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Registered Respiratory Therapist

Company: Benefis Health System
Location: Great Falls
Posted on: February 10, 2019

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Critical Care Medical Director and Department Manager, the Respiratory Therapist is responsible for providing respiratory care services in accordance with specific physician's orders, department policies and procedures. FLSA: NON-EXEMPT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Maintains knowledge of the various methods of oxygen delivery, including the necessary equipment. Remains alert to and assess possible side effects to oxygen delivery. Administers respiratory therapy treatments, understands the purpose of each and the possible side effects associated with each. Sets-up and monitors mechanical ventilators and the associated critical care duties required for such treatment, such as airway management and tracheal suctioning. Able to assess patient pain interfering with optimal level of function or participation in rehabilitation. Makes appropriate physician contact for intervention. Performs arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood samples for blood gas analysis, and understands the possible complications and contraindications associated with the procedure. Performs A-Line draws to obtain arterial blood for analysis. Performs intubations Follows departmental equipment sterilization procedures. Documents all pertinent data on the patient's medical record following completion of any service. Maintains a thorough knowledge of all departmental forms, flow charts, logbooks and their proper usage. Performs EKGs Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the differences in techniques and treatment modalities as performed on patients of varying ages, including neonate, pediatric, adolescent and geriatric patients, as well as the general patient population. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of oxygen concentrations and medication doses as they relate to patients of varying ages, including neonate, pediatric, adolescent and geriatric patients. Follows the five (5) medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors. Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors. Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently. Maintains thorough knowledge of hazards of oxygen therapy. Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs of a patient and evaluates effectiveness of learning, Patient's family is included in teaching as appropriate. Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Coordinates and directs patient care to ensure patients' needs are met and that hospital policy is followed. Demonstrates ability to assess patient, his/her need, and ability to tolerate treatment and reassessment for response to treatment. Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations. Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict. Attends education inservice programs to maintain professional competency. Obtains appropriate hospital-specific education and training. Performs all additional duties as assigned by the department manager. In charge therapist role, is responsible for the daily operation of the shift, including work assignments, troubleshooting, responding to emergencies, and liaison with physicians. Remain proficient in PFT's and Bronchoscopes'. Current State Respiratory Therapist Licensure. Graduate of an AMA-approved School of Respiratory Therapy. Possesses and Maintains an active NBRC RRT credential. Current ACLS, BLS and PALS certification. Completion of RRT exam within one year of hire. Working in the PFT requires completion of the CPFT exam within one year of hire. Community Information: Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking, off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and big-game hunting. Benefis Health System: This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional health system in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you'll have the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of the state's most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with 500 beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies make Benefis an exceptional working environment and one of the "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare" five years in a row.

Keywords: Benefis Health System, Great Falls , Registered Respiratory Therapist, Healthcare , Great Falls, Montana

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