Respiratory Therapist

Advocate Aurora Health

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Responsible for providing and coordinating comprehensive respiratory care The Respiratory therapist administers respiratory care procedures and modalities in accordance with established standards, policies, and procedures. Using evidence-based practices, clinical decision making, and skilled communication, the therapist compassionately leads efforts to creates the safest patient environment and the best patient experience across the continuum.

Uses Respiratory therapy processes to support assessment of patient utilizing a variety of skills such as pulmonary diagnostics, chest radiograph, hemodynamic values, laboratory values, and correlates blood gases and electrolytes. Can identify and address the special needs of patient population specific to department services.

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

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

Cleans, maintains and ensures proper functionality of equipment. Can troubleshoot equipment as necessary and identifies the need for service and/or repair.

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

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

Under physician direction, the respiratory therapist must be able to adapt and comply to policies and procedures for a variety of different service areas, perform tasks and/or special duties as required by assignment and maintain performance standards and organizational behaviors.

Demonstrates effective communication, feedback, and conflict resolution skills.

Promotes a culture of safety by recognizing and applying proper safety measures to prevent patient harm. Reports patient safety events and near misses in a timely manner. Seeks to identify potential safety issues and assists in the implementation of corrective actions.

Scheduled Hours

casual as needed M-F 7a-5p, weekend call

Licenses & Certifications

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

Respiratory Therapist certification (CRT) issued by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), 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), and

Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification (ACLS) issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), and

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), and

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

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

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification issued by the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Degrees

Associate's Degree in Respiratory Therapy.

Required Functional Experience

No experience required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Effective organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.Problem solving and decision making for patient care and equipment use.Proficient computer skills, use of electronic mail and electronic medical record systems. Excellent communication (written and verbal), listening and interpersonal skills. Demonstrates human relation skills with the ability to develop rapport and maintain positive, professional relationships with a variety of patients, team members, and physicians. Ability to take initiative and work collaboratively with others. Demonstrates time management skills with an ability to multi-task and prioritize in an environment with frequent interruptions.

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