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Respiratory Care Practitioner - 12 hr shift, Days every 3rd weekend - Gain Acute Care Exp!

Job ID 135701 Date posted 08/04/2018

This position reports directly to the Clinical Director Respiratory Therapy and receives day to day oversight from the Respiratory Supervisors. The Respiratory Care Practitioner performs respiratory care related duties to all age groups. The Respiratory Care Practitioner is responsible for direct patient care within their scope of services in accordance with state licensure, and the Registration Board of Respiratory Care. The Respiratory Care Practitioner works under physician orders, follows departmental and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center policies
The Respiratory Care Practitioner utilizes a high level of critical thinking skills, must have the ability to apply the appropriate best-practice, be objective and receptive to others? points of view with regard to patient care issues.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:

Provides direct patient care under physician orders and within the scope of services and licensure laws
Works collaboratively with providers
Reviews current orders in area of responsibility and ensures patients receive treatments as ordered
Administers medications via hand held nebulizer, MDI and new modes of delivery as established
Assesses patients throughout the treatment and interventions cycle
Completes and updates plans of care
Ensures ventilator parameters are set according to physician orders
Enters set and actual patient settings on flow sheets
Checks and documents alarm parameters
Completes documentation legibly
Assesses and performs daily spontaneous breathing trial
Calibrates inhaled nitric oxide system
Administers inhaled nitric oxide in cardiac catherization laboratory, through ventilator and assists with administration of nitric oxide in the operating room.
Administers helium-oxygen therapy
Sets up BIPAP and adjusts parameters per augmentation order set
Sets up patients on Non Invasive Ventilation
Performs non bronchial alveolar lavage procedures
Assists during procedures
Assists ventilated patients during transport
Assists to transition ventilator patients on EMS portable ventilators until transfer occurs
Responds to MET calls, codes blue, trauma calls and other emergencies
Performs CPR as needed
Participates with collaborative research projects
Draws arterial blood gases and sends to laboratory for analysis
Performs bedside spirometry, negative inspiratory force and vital capacity measurements
Takes initiative to review equipment and procedures to remain proficient
Assists and responds to nurses regarding questions on respiratory related issues
Participates on committees or task forces
Demonstrates flexibility to accept assignments
Develops proficiency in new respiratory practices and initiatives
Completes patient charges, daily events, equipment set up and testing inclusive of sticker check off
Ensures frequent visibility when covering critical care areas; attends provider rounds
Organizes and manages time and workflow effectively
Maintains a patient focused and centric approach

Maintain strict adherence to the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Confidentiality policy.
Incorporate Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Standards of Behavior and Guiding Principles into daily activities
Comply with all Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Policies.
Comply with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.
Maintain courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.
Demonstrate an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.
Demonstrate a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.
Participate in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.
Participate in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.
Perform all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department


Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy from an Accredited School of Respiratory Therapy.

Licensure, Certification, Registration:
Massachusetts License
Certified Respiratory Therapist ? Registered Respiratory Therapist Preferred
Current BLS certification

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:
Excellent interpersonal skills
Working knowlegde of PC?s.
Excellent Oral and Written Communication skills.
Ability to impart specialized clinical and medical information to members of the health care team; physician, nurses

3 years minimum as a Staff Respiratory Therapist with a focus on critical care


DAYS, with every third weekend and rotating holidays.

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