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LHC Group Respiratory Therapist (Hospital) in Natchitoches, Louisiana

Company Overview

The Respiratory Therapist (RT) is responsible for providing Cardiopulmonary care services in accordance with physician's orders, department policies and procedures. The Respiratory Therapist meets the requirements set forth by Regulatory Agencies (DMS, STATE, OSHA, JCAHO). This position does have direct patient contact.

This is a PRN position

Louisiana Extended Care Hospital of Natchitoches a part of LHC Group is the preferred post-acute care partner for hospitals, physicians and families nationwide. From home health and hospice care to long-term acute care and community-based services, we deliver high-quality, cost-effective care that empowers patients to manage their health at home. Hospitals and health systems around the country have partnered with LHC Group to deliver patient-centered care in the home. More hospitals, physicians and families choose LHC Group, because we are united by a single, shared purpose: It's all about helping people.

Essential Functions

  • Possesses knowledge and skills for basic airway maintenance and advanced airway maintenance if indicated (EndotrachaelIntubation).* Performs arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood gas analysis, if indicated by physician's order; understands the possiblecomplications and contraindications associated with the procedure.* Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of oxygen concentrations and medication doses as they relate to patients ofvarying ages, including adults and geriatric patients.* Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the differences in techniques and treatment modalities as performed onpatients, including adults and geriatric patients.* Manages and operates equipment in a safe manner. Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure that it isfunctioning safely.* Oversees the documentation of all pertinent data on the respiratory therapy progress notes with each visit.

Demonstrates the ability to use/perform: IPPB treatments, Hand-held Nebulizer treatments, Incentive Spirometer, Aerosol treatments, Chest PT, postural drainage, percussion, cough, Pulmonary Function testing, Pulse Oximetry, Training in breathing exercises, CPAP, Other methods of treatment/equipment upon physician orders Knows the proper method and follows hospital policies and protocols for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing equipment used to provide respiratory care services.* Participates in Performance Improvement Activities as a part of the interdisciplinary team.* Maintains knowledge of the various methods of oxygen delivery and is able to assess possible side effects of oxygen delivery.* Performs initial patient evaluations per physician's order within the determined time frame.* Administers respiratory treatments according to physician orders or supervises nursing staff in the delivery of treatments.* Able to recognize the possible side effects of treatments and reports any side effects to the Physician, charge nurse or DON immediately.* Performs N-95 Respirator fit testing for employees.* Monitors and assesses patients on telemetry|cardiac monitors.* Completion and documentation of vital signs, blood glucose monitoring and other delegated tasks.

Education & Experience

Education Requirements

  • Graduate of an AMA approved school of respiratory therapy.

License Requirements

  • CPR certification.

  • ACLS certification

  • Current Respiratory Therapist license in the state of Louisiana

Skill Requirements

  • Knowledge of all aspects of cardiopulmonary care services

  • Basic computer skills.

    Equal Opportunity Employer – vets, disability.

An equal opportunity employer

LHC Group is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status or any other legally protected status. To learn more about the opportunities for you with LHC Group and our affiliates, contact one of our Human Resources team members at 1.866.LHC.Group.

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