Student 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.

Under general supervision, the Student delivers non-critical patient care services to all age groups using selected invasive and noninvasive techniques related to the cardiopulmonary system. Duties performed will be based on the following: Approval of the Respiratory Care Board in accordance with the licensure act of the respective state. Must be checked off to perform duties by department orientation representative or department manager. Responsible for the performance of other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities

PATIENT POPULATION - (CLINICAL ONLY)
  • Engages in population appropriate communication.
  • Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks.
  • Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment.
  • Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient.
  • Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary.
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems.
  • Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately.
  • Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious/cultural norms.
  • Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely.
  • Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Clinical/Equipment/Supplies:
  • Performs and monitors patient progress and response to services.
  • 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.

Clinical Assessment:
  • BiPAP, CPAP on the non-critical floor units
  • Cardiac Resuscitation and airway management
  • Assist with research
  • 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
  • Arterial Blood Gas Puncture and Sampling
  • Oximetry, Transcutaneous and End Tidal CO2 Monitoring
  • Suctioning
  • In-Exsufflator Therapy
  • Nocturnal Pulse Oximetry
  • Interpulmonary Percussive Ventilation
  • Pulmonary Function Studies
  • Breathing Retraining Techniques
  • Sputum Specimen Collection,
  • EzPAP Pulmonary Expansion Therapy
  • EKGs
  • Trach Care
  • Correctly records all information in the patient legal record and maintains department records.
  • Hand-off of care performed using the SBAR model.
  • All therapies, treatments, interventions, etc. are documented per department standards.
  • Assessments/reassessments are pertinent, informative and goal oriented.
  • Charges are accurate and complete.
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) orders are acknowledged and 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.
  • Serves as an educational resource and willingly precepts 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.


Qualifications

Education: Must be actively enrolled in a respiratory program. Must have student licensure.