Company: SSM Health
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: May 16, 2022
The respiratory therapist is a healthcare professional employed
to perform all respiratory care diagnostic and therapeutic
procedures provided by the Department of Respiratory Care. They
should be energetic and motivated to support the success of a
growing service. The respiratory therapist should refer to
supervisory personnel in any doubtful situation.POSITION
ACCOUNTABILITIES AND PERFORMANCE CRITERIA (% of time)The following
are essential job accountabilities:1. Demonstrate ability to relate
to coworkers in a professional and respectful manner, in order to
assure and promote a culture of safety.2. Performs all respiratory
related therapeutic and diagnostic maneuvers are carried out in
accordance with established policies and procedures of the
department. This shallinclude: - (50%)Criteria:A. Implements and
assess the function of oxygen and therapeutic gas.B. Ensure proper
set-up and implementation of therapeutic and diagnostic
procedure.C. Provide aerosolized medication.D. Provide CPT and
IPV.E. Setup and monitor ventilators in accordance with the
department and hospital policies.F. Communicates with peers and
staff to develop and improve inter- and intradepartmental services.
Meet with appropriate personnel to address and resolve problem
issues.G. Performs CPRH. Perform diagnostic procedures including
but not limited to:1. ABG analysis2. Pulse Oximetry3. Nitric Oxide
pulmonary hypertension studies3. The licensed respiratory therapist
will ensure that each patient's status is assessed to determine the
patient's care needs and to ensure patient's needs are reassessed
in response to treatment and care provided.Criteria:Assess and
reassess patients for therapy which includes but is not limited
to:A. Vital signs before and after therapy.B. Breath sounds before
and after therapy.C. Checking for physician orders for therapy.D.
Pre and post assessment for therapy tolerance and response.E.
Oxygen requirements.F. Sputum color, viscosity and quantity.G.
Other patient specific observations as needed.4. Special duties:
Ability to interact with physicians and nurses. May work in an
intensive care unit area. This may include: - (25%)Criteria: A.
Responsible to respond to critical areas (e.g. ER, OR, Code).B.
Perform routine checks on Life Support Unit.C. Assist with
bronchoscopy procedure.D. Assist with minor cardiopulmonary
invasive or surgical procedures.E. Perform tracheotomy care.F.
Perform bedside studies including: f/vt, shunt studies, ventilator
mechanics dead space, compliance, O2 content, and metabolic cart
studies.G. Perform bedside pulmonary function procedures.H.
Interpretation of complex lab data.I. Provide input in decisions
involving patient care on and off life support systems.J. Provide
input on patient care via physician consultations.K. Display
qualities of an independent thinker through the performance of
everyday jobduties.L. Assist with the prevention of ventilator
associated pneumonia as indicated by the latest evidence based
literature.5. Perform all other aspects of Respiratory Care in
accordance with hospital policies and procedures. - (5%)Criteria:A.
Attends monthly department meetings, specialty meetings,
in-services, and any other meetings as required.B. Assure all time
and attendance exceptions are properly recorded in the exceptions
book.C. Communicates with physicians in regard to therapies ordered
and therapeutic goals.The following job accountabilities may be
reassigned:6. Performs other duties as required. -(5%)Criteria:A.
Cleaning, disinfecting and/or sterilization of all reusable of
respiratory and bronchoscopy equipment.B. Routine mechanical
maintenance of respiratory equipment.C. Maintain neat and clean
work and storage areas.D. Maintain neat and accurate records.E.
Answer phone in a professional and timely manner.7.
Safety/Infection Control: Practices according to safety and
infection control policies. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) -5%CriteriaA. Practices
universal precautions and disposes of hazardous wastes per
established guidelines.B. Maintains a safe, clean, comfortable and
therapeutic environment for patients/families/employees in
accordance with hospital standards.1. Maintains clutter free
environment.2. Keeps conversations and background noise to a
minimum.3. Adheres to dress code.C. Reports risk management
concerns.D. Assumes responsibility for completing all annual
mandatory requirements:1. Safety/Fire2. Blood Borne Pathogen3.
Hazardous Communication4. TB5. Department Specific6. Age
Appropriate Care (for clinical staff only)7. BLS/ACLS per
recertification guidelines of AHA8. Service: Provides service
excellence to the customers of Saint Louis University Hospital by
delivering timely, high quality care in a courteous, and respectful
manner.(1, 2, 3, 4, 5) - 10%Criteria:A. Explain therapy to the
patient prior to initiation.B. Being courteous to the patient,
their family, visitors and co-workers.C. Respects patients'
rights.D. Practice commitment of patient confidentiality.8. Quality
Improvement (QI): - Incorporates Quality Assessment into one's
daily work. 5%Criteria:A. Assisting with collection of data for
reporting.B. Completes paperwork in a timely fashion.1. Complete
charting/charging by the end of the assigned shift.2. Review
charting for errors before electronically signing.3. Report any
unresolved charting/charging discrepancies to the immediate
supervisor for resolution.C. Follow policies and procedures when
administering care.D. Report quality issues to management for
review.9. Age Appropriate Care: - Provides age-appropriate care
to:___Infant __ Child X Adolescent - - - - - - - - - - - __X_ Adult
- - - - - - - - - - - __X_ GeriatricCriteria:A. Demonstrates
knowledge and skills of normal growth & development necessary to
provide services to the age of the patient served by the
department.B. Demonstrates ability to assess and interpret age
specific data to identify patient needs.C. Utilizes communication
skills necessary to interpret age specific responses to service and
interaction.D. Involves family or significant other in decision
making related to services provided.E. Demonstrates ability to
provide service needed for the age groups routinely served by the
department assigned.F. Position specific: Able to titrate dosages
and applications to fit the needs of the various growth and
development stages. Recognizing that each stage requires different
considerations and methods.10. Specialized Care: Provides
specialized care to patients at high risk for injury. (1, 2, 4, 5,
8) - (include if appropriate) CriteriaA. Restraint Care1.
Initiates/evaluates alternatives to restraint prior to
application.2. Applies restraints consistent with the approved
procedure.3. Monitors and assesses patient's response throughout
the restraint period at the appropriate intervals.B. Pain
Management (licensed personnel)1. Assess patient for presence of
pain on admission and during assessments/reassessments.2.
Incorporates patient's cultural/spiritual beliefs regarding pain
into pain management plan.3.Implement pain management techniques.
Focus on prevention rather than treatment.4. Include patient and/or
family members in developing a pain management plans.5. Consider
other methods of pain control when developing plan of care:
massage, repositioning, immobilization, and music therapy.C. Abuse
Assessment1. Is aware of abuse recognition criteria and
incorporates it into assessments.2. Reports signs of possible
abuse/neglect to the physician & Risk Management, and recommends
appropriate consultations (psychiatric, Social Work) for
evaluation.DISCLAIMER: - Performs other related duties as assigned
or requested.Rationale for Essential Functions1. The performance of
this function is the reason the job exists.2. There are limited
employees among whom the performance of this function can be
distributed.3. This function occupies a great deal of the
employee's time.4. This function is highly specialized. Employees
are hired for the skill/ability to perform this function.5. Failure
to perform this function may have serious consequences.6. The
function was performed by past employees, and is performed by
current employees.7. Exposure to blood borne pathogens that require
the use of protective equipment.8. Exposure to tuberculosis that
requires the use of protective equipment.Work requires the
knowledge and skills necessary to provide direct patient care
appropriate to patient population of specialty:Job
SpecificationsMINIMUM EDUCATION: Graduate of an AMA approved school
Respiratory Therapy preferred.MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: Leadership skills
are desirable and should be demonstrated.REQUIRED REGISTRY OR
LICENSE: Registered with the N.B.R.C Licensed in the state of
Missouri within 6 months of hirerequired.INDEPENDENT ACTION: Must
demonstrate the ability to provide high quality therapy skills with
moderate supervision and to make independent decisions in critical
and non-critical care areas. Individuals must be energetic and
motivated to support the success of a growing service.PRESSURE OF
WORK: Capable of withstanding long hours of walking and standing.
Capable of tolerating the sights and sounds and odors associated
with the care of the sick and dying patients. Capable of responding
quickly in emergencies. Capable of lifting moderate weights.
Capable of handling hazards due to exposure to inflammable and
explosive gases.WORKING CONDITIONS: May be exposed to infectious
and contagious diseases. Regularly exposed to the risk of blood
borne diseases. Exposed to hazardous anesthetic agents, body
fluids, and wastes. Subjected to electrical and radiant energy
hazards. Exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements. Contact
with patients under a wide variety of circumstances. May be exposed
to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries and illness). Subject
to varying and unpredictable situations. May be required to handle
emergency or crisis situations. Subjected to irregular
hours.Exposed to chemicals such as isopropyl alcohol, Aerosol and
cleaning solutions which are used in decontaminating
- Eye protection
- Lab coat
- Sterile and non-sterile gloves
- Lead apronsCONTACT WITH OTHERS:
- Demonstrate a desire and willingness to provide comfort and aid
- Cooperative and friendly to all personnel.
- Present a professional demeanor at all times.
- Always consult supervisor/senior tech when confronted with
- Period of Adjustment
- As per hospital probationary period.EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGE: Must
be familiar with equipment used for therapy and diagnostic
- Heavy Physical effort (lift, carry up to 50 lbs.)
- Prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking.
- Lifts, positions, pushes, and/or transfers patients.
- Pushes/pulls or moves/lifts heavy equipment/supplies.
- Manual dexterity, mobility, and fine motor skills.
- Intermittent exertion when performing therapies.
- Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and
crouchingVISION REQUIREMENTS: Ability to adjust vision for varying
degrees of room
above statements are intended to describe the general nature and
level of work being performed. They are not to be construed, as an
exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills
required of personnel so classified. An individual working in their
job classification must also perform specific tasks upon request by
supervisor personnel. Furthermore, the duties and responsibilities
for this job classification are subject to change at the discretion
of the medical center.
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