Just like the children we serve, Children's is growing quickly and hiring Respiratory Therapists to provide appropriate respiratory care specific to the pediatric population in accordance with the hospital policy/procedure. Assess, plan and implement appropriate respiratory plan of care based on the cardiopulmonary needs of the patients. Evaluate effectiveness of plan of care and recommend revisions to the multidisciplinary care team
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Set up and operate devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
Determine requirements for treatment, such as type, methods and duration of therapy, precautions to be taken, and medication and dosages, compatible with physician's orders.
Read physicians' orders, measure arterial blood gases, and review patient information to assess patient's condition.
Explain treatment procedures to patients to gain cooperation and allay fears.
Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy such as vital signs, arterial blood gases and blood chemistry changes and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
Administer therapeutic gases including nitrogen, nitric oxide, heliox, etc.
Enforce safety rules and ensure careful adherence to physicians' orders.
Maintain charts that contain patient pertinent identification and therapy information.
Inspect, clean, test, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently and notify manager/supervisor when repairs are necessary.
Educate patients and/or their families about the patient's condition and teach appropriate disease management techniques such as breathing exercises and the use of medications and respiratory equipment.
Perform broncho-pulmonary drainage and assist or instruct patients in performance of breathing exercises.
Conduct lung capacity tests to evaluate patient's cardiopulmonary functions.
Provide emergency care, including artificial respiration, external cardiac massage and assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Complete all required respiratory therapy competency tests within specified timeline.
Demonstrate competency in identified technical skills for the respiratory department at the specific work area.
Other duties may also include Clinical Instructor (schedule dependent on the contract with Respiratory Therapy schools):
Supervise contracted Respiratory Therapy (RT) students from specified schools in the clinical hospital setting.
Orients RT students to their role in the hospital, which includes scope of service, policies and procedures, patient safety, and professionalism.
Orients RT students to the equipment used by RT at Children's.
Provides opportunities for directly supervised hands on learning in the clinical setting.
Responsible for accurate completion and documentation of all Respiratory Therapy performed with RT students.
Responsible for accurate âœHand offâ of patient information and ordered Respiratory Therapy performed with RT students.
Regular attendance at work is an essential function of the job.
Perform physical requirements as described in the Physical Requirements section
Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrates competency in technical skills related to the Respiratory Therapy department
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Graduate of an accredited AMA approved school of respiratory care accredited by the National Board of Respiratory Care required
Bachelor's degree from an AMA approved accredited school in respiratory care preferred
Minimum one year experience in respiratory therapy preferred
Experience working with pediatric patients preferred
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSURE:
Current and valid Nebraska license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner required
Current and valid National Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential required
Current and valid National Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential required within one year of hire
Current and valid National Registered Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapist (RRT-NPS) credential within three years of hire
Current and Valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required
Neonate Resuscitation Provider (NRP) certification required within six months of hire date
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification required within six months of hire date