Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has exciting and rewarding
careers with competitive salaries and benefits. We are a family of
hospitals, health care services, and medical providers delivering
compassionate care to people throughout the South Puget Sound. VMFH
exists as a part of CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest
not-for-profit health care systems in the country.
We pride ourselves on excellence in service and hospitality by
contributing to the successes of our staff and patients. As a team
member at VMFH, you are provided unlimited opportunities for
personal and professional development along with great job
satisfaction. We would love for
you to come join our family!
- Evaluates, administers, assesses and documents a variety of
respiratory therapy treatments to ambulatory and non-ambulatory
patients, with heart and lung abnormalities, in assigned hospital,
to include intensive care and the emergency room.
- Sets up and monitors a variety of complex respiratory equipment
such as volume and pressure ventilators for critical care
- Performs routine respiratory therapy treatments such as oxygen,
therapeutic aerosols, intermittent positive pressure breathing,
incentive spirometer, and airway care to include
intubation/estuation and tracheotomy care.
- Monitors patients for adverse reaction, and takes corrective
action based on established procedures.
- Determines the effectiveness and/or need for change in the
therapy being administered and make recommendations to the
physicians regarding treatment.
- Incumbents are also accountable for providing resuscitation
services, participating in various orientations, providing
educational/orientation services to students, quality improvement
and department projects, providing and maintaining skill levels to
reflect the ever changing procedures and techniques of respiratory
- This job exists in multiple locations, and while there may be
minor differences in job content, they are not significant for
classification purposes. Overall, the nature of the work and job
requirements is consistent between locations.
Essential Job Duties:
Performs respiratory patient care to include Aerosol Therapy, ABGs,
ETTs, Bronchus, ECGs, CPT, Vent Care, CPAP/BIPAP therapy and other
Respiratory Care Procedures in accordance with all department
safety, risk management and procedural standards.
Continually evaluates and assesses the cardiopulmonary condition of
patients using data acquired from physical examination, respiratory
monitoring, and diagnostic equipment.
Documents all work activity in applicable computer system to
include billing charges in accordance with department specific
Sensitivity and Competence: Demonstrates proper use of
communication tools/materials for effective communication and
understands how the culture(s) of patient populations can affect
communication, collaboration and the provision of care, treatment
Patient Population Served: Demonstrates knowledge and proper
skills associated with the department's defined specific
Participates in the transfer of equipment and supplies to and from
other Cardiopulmonary Departments as necessary; cleans, assembles
and maintains CPS equipment and restocks supplies as needed.
Performs related duties as required
Education/Work Experience Requirements:
Requires graduation from an approved school of Respiratory Therapy
and one (1) year recent clinical experience in Respiratory Care
that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge
skills/abilities. Work experience in the specialty area is
- License to practice as a respiratory care practitioner through
the Washington State Department of Health required.
- Current registration through the National Board of Respiratory
- Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS
- Current American Heart Association ACLS Certification.
- Respiratory Therapists currently working in hyperbaric medicine
will attend a Certified Hyperbaric Training course within 90 days
and will be required to obtain the Certified Hyperbaric Technician
(CHT) within 120 days.
New hires in Hyperbaric Medicine, upon completion of the 90 day
introductory period, will attend the Certified Hyperbaric Training
course. After completion of the course, and an additional 480 hours
of on-the-job training, will be required to obtain the Certified
Hyperbaric Technician (CHT) license.
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