, child, adolescent,
adult and older adult. Must possess knowledge of and skill with
computers and various software..
1. CLINICAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
? Reviews and evaluates existing data in patient?s record. Collects
any additional pertinent clinical information through physical
examination and bedside parameters. Formulates an overall care plan
for patient based on information and clinical judgment.
? Performs and evaluates peak flows/Spirometry before and after
bronchodilators according to policy and orders.
? Completes thorough assessment patients.
? Communicates all critical information to physicians, nurses, and
others on inter-disciplinary patient care team.
? Proactive in initiating Ventilator Discontinuation. Follows all
policies on documentation, ET tube care, and other Ventilator
? Recognizes the need for and performs emergency and acute
respiratory care procedures accurately and safely in a timely
with minimal supervisory intervention. This may include intubation
in an emergency setting according to individual competency.
? Proactive during the shift, willing to help peers and other
clinical staff in providing patient care as needed, moving
complaint to other areas as workload or expertise dictates.
? Answers phone and takes care of calls when in proximity to the
? Demonstrates ability to set priorities in the clinical setting
and also with own patient load.
2. SCOPE OF PRACTICE
? Ensures delivery of Respiratory Care Services reflecting the
efficient and effective use of supplies and appropriate utilization
of resources in order to meet the needs of the patients and
? Administers medications in a timely and safe manner. Evaluates
medications? effects and re-evaluates therapy appropriately
according to policies and orders. Follows current practices in
dispensing and delivery of medications. Maintains working knowledge
of all new medications and medication handling standards introduced
into the field of Respiratory Care as they apply to our Health
? Performs arterial punctures, analyzes and interprets blood gas
results, intervening as indicated assuring all results properly
documented and entered into the computer.
? Follows all accepted safety practices for identifying patient,
labeling, drawing and transporting the blood.
? Identifies patients? need and readiness for education in disease
management or smoking cessation. Begins the education process using
acceptable materials and instruction. Follows up on patients? needs
by documenting educational information on appropriate forms and
verbally in report so relieving therapist can continue to assure
patients? needs are met.
? Integrates legal and ethical standards into practice by
recognizing all implications of care delivery within the scope of
? Maintains patient and family confidentiality and complies with
all regulatory standards.
? Demonstrates correct and safe technique in the use of equipment
and supplies according to product information and manuals.
? Maintains a clean, neat and safe environment for patients and
staff according to hospital and department policies.
3. INFORMATION PROCESSING AND DOCUMENTATION:
? Consistently and accurately utilizes hospital information system
for patient information, orders, charges, and productivity
? Consistently clocks in and out according to hospital policy.
Follows policy on absences, tardies, and no-clocks.
? Arrives on time for report. Updates written reports as needed to
provide current information for following shift.
? Consistently completes documentation.
? Keeps an accurate record of patients? status and care dispensed,
in accordance with departmental guidelines and requirements.
? Writes clear narratives and enters data into electronic health
? Correctly reports missed therapy and Medication Error Reports
according to hospital policy to help ensure patient safety.
Stays current in new policies and procedures by reading the
information boards and staying current with LEARN assignments.
Attends monthly staff meetings as documented by meeting attendance
records and initials minutes of meetings that were missed.
4. SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
? Maintains current professional record according to department and
Health System standards, by completing hospital mandatories and
department competencies by due dates.
? Actively participates in individual and group educational
training activities. Attends conferences and shares knowledge with
? Assists in writing or revising procedures to keep policies
current and meaningful for staff use.
? Sets standards for performance in General Pediatric and Adult
Care, Critical Care (Adult and/or Neonatal), or Diagnostics.
? Assumes leadership or preceptor role in orientation of new
employees and students, particularly in critical care areas or
pulmonary lab, demonstrating effective communication skills in all
areas of patient care.
? Takes responsibility for helping to staff department during busy
times by volunteering for extra shifts or changing schedules.
? Adapts to change in a positive, professional manner by work and
deeds in order to meet the demands of the changing Health System
? Assumes full responsibility for maintaining current licensure
? Prepared to assume duties of the Leader of the shift whenever
necessary as far as answering calls, tending to emergencies,
keeping the shift running as smoothly as possible.
? Supports profession and ensures excellence through membership in
the AARC and NBRC. This is optional but pr
- Requisition ID: 2019-R0216059
- Schedule: Full-time
- Shift: Night Job
- Market: CHI St. Vincent
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