Respiratory Therapist

Job Category: Respiratory Therapist
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: KY Louisville

Education: Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy/ Valid RRT/ BLS Certified
Experience: Strong working knowledge of most up to date therapy procedures for patients


Job Description: Respiratory Therapist
Prepared by: Human Resources (7-2017)
Position Title Respiratory Therapist
Department Clinical
Reports to: Facility Administrator
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

General Purpose
The Respiratory Therapist restores patient’s pulmonary function; alleviates pain; supports life planning and administrating medically prescribed respiratory therapy.
Essential Duties

• Perform necessary procedures with non-invasive methods such as CPAP, BIPAP therapies, and Trilogy Vents.
• Educates and counsel staff members on basic respiratory therapy procedures
• Create therapy programs for patients based on the specific instructions of Physicians
• Engage in diagnostic evaluation, treatment and control of deficiencies and abnormal functions found in the patient’s cardiopulmonary system
• Meets patient’s goals and needs and provides quality care by conducting pulmonary function tests; assessing and interpreting evaluations and tests results; determining respiratory therapy treatment plans in consultation with physicians and by prescription.
• Helps patient accomplish treatment plan and supports life by administering inhalants; operating mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators.
• Administers respiratory therapy treatments by performing bronchopulmonary drainage; assisting with breathing exercises; monitoring physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes; directing treatments given by aides, technicians, and assistants.
• Evaluates effects of respiratory therapy treatment plan by observing, noting, and evaluating patient’s progress; recommending adjustments and modifications.
• Completes discharge planning by consulting with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health care workers; contributing to patient care conferences.
• Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing home exercise programs; instructing patient, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs; recommending and/or providing assistive equipment; recommending outpatient or home health follow-up programs.
• Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
• Maintains patient confidence and protects facility operations by keeping information confidential.
• Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
• Protects patients and employees by adhering to infections-control policies and protocols.
• Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.
• Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networkers; participating in professional societies.
• Develops respiratory therapy staff by providing information; developing and conducting in-service training programs.
• Complies with federal, state, and local legal and certification requirements by studying existing new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Education and/or Experience • Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
• Strong working knowledge of most up to date therapy procedures for patients
• Excellent bedside manner

Language Skills Ability to read technical procedures. Ability to read and comprehend policy and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, coworkers and families.
Mathematical Skills Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
Reasoning Ability Ability to solve practical problems. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations • Valid RRT or CRT license, current and in good standing, CPR Certified
• Employee must meet continue education requirements per state practices. Must maintain a license in good standing at all time with the state board.

Physical Demands

The essential functions of this position require the following physical abilities:
Standing and /or walking very frequently. Sitting occasionally. Reaching with hands and arms frequently, pushing/pulling very frequently. Talking and /or hearing very frequently. Tasting and /or smelling very frequently. Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or excess of 20 pounds of force constant to move objects. Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling occasionally. Close, distance, color, peripheral, and depth perception in vision: ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
Additional Information
Note: Nothing in this job specification restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Critical features of this job are described under various headings above. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. The above statements are strictly intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position.

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