Respiratory Therapist

Advocate Aurora Health

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Performs basic and advanced respiratory therapy procedures, and provides invasive and noninvasive therapeutic and diagnostic services to patients.

Performs patient assessments utilizing pulmonary diagnostics, blood gases, chest radiograph, hemodynamic values, laboratory values, and correlates blood gases and electrolytes. Performs one or more of the following advanced procedures as required by the facility based on department needs, which include adult and/or neonatal intubations, insertion of arterial lines, insertion of Peripheral Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) lines, transportation of patients via ambulance/flight for life, and working in the intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit. May also perform pulmonary function diagnostic procedures.

Operates specialized ventilators in critical care and non-critical care venues. Assists physician with bedside or other procedures as applicable to facility.

Provides medication treatments per physician order and/or patient driven respiratory protocols (PDRP's) via nebulizer or inhaler as prescribed.

Assesses patient's cardiopulmonary status, utilizing PDRP's and recommends changes in treatment to facilitate best patient outcomes. Identifies and addresses the special needs of patients in critical care settings.

Sets up and monitors continuous positive airway pressure machines (CPAP's) and noninvasive ventilators. Assists with transport of invasively and non-invasively ventilated patients.

Cleans, maintains and ensures proper working of equipment, troubleshooting problems as necessary and identifying the need for service and/or repair.

Educates and instructs patients in purpose, technique, self-care, goal of therapy, and disease management.

Documents patient diagnoses and objectives on the patient record sheet utilizing the hospital's information system and enters patient's information and charges.

Serves as a technical resource, role model and/or preceptor for students and staff.

Facilitates clinical problem solving and collaborates with other departments to provide education on managing patients.

Scheduled Hours

Zero assigned position to assist with PTO coverage

Licenses & Certifications

Respiratory Care Practitioner license issued by the state of Wisconsin, and

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) issued by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), and

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) needs to be obtained within 6 months unless department leader has determined it is not required, and

Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification (ACLS) issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) needs to be obtained within 6 months unless department leader has determined it is not required, or

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) needs to be obtained within 6 months unless department leader has determined it is not required, or

Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Specialist (NPS) issued by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), or

Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS) certification issued by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Degrees

Associate's Degree in Respiratory Therapy.

Required Functional Experience

Typically requires 2 years of experience in respiratory therapy including experience in ventilator management, chest x-ray interpretations, and cardiovascular function.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Effective organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills.Problem solving and decision making for patient care and equipment use.Basic computer skills.

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