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Respiratory Therapist - NICU

Company: CHI Franciscan St Joseph Medical Center
Location: TACOMA
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:


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!


As the flagship hospital of CHI Franciscan Health, St. Joseph Medical Center continues to be the regional leader in the use of advanced medical technologies and therapies. The 361-bed regional medical center is a level II trauma center with a Level III NICU and partnership with nationally-recognized Seattle Children's Neonatology team.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual who wishes to specialize in neonatal respiratory care, is in need of benefits and prefers flexibility in their schedule. The ideal candidate will have experience in a Level III or IV NICU. However a highly motivated new graduate respiratory therapist will be considered.

As a neonatal respiratory therapist in our Level III NICU you will serve as a valued member of a multidisciplinary team. You will collaborate with neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners to make recommendations to develop care plans which provide outstanding respiratory care. Your responsibilities will include newborn resuscitation, patient assessment and endotracheal intubation. You will provide all aspects of respiratory care to newborns on conventional and high frequency mechanical ventilation, non-invasive ventilation, bubble CPAP and high flow nasal cannula. You will also provide airway care and respiratory treatments such as delivery of therapeutic gases, inhaled medications and surfactant replacement therapy. Additional responsibilities include performing arterial and capillary blood sampling and point of care testing utilizing I- STAT analyzers.

What We Have To Offer To You:

* Exciting opportunity to help grow our developing unit in partnership with Seattle Children's Hospital
* Highly collegial team
* Opportunity to work with highly skilled team
* Faith-based culture with commitment to our Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence where we value positive team players
* Financial support for specialty certifications
* Tuition assistance for advanced degrees
* Opportunities for career growth within the growing and highly successful CHI Franciscan Health system
* Competitive wages, incentives and a generous employee benefits program

Job Requirements:

* Requires graduation from a school of Respiratory Therapy approved by the National Board of Respiratory Care.

* 1 year experience as a respiratory care practitioner in a Level III or IV NICU is preferred but not required.
* License to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) through the Washington State Department of Health is required.
* Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential through the National Board of Respiratory Care required.
* Current healthcare provider BLS certification
* Completion of the Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) program or obtain within 30 days of hire date.


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 preferred.


  • License to practice as a respiratory care practitioner through the Washington State Department of Health required.
  • Current registration through the National Board of Respiratory Care required.
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS Certification.
  • 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.

CommonSpirit Health participates in E-verify.

Keywords: CHI Franciscan St Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma , Respiratory Therapist - NICU, Other , TACOMA, Washington

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