Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy

Job Description

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

Responsibilities

Respiratory Therapist delivers critical and non-critical patient care services to all age groups using selected invasive and noninvasive techniques related to the cardiopulmonary system. Provides respiratory care predominately in critical care areas. Responsible for other duties as assigned.

Direct Patient Care/Equipment/Supplies:
  • Performs and monitors patient progress and response to service.
  • Assess patients and makes appropriate recommendations based on outcomes with regard to therapeutic interventions.
  • Performs invasive and non-invasive therapeutic/diagnostic modalities.
  • Procedure/services performed are according to department policy and procedure.
  • Provides appropriate care per department P&P/algorithm for most efficient application of care.
  • Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG).
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to clinical situations.
  • Addresses acute symptoms as well as maintenance needs.
  • Works well with physicians to optimize patient care and to assure appropriately ordered care.
  • Participates in patient rounds (if applicable).
  • Effectively organizes work assignment.
  • Appropriately sets up equipment.
  • Troubleshoots/operates equipment safely.
  • Ensures disposable supplies are current and available at patient care area.
  • Changes equipment when due and removes dirty/defective equipment from patient care area.
  • Follows Standard Precautions

Listed below are the main services provided:
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Ventilator Care, BiPAP, CPAP
  • Ventilator Transport, internal and external to the organization
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Arterial Line Insertion
  • Arterial Blood Gas Puncture and Sampling
  • Intubation
  • Assistance with Bronchoscopy and Bedside Trach Insertion
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage Sampling (BAL/PAL)
  • Point of Care Analysis
  • Cardiac Resuscitation, Respiratory Arrest, and Airway Management
  • Assist with Research and Student Education
  • Medical gas Therapy
  • Continuous and Intermittent Aerosolized Medication Therapy
  • Incentive Spirometry
  • Autogenic Drainage
  • PEP Therapy
  • Flutter Therapy
  • Percussion and Postural Drainage
  • High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation Therapy
  • Ultrasonic Nebulizer
  • Oximetry, Transcutaneous and End Tidal CO2 Monitoring
  • Suctioning
  • In-Exsufflator Therapy
  • Nocturnal Pulse Oximetry
  • Interpulmonary Percussive Ventilation
  • Pulmonary Function Studies
  • Breathing Retraining Techniques and Exercises
  • Sputum Specimen Collection
  • EzPAP Pulmonary Expansion Therapy
  • Mast Trousers
  • Assist with Passy Muir Speaking Valve Usage
  • Room air Challenge for Neonates
  • Surfactant Administration
  • Insertion of Orogastric Tubes for Neonates
  • EKGs

Communication Written/Verbal:
  • Correctly records all information in the patient legal record and maintains department records.
  • Hand-off of care performed using SBAR Model.
  • All therapies, treatments, interventions, etc., are documented per department standard.
  • Assessments/reassessments are pertinent, informative and goal oriented.
  • Count completed to department expectation with appropriate information.
  • Charges accurate and complete.
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) orders are current with therapy being provided.
  • Provides a thorough, concise report and notifies co-workers of patient transfers.

Marketing:
  • Educates patients on their disease state, wellness, home care modalities and safety.
  • Functions as a preceptor (works to provide a meaningful learning experience for orientees/students).
  • Serves as an educational resource and willingly precepts students orientees and others.
  • Distributes patient education materials.
  • Educates patient on their disease state, wellness and home care modalities.

Leadership and Other Duties as Assigned:
  • Applies technical knowledge to consult with physician with regard to cardiopulmonary status.
  • Acts as a resource.
  • Supportive of leadership initiatives.
  • Respects and supports leadership initiatives.
  • Promotes a positive and professional image both internal and external as a RCP.
  • Willingly accepts responsibility when called upon and fulfills commitments.
  • Demonstrates leadership through working relationships internal and external to the department, i.e. Core Teams, PPO, Unit Base Councils.
  • Effectively utilizes downtime. Achieves goals from last year.
  • Treatments performed as related to age specific needs according to growth and development.


Qualifications

Education: Associate or bachelor degree in respiratory therapy. Ohio respiratory license required. RRT or CRT required.