Respiratory Care Practitioner I, Respiratory Therapy

Mercy Medical Center

This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing bedside respiratory care to patients as assigned by supervisors and given on the physician's written order for all respiratory therapy modalities in an inpatient setting. Responsibilities may also include Outpatient Pulmonary Function testing.
Job Duties
  • Participates in department quality improvement process, data collection or is a member of a hospital committee.
  • Presents 1 educational topic to RT staff annually and to an ancillary department
  • Acts as primary preceptor and resource for new staff.
  • Provides Patient Education on outpatient services. 
  • Assists with Trach Clinic. 
  • Assists in pulmonary stress procedures. 
  • Assists in exercise laryngoscopes. 
  • Assists in bronchoscopy if trained in area. 
  • Performs machine calibration each morning prior to testing and logs results of calibration. 
  • Performs finger stick for testing hemoglobin and utilizes hemaque machine.
  • Performs quality control procedures and maintenance on equipment used in the testing area to ensure accuracy in test results. 
  • Ensures that the patient is performing the test to the best of his/her ability by observing the patient and comparing the test results as reproducible on at least three trials. 
  • Performs pulmonary function studies as ordered by a physician in an accurate and responsible manner following manufacturers and departmental policies and procedures. 
  • Participates in the charge role as applicable. 
  • Provides patient education on all modalties of Respiratory Care. 
  • Performs equipment function, check out, and cleaning as necessary in accordance with Respiratory Therapy policies and procedures.
  • Performs ABG sticks and utilizes the I-Stat machine and communicates ABG results to nursing staff or physicians. 
  • Performs oximetry spot checks and oximetry sleep studies and accurately processes corresponding paper work. 
  • Assists physicians with bedside bronchoscopies in accordance with the Respiratory Therapy procedure. 
  • Performs noninvasive cardiology procedures such as EKGs in the Emergency Department, and completes necessary paperwork. 
  • Performs CPAP/Bi-PAP set-up and monitoring in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Attends & assists all code blues, high risk deliveries, c-section and Met calls housewide.
  • Performs ventilator set-up and airway maintenance and monitoring on critical care patients to include all age groups.
  • Performs all forms of respiratory therapy according to prescribed physician orders and standing written policies and procedures.
Department Specific Duties
  • N/A
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology as related to respiratory system.
  • Use of calculator, verbal and written medical terminology.
  • Should possess excellent communication skills.
Professional Experience
  • Previous experience preferred.
Licensure, Certification, Registration
  • State of Iowa Respiratory Care Practitioner License required.
  • Basic Life Support in accordance with the American Heart Association required.  Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification will be required within 1 year of employment with the exception of PFT Staff. 
  • Iowa Dependent Adult Abuse/Iowa Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter training required.  Employee must submit certification of completed training to Human Resources prior to start or transfer date.
Physical Demand Requirements
  • Medium: Exert 20-50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 10-15 lbs. of force frequently

Location: Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids · Respiratory Therapy
Schedule: Full Time, Night Shift, 12 hour night shift with weekend rotation

Job ID: 83305

Posted 15 days ago

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