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Excela Health RESPIRATORY THERAPIST-PART-TIME in Greensburg, Pennsylvania



Tuition Assistance and Student Debt Forgiveness Available

The Respiratory Therapist position will consider CRT, RRT, and all levels of career ladder. The final title and pay will be determined by education, experience, and certification.

The Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) provides all modes of respiratory care and diagnostics, on physician order, within the Critical Care, General Care Medical/Surgical units, and specialty departments as required. Acts on a broad knowledge base and experience in working with physicians and other health-care providers. This is accomplished without direct supervision in most cases. The Registered Therapist may act as a resource person for other members of the department.

Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT) are skilled professionals who provide therapeutic and diagnostic procedures to patients on physician order. The incumbent must be academically prepared and skill level competent to assess patient respiratory status, recommend appropriate therapy and communicate effectively with nurses, and physicians independently throughout the scheduled shift.

Actively promotes a Lean work culture by performing team member duties to encourage consistent use of LEAN principles and processes, including continually seeking work process improvements. Recognizes the necessity of taking ownership of one’s own motivation, morale, performance and professional development. Strives for behavior consistent with being committed to Excela’s missions, vision and values.


Essential Functions: Defined as duties specific to the job, that, if removed, would change the entire purpose of the job; to include the Essential Physical Demands and Essential Working Conditions of this position.

  • Core Essential Functions:

  • Regular, consistent, on-site, and timely attendance.

  • Performance of Technical Practice

  • Provides highly technical Respiratory Care procedures in any environment following unit specific orientation

  • Initiates and maintains ventilator management for patient on life support except at Westmoreland Manor.

  • Performs arterial puncture and blood gas analysis.

  • Provides cardiopulmonary resuscitation for all age groups served.

  • Maintains and monitors the function of all Respiratory Care equipment in use.

  • Acts as a resource to other health care providers, regarding clinical issues.

  • Patient Care

  • Assesses patients for require respiratory care services. Reassesses daily or as often as necessary.

  • Administers inhaled medications, monitors patient reaction to medication, reports response and/or adverse reaction to nurse and physician.

  • Provides patient and family or care giver with education related to disease process or dysfunction, therapy ordered, medication, dosage, methods and equipment use and functions.

  • Participates in interdisciplinary care-planning process as required by various nursing or patient care units, and in discharge planning process as needed.

  • Clinical decision-Making:

  • Assimilates large quantities of data while caring for critically ill patients.

  • Modifies and directs respiratory care procedures and diagnostics, based on acquired data and patient clinical findings.

  • Assists with the coordination of patient care relating to cardiopulmonary dysfunction, in co-operation with the physician, nurse, and other health care providers.

  • Policy and Procedure

  • Understands department policy and procedure to assure compliance with same.

  • Avoids deviation from policy and/or procedure preventing the potential for adverse effect either on an employee, patient or visitor.

  • Reviews departmental policy and procedure on an annual basis and make recommendations for appropriate changes.

  • Communication

  • Provides clear, concise, organized written and oral communication to management and staff.

  • Interacts effectively with physicians, patients, management and co-workers.

  • Documents in a neat, timely and legible fashion.

  • Serves as a liaison and positive role model to other departments.

  • Communicates directly with physician regarding patient respiratory status, recommendations for therapy, and diagnostic testing.

  • Takes and transcribes verbal and telephone orders from physicians.

Ability to perform the Essential Functions listed on the Physical Conditions and ability to perform the Essential Functions on the Working Condition chart (see attached chart).

  • Specialty Essential Functions:

  • Conducts initial interviews with Pulm Rehab patients, collecting and recording all pertinent information for the development of an appropriate plan of treatment.

  • Introduces self to patient.

  • Asks patient to state their name and date of birth and confirms by comparing to medical records acquired.

  • Gathers and documents the appropriate medical history.

  • Explains the program to them and answers and questions they may have.

  • Assigns the patient to a particular, mutually agreeable, class time

  • Discusses insurance coverage, authorized visits, and patient’s responsibility for copay, etc. if needed.

  • Establishes, documents and gets agreement from the patient on the plan of treatment.

  • Conducts all needed pre-rehab testing including but not limited to PFTs, spirometry, and six minute walk test.

  • Screens appropriately for indications for the test.

  • Conducts test in accordance with established competency standards, procedures and protocols.

  • Provides patient and family appropriate instruction pre and post exam.

  • Conducts initial orientation to the facility and equipment and establishes the exercise plan for the first visit.

  • Adequately assesses patient readiness to exercise and sets appropriate starting workloads based on the patients’ medical status

  • Discusses exercise termination criteria such as chest pain, SOB, etc.

  • Reassesses patient tolerance visually the whole time patient is in the facility.

  • Reassesses patient during each session of exercise and at the outset of each subsequent visit ruling out any contraindications to exercise and setting the appropriate workloads.

  • Vital signs are taken and recorded

  • Rates of progression are sound

  • Ensures steady progression.

  • Provides family with the opportunity to learn both formally and informally about their medical condition and the lifestyle related factors that contribute to it.

  • Energy conservation techniques are taught

  • Rescue breathing techniques are taught

  • Proper use of bronchodilators and other meds are taught

  • Other RT techniques and education are shared.

  • Refers patient and family to support services when needed.

  • Refers to registered dietitian as needed

  • Refers to social services or mental health as needed

  • Refers to the Office of Vocational Rehab as needed

III. Marginal Functions: Defined as duties that are not essential in nature and do not take a considerable amount of time to complete (less than 10%).

  • Maintains a sufficient level of supplies in the department

  • Maintains record of services provided for verification and statistical purposes

  • Cleans and assures proper maintenance is done on all equipment

  • Performs all clerical functions related to pulmonary rehab including answering and making phone calls, getting reports out on time, posting charges, copying and filing.

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Required Skills and Knowledge: Minimum level of education, skills and abilities necessary in performing the job.


  • Completion of an accredited Respiratory Therapy Program

Certification / Licensure / Regulation:

  • Current Certification or Registration by the National Board for Respiratory Care

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) approved curriculum of the American Heart Association (CPR and AED) program or completion within one year of hire/transfer into department

  • Current ACLS or completion within six (6) months of hire/transfer into department

  • Act 33 with renewal

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

Prior Experience:

  • Minimum one year experience in Respiratory Therapy

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Ability to communicate with all members of the health care team

  • Independent thinking and decision-making ability

  • Proficient oral and written communication skills

  • Basic working knowledge of computers and office equipment

Preferred Factor:

These are job related enhancements that are preferred or would benefit the performance outcome of the job but are not essential or required for the job to exist.

  • Experience working with patients in pulmonary rehab preferred.

The above job descriptive information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, as an employee may be assigned other duties other than described in this document.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)