JOB TITLE:   Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

FLSA STATUS:    Non-exempt

DEPARTMENT:  Cardiopulmonary

REPORTS TO:   Director of Respiratory

  

JOB SUMMARY:

Responsible for assisting in meeting patients’ needs for all age groups (neonates, infant, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics) in the areas of cardiopulmonary care, clinical procedures as delegated, transporting, and safety needs. He/she will communicate with team members in a timely manner about his/her observations of the patient’s progress, needs, and problems. Maintains established departmental/hospital policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, patient safety, and infection control. Works as a member of a unit based multidisciplinary patient care team. Accountability will be monitored through direct observation, financial goal achievement, performance improvement activities, and patient outcomes.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS of this job description include but are not limited to:

  1. Provides cardiopulmonary assessment of patient of all age groups (as listed above) requiring consult and emergency cardiopulmonary care.

  2. Provides patients and the general public with care keeping patient rights and ethical concerns in mind.

  3. Provides patient care and administration of medication following the policies and procedures of this organization and documents in appropriate area.

  4. Provides and document patient education for patients receiving cardiopulmonary care

  5. Maintains competency and participates in performance improvement activities.

  6. Maintains a clean, safe and orderly environment throughout the department and the organization.

  7. Participates in team approach throughout this organization.

  8. Performs other tasks and duties as assigned in an efficient, effective and cost conscious manner, complying with all hospital policies, procedures, and regulations.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, QUALIFICATION and EDUCATIONAL AND /OR EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have completed an accredited respiratory therapy program.

  • Must be an active registered respiratory therapist (RRT) or registry eligible with RRT credential obtained with six months from hire.

  • Current basic life support (BLS) and advance life support (ACLS) required or must complete within first six months of employment and maintained. 

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORKING CONDITIONS:

Standing, kneeling/squatting, pushing/pulling wheelchairs, stretchers, clients, furniture, and equipment, reaching, carrying, and should be able to lift 50 pounds using proper lifting techniques.  Employees may be exposed to infectious diseases, blood borne pathogens, and the potential for physical harm. Clients who are confused or combative may increase the likelihood for this potential. The event of a physical plant hazard could increase the risk as well.  Must be able to deal with the day-to-day routine stress caused by working with ill clients, anxious families, physicians, and other health care providers.  May be able to deal with stress caused by emergency or critical situations when the need arises.  May be exposed to unpleasant odors at any time.