Performs the primary functions of a
Professional Registered Respiratory Therapist in assessing,
planning, implementing, educating, and evaluating a designated
group of patients in accordance with established Respiratory Care
Standards, Hospital and Departmental Policies. Is responsible
for managing all assigned personnel, duties, supplies, and
equipment in the hospital or on their assigned unit and for
promoting team work with all members of the healthcare team.
Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with
our mission and values.
% of Time Spent
therapeutic and life support procedures including the
administration of oxygen, aerosolized medication, breathing
treatments, chest physiotherapy, arterial blood gas, and invasive
and noninvasive ventilation. Takes vital signs and listens to
breath sounds. Explains procedures and treatments to gain
cooperation and lessen apprehension of the patient. Applies
Respiratory Therapy knowledge and clinical expertise to evaluate,
initiate, and update Respiratory Therapy assessment as
necessary. Participates in physician rounds and discharge
administering therapeutic procedures and treatments ongoing
assessment of a patient is maintained. Watches for
change in condition or reactions. Observes and
reports reactions, changes and/or
significant incidents to nurse and/or physician, physician
assistant, and supervisor when appropriate. Evaluates
emotional status of patient and offers counsel and support to
patient and their family. Educates patients on disease prevention,
lung health, use of inhalers and inhalation devices Uses equipment
properly to give therapeutic treatments. Makes rounds with
and assist in examination and
Demonstrates advanced clinical skills and critical thinking skills
to support ECMO ventilator management, bronchoscopies and bedside
tracheostomies Responsible for operating and maintaining acute care
ventilators for both short term and long term mechanical
ventilation of adults, pediatrics and neonates.
coordinates, and provides professional Respiratory Care to
patients according to assessment, care plans, protocols,
physician’s orders, and individual
patient needs. Utilizes established
respiratory care standards and conforms to the policies and
procedures of the department and to the philosophy and objectives
of the hospital. 10%
Cross trains in a variety of settings including Pulmonary
Function Lab, Hyperbaric Medicine, In-patient Pulmonary Rehab,
and Outpatient Pulmonary Rehab. Performs diagnostic tests
that assess cardiac and lung function and operates physiologic
monitoring equipment and life support systems in critical care
6 Documents tasks, medications
given and plan of care in electronic medical record. Receives
report from previous shift and gives appropriate information to the
next shift as to patients’ condition and any pertinent occurrences
on the shift. 10%
7. Participates with formal process
improvement to ensure and enhance the quality of patient care
when instructed. 4%
8. Acts as a preceptor for
Respiratory care, Nursing students and Certified therapists.
9. Attends in-service programs,
skills labs, workshops, and meetings. Serves
on committees as requested. Maintains the latest on new
and changing procedures in
the respiratory care field. Becomes a
resource person for their peers and other members of the healthcare
team with questions and procedures when necessary.
10. Responds to emergency situations
when necessary. 4%
11. Performs other work duties as
Associate of Science degree or equivalent,
or a Bachelor’s degree in Health science or equivalent.
Current BLS card and licensure by the State of Missouri as a
Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner.
The assessment, care, and treatment
provided by the therapist will be consistent with the specific age
related needs of the patient. The registered therapist is competent
to care for patient age groups including the neonatal, child,
adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient.
Employee is required to sit occasionally,
walk, or stand continuously. Employee must lift/carry a light
(1-20lbs), medium (21-50lbs), and heavy (50lbs+) equipment load
occasionally. Employee may be required to assist with patient
movement, repositioning or transfers in accordance with established
Safe Patient Handling and Movement guidelines. Employee is
occasionally required to bend, squat, crawl, kneel, climb, lift
waist to overhead. Employee is occasionally required to reach
forward and reach overhead. For repetitive action, employee
is required to use one or both hands for simple grasping and
pushing/pulling and one hand for fine manipulation. Employee
is occasionally exposed to fumes, electrical hazards, and CRT
(Occasionally: 1-33%, Frequently:
34-66%, Continuously: 67-100%)
The most significant of duties are included
but this does not exclude occasional work assignments not mentioned
or developmental duties.
Member of a comprehensive healthcare team, including other
healthcare providers, the patient, and the patient’s family.
Takes direction from: Director,
Assistant Director, Manager, Supervisor, Medical Director, and
Provides direction to: Student
Therapists, Charge Therapist
Faithful to our Episcopal-Presbyterian
heritage and its ministry of healing, St. Luke’s is dedicated to
improving the health of the communities we serve.
Using talents and resources responsibly, we
provide high quality, safe care with compassion, professional
excellence and respect for each other and those we serve.
As an independent healthcare network, we
create healthy communities in the region through our commitment to
high quality, safe and personalized services.
We accept and treat all persons
as being created in the image of God.
We respond with caring to the
needs of others as if they were members of our family.
We honor each person’s rights
and responsibilities in light of the common good.
We set and strive to attain high
standards of performance and continuous improvement.
We use our talents and resources
wisely, with honesty and integrity.
FACES - Friendly - Available -
Caring - Efficient - Safe Communication Standards: Promotes and
provides courteous and effective communication with internal and