Provides respiratory care and diagnostic tests to neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and older adult patients performing the duties of a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Performs and maintains competency for Laboratory testing to include arterial and venous blood gases and co-oximetry testing, as assigned, ensuring compliance with WFBH Medical Center policies and with applicable state and federal regulations.
Associate's degree (or Two-Year Professional Program) from an accredited Respiratory Care program and must become credentialed within one year of employment.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, and/or REGISTRATION:
Licensure by the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board and certified as a CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) and RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist). BCLS certification required.
1. Maintains skill and knowledge pertinent to professional responsibilities. Participates in various continuing educational activities to enhance basic knowledge of respiratory care principles and practices. Shares information from continuing education with other Respiratory Care staff.
2. Realizes and responds appropriately to the physical, cultural, and societal diversity of patients, family members, and visitors. Demonstrates support, understanding and provides the appropriate assistance to those who present in need. Reacts and responds appropriately to the pediatric, adolescent, adult and older adult patients, their family members, visitors and others of our community, as well as fellow hospital staff who may present in need.
3. Provides patient and family education. Explains procedure(s) to patient and family. Provides education appropriate to age and level of understanding. Assesses patient for barriers to learning. Answers questions regarding treatment plan.
4. Communicates and interacts with physicians and their staff. Relays pertinent information to physicians on their patient's condition. Processes physician's orders and instructions for patient care. Clarifies and confirms orders according to established protocols.
5. Initiates patient care. Verifies physician's order per departmental procedures. Assesses patient per departmental procedures. Changes therapy as appropriate by departmental protocols.
6. Clerical duties and documentation of information. Documents accurately, promptly and legibly per departmental procedures. Charges appropriately. Completes orders appropriately on Respiratory Care Worksheet.
Solid oral, written, and listening communication skills Ability to provide direct and indirect respiratory care Ability to perform multiple tasks under stress
Contact with patients, family members, visitors, coworkers and medical staff under a wide variety of circumstances Exposure to hazardous substances, infectious diseases, body fluids Subject to many interruptions Ability to work with infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and older adult patients
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