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Educator - CPAP

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!


Job Summary:

This job is responsible for providing training/education to clinic patients to facilitate successful PAP/CPAP therapy and help individuals with sleep issues to maximize treatment opportunities and reduce related health risks. An incumbent works closely with patients to conitor/analyze device readings, review compliance/progress with plan of care and self-management objectives and to eliminate barriers to maximizing the quality of care.

Work also includes:

1) explaining/demonstrating use and care of assigned devices and troubleshooting to assure proper function;

2) promoting knowledge/understanding of sleep wellness/disorders/hygiene and effective treatments;

3) making digitual adjustments to device/equipment based on patient needs and to optimize therapeutic value;

4) identifying device malfuncations and arranging replacement with device provider;

5) documenting all interactions in the patient's medical record in accordance with established procedures; and

6) performing device/equipment cleaning/maintenance activities.

An incumbent may also occasionally perform respiratory care procedures within scope of licensure as necessary.

Work requires knowledge of the standards, procedures and equipment/tools applicable to PAP/CPAP therapy and applicable legal/regulatory requirements.

An incumbent follows proper channels of communication in handling daily and routine problems and recognizing issues that need referral to management.

Essential Duties:

  • Meets with clinic patients referred from healthcare providers or as part of internal CPAP follow-up protocol to review progress with plan of care and provide training to facilitate most effective device/equipment usage and therapeutic results.
  • Downloads and reviews/analyzes date from devices/equipment procured by patients through their medical equipment provider; makes digital adjustments to device/equipment based on patient needs and to optimize therapeutic value.
  • Documents all interactions in the patient's medical record via EPIC in accordannce with established procedure.
  • Performs device/equipment cleaning and maintenance activities in accordance with established procedures.
  • Coordinates meetings of sleep apnea support group in accordance with american S leep Foundatio protocols for AWAKE groups.
  • May occasionally perform respiratory care procedures as necessary.



Graduation from an approved school of Respiratory Therapy and two years of related work experience that would demonstrate attainment of the requisite job knowledge/abilities. Work experience in PAP therapy is required.


  • License to practice as a respiratory care practitioner through the Washington State Department of Health is required.
  • Registration through the National Board of Respiratory Care preferred.
  • Current Certification as Clinical Sleep Educator (CSE) through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).

CommonSpirit Health participates in E-verify.

Keywords: CHI Franciscan St Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma , Educator - CPAP, Other , TACOMA, Washington

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