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Reg Respiratory Therapist - Sign On Bonus Available

Company: Christus Health
Location: Alexandria
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Job Description:



Responsible for the pulmonary care of critical, non-critical, and chronically ill adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients under the direction of a physician with minimal supervision. Performs patient assessments and institutes respiratory care plans. Performs carious technical and diagnostic respiratory therapy procedures in all areas of the hospital.


Action Oriented -- Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.

Customer Focus -- Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

Communicates Effectively -- Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Decision Quality -- Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

Collaborates -- Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

Nimble Learning -- Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.

Demonstrates Self-Awareness -- Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.

Goals -- Completes quarterly goals

Delivering the Mission -- Performs duties as defined in this job description and demonstrates mastery of role


  • Accurately reports and documents patient therapy and patient information maintaining confidentiality of such documents, i.e. patient charts, etc.

    • Documents therapies into Meditech.
    • Gives and receives verbal report on patients at shift change.
    • Receives verbal orders from physicians and enters order into Meditech by using TJC standard. Verbal orders verified.
    • Performs assessments and evaluations, charts progress of patients, and documents order changes on patient's chart.
    • Enters changes and discontinuances in Cardex.
    • Proper use of supply and medication Pyxis.

    • Attends interdisciplinary/discharge-planning meeting.
    • Chart checks done per shift. Checks and documents on EMAR in Meditech the time given for each therapy given.
    • Evaluates patient progress and records appropriately on chart.
    • Documents all blood gases on downtime sheet when computer is down. In addition, records these ABG's on log sheet.
    • Medication Pyxis: A tutorial is completed on the correct procedure for using the medication Pyxis.
    • Reports and documents critical value read back (CVRB) on all critical blood gas reports.

      • Performs routine technical respiratory therapy procedures, including the administration of prescribed medication.

        • Performs respiratory therapy procedures: aerosol, CPT and bronchial drainage, incentive spirometry, BiPAP, Passy Muir speaking valves, monitor/set up nasal CPAP and O2 therapy.
        • Performs physical assessment of patient.
        • Sets up, maintains, and monitors ventilators.
        • Performs airway care for adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients. Variations in procedure are done as per physician order.
        • Provides respiratory assistance for patient transports.
        • Promotes R.T. Protocols to physicians and nursing personnel.
        • Assists CNNP, RN on neonatal transports to/from other hospitals.
        • Attends all C-sections.
        • Draws all cord pH levels and reports them to the physician.

          • Performs diagnostics studies on patients in assigned area and assists in monitoring of patient during surgical procedures.

            • Performs bedside pulmonary function tests.

            • Performs arterial blood gas studies
            • Performs bronchoscopies.
            • Performs EKGs and holters.

              • Provides for education of the patient/family.

                • Identifies and documents patient/family educational needs upon initial assessment and thereafter.
                • Identifies barriers of learning.
                • Evaluates the effectiveness of instruction provided.

                  • Assures the rights of the patient/family are respected and maintained.

                    • Allows privacy and modesty in the provision of care.
                    • Identifies self by name and title to patient/family.
                    • Understands role of how to access the Ethics Committee.

                      • Demonstrates the knowledge of unit specific policies and procedures and the ability to safely and competently use unit specific patient care equipment in the delivery of quality patient care.

                        • Completed Unit Specific Competency Checklist.
                        • Obtains proper in-service on any new equipment before use.
                        • Differentiates between patient complications and equipment malfunctions.
                        • Uses medical equipment in accordance with manufacturer guidelines.
                        • Flexibility in schedule.
                        • Adaptive to change in procedure/policy.



                          • Licensed by the State of Louisiana as a RRT or LRT
                          • Maintain current BLS certification

Keywords: Christus Health, Alexandria , Reg Respiratory Therapist - Sign On Bonus Available, Healthcare , Alexandria, Louisiana

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