Registered Respiratory Therapist Per Diem
Req #: 17011098
Location: Killeen, TX
Job Category: Respiratory Services
Organization: Metroplex Hospital
Metroplex Health System
As a member of Adventist Health System, we believe that total health is achieved through a balance of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. With each patient’s unique circumstances in mind, our multi-disciplinary care teams provide a vast array of services, combining state-of-the-art technology with a personal commitment to creating an exceptional patient experience.
Our team members also enjoy outstanding care in the form of comprehensive health benefits, a friendly, faith-based work environment, and plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.
Our multi-facility campus includes 148 acute-care beds at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen, 60 psychiatric care beds in the nearby Metroplex Behavioral Health Center, and 25 beds at Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas. Through this Metroplex Health System, we offer a Women’s Center, Sleep Disorder Center, Endoscopy Center, Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, ICU, PCU, ED, imaging, surgery, home health services, and more.
What you will responsible for:
The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is responsible for providing basic and advanced respiratory services to infant, pediatric, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. The RRT performs routine respiratory clinical care including medication administration, arterial puncture, breathing exercises and retraining, initiation and monitoring of oxygen therapy and pulse oximeters. In addition, the RRT performs critical care duties including the initiation of, management, and discontinuation of mechanical ventilation, endotracheal intubation assist, airway care and attendance at deliveries and cardiopulmonary resuscitations dependent upon the RRT level of professional development attained. May perform routine and emergency care for age categories infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Respiratory Therapist provides high quality high quality patient care.
- Receives and provides report regarding progress of all patients receiving therapy
- Prioritizes work appropriately and ensures all work completed
- Interacts with all members of the health care team to assure efficient problem resolution
- Assess need for and initiates oxygen therapy, assessing efficacy and appropriateness through use of physical assessment, Spo2 and arterial blood gas sampling and interaction.
- Works closely with nurses and physicians to aid with all aspects of patient care.
- Reviews patient’s charts and notes any changes in therapy before each procedure; documents all procedures appropriately
- Notifies appropriate personnel of any adverse reactions to therapy of practice.
- Seeks guidance and direction as necessary for performance of duties.
- Strives to accommodate changing needs of the department while maintaining high productivity, availability, and efficient use of physical resources and supplies.
- Performs age specific care for age categories: infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations.
- Reviews, collects, and evaluates pertinent and relevant clinical data
- Performs basic therapeutic procedures for infant, child, adult, and geriatric patients
- Communicates changes in treatment plans with other respiratory staff
- Provides effective education to patients, students, and co-workers.
- Performs procedures within the scope of practice as defined by the departmental policy and procedure manual and development level attained.
- Responds to announced emergency situations
- Notifies nursing of any adverse reaction to therapy
- Adheres to infection prevention policies and procedures.
- Documents and charges in the patient’s electronic medical record accurately.
- Uphold professional standards for performance and conduct
- Participates in departmental, hospital, and community in-services/education/training
- Maintains membership in professional organization
- Actively participates in performance improvement
- Actively participates in positive skills mentorship for other staff.
- Active participation in department to include meeting attendance, project participation, participation in team discussions and/or huddles, review of email and huddle board at least once per shift worked
- Knowledgeable in regulatory standards as they apply to the department and position
- Leaves work area such as workstation, med cart, vent tops, and bedsides in good order and ready for the next shift (to include removing unused meds from cart, returning unused supplies, removing dirty/unused equipment, updating report sheets/boards, etc.)
- Clocks in on time and clocks out on time to maintain fiscal responsibility.
- Always adheres to Standards of Professional Behavior, Values, Mission, and Vision. Avoids unprofessional activities such as gossip, negative conversations and behavior, 'pot-stirring', complaining, etc. Always displays a positive, helpful, and willing attitude along with appropriate communication to RT and interdisciplinary teammates. Displays respect always to RT and interdisciplinary team mates, patients, families, and visitors. Does not use the ideology of 'it's not my job'. Emphasizes inclusion and diversity of thought, action, and person.
What you will need:
- Graduation from a program approved by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoArc) or a successor accrediting authority
- Licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the state of Texas
- Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the National Board of Respiratory Care
- Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)
- Extensive knowledge of clinical applications, principles, and practices of respiratory critical care and an ability to act quickly and competently in emergency situations.