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This position is responsible for the coordination, supervision and
evaluation of the respiratory therapy services at the assigned
CHI-Franciscan facility in accordance with established guidelines,
professional standards and applicable regulatory requirements. An
incumbent may perform patient care activities within scope of
licensure as necessary. If assigned to including providing advanced
respiratory care involving both therapeutic and diagnostic
1) supervising assigned staff (e. g. hiring, training,
scheduling and evaluating) engaged in respiratory care activities
in accordance with professional standards and established clinical
2) identifying opportunities to streamline current operations to
better meet quality and customer service standards/objectives;
3) problem-solving, troubleshooting and appropriate escalation
of issues to higher-level management;
4) researching new technologies for other functions that provide
respiratory care services; and
5) supervising the work of respiratory therapists. An incumbent
may perform some patient care activities within scope of licensure
on an incidental basis as needed.
Work requires knowledge of the concepts, professional standards and
methodologies applicable to the respiratory care discipline, and of
applicable regulatory requirements sufficient to ensure quality and
compliant patient interactions and interventions care; exercise
judgment/critical thinking in applying clinical guidelines and
standards to determine the appropriate level of care, intensity of
service, length of stay and place of service.
Also requires expertise in supervising and evaluating the work
of subordinate clinical staff. An incumbent works with higher level
management on the implementation of significant changes in clinical
standards, protocols and/or work flow. Occasional travel between
facilities may be required.
If assigned to the NICU, work also includes:
1) attending to high risk deliveries in the Level II and Level
2) providing training to facilitate standardization of
respiratory therapy-related supplies, equipment and procedures;
3) participation in the Neonatal Transport Service Team.
- Supervises daily respiratory care operations of the assigned
facility to facilitate the safe and appropriate delivery of
diagnostic and/or therapeutic patient care, facilitate achievement
of clinical core measurement scores and to ensure that all
activities are conducted in a timely and cost-effective manner and
in compliance with organizational values, professional standards,
internal policies/standards/procedures and/or applicable
- Oversees the resolution of daily clinical, administrative and
operational issues, and monitors/troubleshoots service recovery and
other escalated concerns, resolving within defined scope of
responsibility; implements and enforces quality control/quality
assurance and productivity standards.
- Ensures that applicable standards, protocols and procedures are
understood and followed by all stakeholders; monitors and audits
related documentation to ensure conformance with established
standards relating to timeliness, and accuracy; prepares periodic
productivity reports and program updates for review of higher-level
- In coordination with facility and/or respiratory therapy
leadership, develops and/or implements uniform clinical guidelines
and policies for respiratory care regionally to facilitate
standardization and consistent practice.
- Works with facility and/or respiratory therapy leadership to
develop, train and establish a team capable of providing all
aspects of respiratory care in the transport environment; assists
in the development and maintenance of clinical protocols, policies
and procedures and clinical guidelines for respiratory care in the
transport environment. If assigned to the NICU, maintains supplies
and equipment utilized by the transport service.
- Provides education and clinical/technical support to
respiratory therapy staff and to staff members of other departments
with regard to the introduction of new technology, including
orientation of new employees.
STAFF SUPERVISION AND DEVELOPMENT:
- Schedules, supervises and evaluates the work of assigned
clinical staff in accordance with established procedures; assists
in identifying adequate staffing levels for appropriate coverage to
meet budgetary and operational objectives; provides on-the-job
training and ensures that staff are qualified and properly trained
to perform assigned job duties;
- Prioritizes patient load and assigns staff to address urgent
and non-urgent patient care needs as identified by the
multidisciplinary clinical team; approves rescheduling and
replacement staff for assigned work unit in accordance with
established standards; approves timecards.
- Interviews job candidates and makes employment and other
personnel recommendations in accordance with established
guidelines; orients new employees and holds regular staff meetings
to keep staff appraised of all matters relevant to successful job
performance; approves timecards;
- Communicates performance standards, assesses clinical
competency and evaluates employee performance; counsels employees,
providing constructive feedback and recognizing results achieved;
participates in performance management activities.
- Resolves technical issues referred by subordinates as beyond
their scope of authority.
- Performs respiratory patient care to include therapeutic and
diagnostic procedures (e.g.Aerosol Therapy, ABGs, ETTs, Bronchus,
ECGs, CPT, Vent Care, CPAP/BIPAP therapy, etc.) and related
protocols in accordance with all department safety, risk management
and procedural standards; monitors patients for adverse reaction
and takes timely and appropriate corrective action.
- Under the direction of NNP, performs activities relating to
ventilator/CPAP/Airway management, surfactant replacement and all
other modalities of respiratory care within scope of practice.
- Checks and stocks respiratory therapy supplies and
If assigned to the NICU:
Attends high-risk deliveries and C-sections and performs patient
care under the direction of NICU RN and within scope of
Serves as "care partner", assisting nursing staff with neonatal
feedings (nipple and NG), diaper changes, vital signs, glucose
monitoring, setting up warmers and isolettes, rocking babies,
NICU LEVEL III experience preferred
Graduation from an approved school of Respiratory Therapy, and
four years of related work experience that would demonstrate
attainment of the requisite job knowledge/abilities, including two
years in a "lead" or supervisory capacity.
If assigned to NICU: Respiratory care work experience in a in a
level III NICU and with neonatal transport experience is
- Certification through the National Board of Respiratory Care
and a license to practice respiratory care through the Washington
State Department of Health required.
- Registration through the National Board of Respiratory
- Current healthcare provider BLS Certification.
- Current ACLS Certification unless assigned to NICU or
If assigned to NICU:
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) must be obtained within 90
If assigned to Hyperbaric Medicine: Must attend a Certified
Hyperbaric Training course within 90 days of date of hire and will
be required to obtain the Certified Hyperbaric Technician (CHT)
within 120 days of date of hire.
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