Respiratory Therapist, CC; Per Diem Night

Title: Respiratory Therapist
Department: Respiratory
Requisition #: 191027
Hours: Per Diem
Shift: Variable schedule; 7:00pm to 7:00am / 12-hour shifts
Grade: 9
Union: Non-Union
Posting Date: 01/07/2019
Status: Non-exempt/Hourly
Location: Primarily Clinton Campus
HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital is part of the UMass Memorial Health Care system. Serving northern central Massachusetts, we are committed to improving the health of people through excellence in care and comprehensive health services. Promoting healthy lifestyle habits, we serve as a role model by having a tobacco and smoke free campus and hiring nicotine free employees. By exploring careers with us, you are committed to giving your best to our patients, our community and everyone working on our HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Care Team. Whatever your career choice, know that at HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital you can make a difference.
Position Summary:
This position is responsible for providing all aspects of respiratory therapy in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Respiratory Care Department. Works with considerable independence to perform routine and complex patient care in all assigned areas. The respiratory therapist provides evidence based patient focused care in a collaborative environment.
Major Responsibilities:
Work as part of a team to ensure optimal patient care.
Reviews patients electronic medical record for appropriate history, reason for admission, pertinent laboratory/radiological data, current orders.
Administers aerosolized medications.
Draws and analyzes Arterial Blood Gases. Reports Critical Values per hospital policy.
Consults with physician staff concerning the most efficacious forms of therapy, and makes recommendations to enhance patient care (such as type, method, duration of therapy, suggested medications/dosages) compatible with physician orders and communicates these effectively with appropriate members of the healthcare team.
Monitors patient's physiological responses to therapy (such as vital signs, arterial blood gases), and consults with physician if adverse reactions occur.
Provide emergency care including assisting with intubation, Rapid Response Team, High Risk Delivery and Code Team.
Inspect, test, clean and maintain respiratory therapy equipment as per department policy.
Demonstrate and instruct respiratory care procedures to new staff, other healthcare personnel, patients, and patient's families.
Provides clinical and general guidance to new, agency, per-diem, and student therapy personnel.
Provides direct supervision for respiratory therapy students.
Set up and operate devices such as basic oxygen therapy, mechanical ventilators, CPAP/Bi-level support, NIPPV, high flow oxygen therapy in accordance with department policy and procedures.
Maintains all necessary patient and department records on the electronic medical record and medical administration record. Follows hospital policy/procedure regarding patient medication administration.
Participates in departmental quality assurance programs.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of current techniques, developments, and issues in respiratory care through attendance at educational meetings, lectures, and conferences.
Skills will be reviewed in annual performance appraisal.
Provides verbal report including diagnosis, significant past medical history, reason(s) for admission, treatment goals and plans, patient's response to treatment, and suggestions to optimize patient's treatment plan.
Meets established productivity standards.
Facilitates and promotes the sharing of knowledge and content throughout departments.
Takes responsibility for ensuring that all work outcomes satisfy the UMass Memorial Health System True North.
The individual must support the mission, vision, and goals of HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital and serve as a role model for CARES values.
Adheres to change control processes.
Participates in cross training to optimize department resources.
Demonstrates excellent attendance and actively participates in a variety of meetings and training sessions as required.
Demonstrates a friendly, responsive, service-minded attitude to all internal and external customers.
Communicates ideas effectively. Shares information and keeps others properly informed. Gives, and is open to useful feedback.
Adheres to the HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards and dress code.
Complies with established environment of care/safety policies and procedures and all health and safety requirements.
Maintains and fosters an organized, clean and safe work environment.
Contributes to the development and application of process improvements.
Maintains a collaborative, team relationship with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the group's achievement of goals and to help foster a positive work environment.
Attends staff meetings and in-service programs as required or directed. Keeps current with hospital and unit changes by reading communication boards and/or books, bulletin boards, posted notices and reads and responds to e mails on a regular basis.
Practices cost containment and fiscal responsibility through the efficient use of supplies, equipment, time, etc.
Complies with established departmental policies, procedures and objectives.
Attends variety of meetings, conferences, seminars as required or directed.
Demonstrates use of Quality Improvement in daily operations.
Complies with all health and safety regulations and requirements.
Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors
Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.
All responsibilities are essential job functions.
Position Qualifications:
The Respiratory Therapist must possess the ability to assess patients and make appropriate therapeutic recommendations along the continuum of care from admission to discharge including all aspects of respiratory care from floor therapies to mechanical ventilation and blood gas interpretation. Also, the ability to read, write and speak clearly in English.
Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy preferred.
Minimum of 6 months acute care experience preferred, new graduates welcome to apply.
Current Massachusetts State Licensure
Registered Respiratory Therapist preferred
Basic Life Support required
Advanced Cardiac Life Support preferred (required for some positions within 6 months of employment)
Neonatal Resuscitation Provider preferred
Pediatric Advanced Life Support preferred

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