Registered Respiratory Therapist
16 Hrs. Bi-weekly
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, and its staff of nearly 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center. As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Our main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health. The MetroHealth System is committed to creating a healthier community.
Provides respiratory therapy services to neonatal through geriatric patients in accordance with a physician’s written and/or verbal orders, and according to established procedures/protocols/the clinical standards of the Respiratory Therapy department. Instructs patients as to the procedures, medications, nature of therapy, and equipment involved in treatment. Maintains competency and proficiency with requisite skills as dictated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the Joint Commission, the Ohio Respiratory Care Board (ORCB), the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), and all required/necessary job responsibilities. Upholds the mission, vision, values, and customer service standards of The MetroHealth System.
1. Performs, assesses and responds to clinical/laboratory data for the cardio-pulmonary system.
2. Analyzes arterial blood gases and/or electrolytes.
3. Administers supplemental oxygen.
4. Administers hyperinflation therapy using positive pressure techniques while following approved procedure(s).
5. Administers Aerosol Therapy per approved procedures(s), and administers medications by either aerosol, oral, or tracheal route for the treatment of cardiopulmonary disease.
6. Performs bronchopulmonary hygiene therapy using postural drainage-clapping/positive expiratory pressure therapy/vibrating/other newly identified techniques while following approved procedure(s).
7. Demonstrates competency with all forms of mechanical ventilation (invasive and non-invasive).
8. Maintains patient airway care.
9. Instructs patients in the self-application of therapy, identifying procedures, the purpose of therapy, equipment function/care, and demonstrating the appropriate techniques; ensures that the patient understands all components of the therapy.
10. Evaluates the patient’s clinical status following the completion of all interventions; reports applicable information to the appropriate health care provider; documents information regarding the patient into department and hospital records; communicates patient progress appropriately throughout the department chain of command.
11. Assists in the orientation of entry-level therapists by providing shift leadership, mentoring, procedure demonstration, evaluation, and feedback on activities related to job responsibilities.
12. Attends to and contributes appropriate patient care information at department/physician service patient care rounds.
13. Performs electronic data entry for identified procedures, including: order entry and verification, patient scheduling, billing, improved operational performance, and all other activities identified as needed to ensure complete documentation in medical/department records.
14. Cleans, processes, and verifies functionality of all related respiratory care equipment/supplies prior to patient use.
15. Maintains competency and current knowledge of all respiratory equipment/procedures/medications.
16. Performs Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and maintains certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care providers (i.e. NRP, PALS, ACLS, and other certifications encouraged).
17. Provides clear and concise written/verbal communication.
18. Responds to all emergency pages from assigned unit(s).
19. Presents, participates, and/or views departmental educational activities/presentations in accordance with departmental policies.
20. Practices safe cost containment, and remains current with professional changes in the specialty.
21. Demonstrates professional behaviors while interacting with patients, peers, and other members of the health care team.
22. Utilizes good time management and prioritization skills to coordinate one’s own shift activities.
Graduate of an accredited school of Respiratory Therapy.
Certified as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC)
Possess and maintain an active Respiratory Care Professional (RCP) license from the Ohio Respiratory Care Board.
Possess and maintain BLS Certification from the AHA.
3 years of experience as a RRT in a critical care environment.
Extensive experience with mechanical ventilation, airway management, and hemodynamic monitoring.
Possess a Pediatrics Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification from the American Heart Association (AHA).
Possess an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and/or Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) from the AHA.
May sit, stand, stoop, bend, and ambulate intermittently during the day.
May need to sit or stand for extended periods.
See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Finger dexterity to operate office equipment required.
May need to lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds on occasion.
Ability to communicate in face-to-face, phone, email, and other communications.
Ability to see computer monitor and departmental documents.
Requires some exposure to communicable diseases or body fluids.
Requires some exposure to chemicals.
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