Under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor and the Administrative Director, and according to established policies and procedures, provides diagnostic and therapeutic respiratory care to patients with cardiopulmonary problems.
Full Time Nights Shifts - 7:00pm- 7:30am.
Covers assigned areas. Knows limitations and asks for assistance, if needed. Voluntarily helps other staff. Assists in the supervision of Respiratory Technicians. Makes regular rounds of assigned patients to assess patient status, ensures. Reviews current Physicians’ to ensure orders are being followed. Following departmental and Hospital policies and preprinted orders, reads, interprets, and discusses with physicians their orders, test results, and the patient's condition to determine treatment requirements including type and duration of therapy, medication, and dosages ordered. Accepts verbal orders from physicians. Determines appropriate method of preparing and administering respiratory medications, observes for complications, and consults with MD when necessary to ensure respiratory therapy in accordance with physicians’ orders, preprinted orders, and standards of care. Confers with patients and/or family members to obtain pertinent patient information such as history of respiratory problems, current medications, past medical/surgical history. Reviews patient's charts/computer to obtain blood-gas results, radiography reports, and other pertinent information. Provides patients and their families with education on their respiratory disease and care. Maintains knowledge of current trends and techniques in the field by reading appropriate journals, books and other literature and attending related seminars, conferences and the like. Assists in inter-and intra-departmental instruction. Performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation as required. Attends 60% of department meetings, reads departmental communications via e-mail, and other scheduled functions. Maintains clean and orderly workplace, and work habits.
Current New York State Respiratory Therapist license, BLS and PALS. Must have the knowledge of medical terminology, respiratory therapy procedures, techniques and objectives of therapy administration of therapeutic medical gases and other medications. Must meet all educational requirements for Registered Respiratory Therapist as required by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Must have the ability to walk, move, stand for extended periods and must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 0-25 pounds