Typical pay range: $28.79 - $39.75
ST. CHARLES HEALTH SYSTEM
TITLE: Respiratory Therapist II
REPORTS TO POSITION: Manager Respiratory Therapy
DEPARTMENT: Respiratory Therapy
DATE LAST REVIEWED: August 16, 2017
OUR VISION: Creating America's healthiest community,
OUR MISSION: In the spirit of love and compassion, better
health, better care, better value
OUR VALUES: Accountability, Caring and Teamwork
DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: At St. Charles, the team of physicians and
respiratory therapists use specially developed protocols to
determine each patient's plan of care, and adjust the course of
action for every individual's condition. Respiratory therapist
treat many different disease, which include Asthma, Bronchitis,
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Neuromuscular and
Metabolic Disorders, Pneumonia and Pulmonary Fibrosis. The team
also assists people with respiratory complications from heart
attacks, trauma, premature birth, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer,
AIDS and more. Respiratory therapists serve patients on an
outpatient basis as well as throughout St. Charles Health System's
four hospitals, providing coverage 24-hours-a-day.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Respiratory Therapist II provides
respiratory assessment, support, treatment and diagnostic tests as
part of the healthcare team in accordance with the St. Charles
Health System's mission, philosophy, policies, and procedures while
applying standards for professional respiratory practice in the
clinical setting. The Respiratory Therapist performs duties
according to physician's orders, utilizing knowledge and judgment
in regard to technique and patient treatment. The Respiratory
Therapist will be responsible for adult, geriatric, pediatric and
neonatal patient respiratory care as assigned. This position does
not directly supervise any other caregivers.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:
Manages, assesses, plans, and evaluates care for patients with
acute and/or chronic cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities
Performs established respiratory care procedures for patients
within department scope of practice
Ventilator management - Manages all modes of mechanical
ventilation, including lung protective stratagies, monitoring
patient/ventilator interactions and lung mechanics. Delivery of
aerosolized medications and metered dose inhalers. Delivery of
exogenous gases (nitric oxide and heliox)
Airway Management - Responsible for management of artificial
airways and tracheostomy tubes, trachesostomy tube exchanges and
decannulation. Assists with fiberoptic bronchoscopy and
intubations. Assists with moderate sedation.
Patient monitoring- Monitors arterial blood gases, EtC02, SP02,
blood pressure, vital signs, and other monitoring related to
Respiratory protocols - Conducts assesment and implemention of
protocols for oxygen, bronchopulmonary hygeine, bronchodialator,
lung expansion, hypoxic risk protocol.
Oxygen therapy - Conducts assessment and implementation of
oxygen therapy to include low and high flow oxygen therapy with
Performs EKGs as needed at some locations.
Additional job related duties may include participation in Code
Blue, Trauma Team, Rapid Response, Neonatal resusistation and high
risk newborn deliveries.
Calculates dosages and administers medications accurately in
accordance with St. Charles Health System policies and procedures
for medication administration.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers,
patients and guests.
Documents all patient care with proficiency in compliance with
hospital policies, procedures and regulatory agencies.
Identifies work-related problems with possible solutions and
implements solution(s) (within scope of practice), when
Participates in creating a healing environment that supports all
aspects of the care environment and the wholeness of each
individual, patient and caregiver.
Participates in creating intentional relationships and
demonstrates focus attitudes and behaviors that enhance the care
Provides a therapeutic presence in service to others by
purposefully responding to the needs of patients in a caring way,
including introducing oneself and explaining role in patient's
care, asking the patient his or her preferred name, sitting with
the patient to determine his or her care goals, active listening,
and communicating effectively and appropriately through touch, eye
Supports the vision, mission and values of the organization in
Supports Value Improvement Practice (VIP- Lean) principles of
continuous improvement with energy and enthusiasm, functioning as a
champion of change.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers,
patients and guests
Conducts all activities with the highest standards of
professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable
laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the
organization's corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical
and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violation of
applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all organizational
investigations and proceedings.
Delivers customer service and/or patient care in a manner that
promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate.
May perform additional duties of similar complexity within the
organization, as required or assigned.
Lead Therapist - (In addition to the duties and responsibilities
Provides guidance and leadership for staff during assigned
shifts (acts as a resource, makes decisions as necessary).
Distributes workload for shift and assures proper assignments
per qualifications/credentials of staff. Assesses staffing
througout the shift, makes adjustments as necessary and assures
staffing needs are addressed for the oncoming shift.
Performs quality assurance audits
Provides manager with feedback of departmental needs and
Acts as a role model for the Respiratory Therapy staff in
maintaining departmental policies and procedures and demonstrates
leadership skills in handling interpersonal conflict and
Required: As required for Respiratory Care Practitioner
Preferred: Bachelor of Science
Required: Current Respiratory Therapist licensure with the
Oregon Health Licensing office.
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) registration.
NRP required to be assigned to NICU/FBC or to function as a lead
ACLS, and PALS within six (6) months of hire
AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider
Valid Oregon driver's license and ability to meet St. Charles
Health System driving requirements.
Ability to travel to all St. Charles Health System worksites as
Preferred: At least 2 years of hospital experience
Emergency and trauma experience
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE) required to perform the job safely.
ADDITIONAL POSITION INFORMATION:
Ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels
within St Charles Health System and patients/family
Must have excellent communication skills and ability to interact
with a diverse population and professionally represent St Charles
Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Strong team working and collaborative skills.
Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making
Basic to intermediate ability and experience in computer
applications, specifically electronic medical records system and MS
Continually (75% or more): Standing and walking, keyboard
operation, use of clear and audible speaking voice and the ability
to hear normal speech level.
Frequently (50%): Sitting, lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling
1-25 pounds. The use and operation of a motor vehicle for Home
Health and Wound Caregivers.
Occasionally (25%): Bending, stooping/kneeling/crouching,
climbing ladder/step-stool (varies by area), reaching overhead,
lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling 25-50 pounds,
grasping/squeezing, ability to hear whispered speech level.
Rarely (10%): Climbing stairs.
Never (0%): Climbing ladder/step-stool (varies by area),
operation of a motor vehicle.
Exposure to Elemental Factors
Rarely (10%): Wet/slippery area, chemical solution.
Never (0%): Heat, cold, noise, dust, vibration, uneven
Blood-Borne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Category
Risk for Exposure to BB
Schedule Weekly Hours:
Variable (United States of America)
Is Exempt Position?
Scheduled Days of the Week:
As Scheduled (may include weekends and holidays)
Shift Start & End Time:
0600-1830 and 1800-0630