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Cleveland Clinic RESPIRATORY THERAPIST in Vero Beach, Florida

Job ID: 10642

Job Profile Summary:

Demonstrates knowledge and proficiency in the treatment of respiratory disorders for inpatients and outpatients with various types of media i.e., oxygen and other therapeutic gases and mist inhalation equipment. Establishes a good rapport with fellow associates while maintaining a professional relationship. Responsible for Critical Care Ventilators, assessment and management of pulmonary conditions of patients and responding to Code Blue. Draws and analyzes arterial blood gases. May assist with Bronchoscopy duties. Patient populations served may include neonates, infants, pediatrics, teens, adults and geriatrics with the potential for neonate and/or pediatric patient only through the Emergency Room (until they are transferred hospital RT staff only). Acts as a resource for physicians and residents.


  • Provides care to all patient populations taking into account: assessment and interviewtechniques identifying psychosocial, physical and education needs common to appropriate tothe population.

  • Provides for patient's privacy, provides recurrence and support when there is anxiety.

  • Modifies therapy to reflect response unique to all patient populations.

  • Maintains continuous ventilation of patients on mechanical ventilators (invasive andnoninvasive).

  • Monitors patient's ventilatory status through use of spirometers, pressure gauges and chestauscultation; draws and analyzes arterial blood gases and measure respiratory exchange.

  • Recommends therapy changes based on analysis of various data.

  • Weans patients from continuous ventilation utilizing established procedures.

  • Performs cardiopulmonary assessment to evaluate patient's respiratory status.

  • Analyzes, records and reports results such as arterial blood gases, oxygenation studies,pulmonary function tests, hemodynamic monitoring parameters, etc.

  • Recommends modification to therapy or implementation of treatments.

  • Maintains airway care by performing and instructing proper tracheal instillations, trachealaspiration, and nasotracheal aspiration.

  • Performs invasive procedures such as arterial puncture, tracheostomy tube changes asordered by the physician.

  • Assists the physician in bedside and/or scheduled Bronchoscopy procedures.

  • May perform bedside Spirometry procedures and/or more complete Pulmonary Functionstudies with appropriate training (clinic staff).

  • Performs basic respiratory therapies such as medicated aerosols, oxygen therapy, nitric oxideadministration, humidity/aerosol, bronchopulmonary hygiene, hyperinflation techniques, pulseoximetry while verifying physician order and utilizing appropriate treatment guidelines.Observes and responds to adverse patient reactions to therapy or otherwise andinitiates/assists in Rapid Response and Code Blue (CPR) situations.

  • Selects, assembles, tests, modifies, and maintains respiratory equipment.

  • Cleans and decontaminates same after use. Utilizes/troubleshoots CPAP units(hospital/clinic).

  • Acts as a resource for the pulmonologist for patient educations and trouble shooting oftherapeutic issues.

  • Acts as a resource for training Residents (RRT credentialed therapists unless approvedotherwise by the Departmental Director).

  • Serves as a departmental preceptor for new employees.

  • Assists in providing departmental training and classes (RRT credentialed therapists unlessapproved by the Departmental Director).

  • Utilizes computer for E-Mar documentation.

  • Maintains complete and up-to-date documentation and files at all times.

  • Keeps abreast of changes in the field and meets continuing education requirements forlicensure by attending in-service programs, seminars, etc.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from an AMA approved Respiratory Care program.



  • State of Florida Department of Health License Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

  • Maintain NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) certification

  • Hospital RT:Basic Life Support (BLS) through American Heart Association (AHA)AdvancedCardiac Life Support (ACLS) through American Heart Association (AHA)Pediatric AdvancedLife Support (PALS) through American Heart Association (AHA),Neonatal Pediatric Specialist(NPS) preferredNeonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) through American Heart Association(AHA) (inpatient only as appropriate to site)

  • Clinic RTBasic Life Support (BLS) through American Heart Association (AHA)AdvancedCardiac Life Support (ACLS) through American Heart Association (AHA)

  • Membership in Florida Society of Respiratory Care preferred.

  • Up to date CEU requirements.

  • Membership to the American Association for Respiratory Care is preferred.

Complexity of Work:

  • All employees are expected to meet the standards of performance outlined in theOrganizational-Wide Competencies listed below as applied to the position:

  • World Class Service Orientation: Includes attitude, behavior, interpersonal skill, and problemsolving that enable an employee to respond to internal and external customer needs andexpectations in a positive manner.

  • Adaptability: Includes teamwork and flexibility needed to fulfill job responsibilities includingadapting to changes in work environment and accepting supervisory feedback.

  • Efficiency and Effectiveness: Includes quantity and quality of desired work, as well asorganization skills necessary to perform successfully.

  • Essential Job Requirements: Includes adherence to all relevant policies, procedures, andguidelines affecting the work environment, including maintenance of required competenciesand communication skills.

  • Supervisory Responsibilities (if applicable): Includes overall accountability for assigned workgroup relative to operational goals, personnel requirements, and budgetary constraints.

  • RRTs will also primarily serve as Respiratory Coordinators unless circumstances dictateotherwise for the CRT to work as same based on approval from the Departmental Director.

  • This agreement will also take into account a set timeframe (as agreed with the employee andDepartment Director)for pursuit of the RRT credential in serving in the Coordinator role.

  • Note: The above stated duties are intended to outline those functions typically performed byindividuals assigned to this classification.

  • This description of duties is not intended to be all inclusive nor to limit the discretionaryauthority of supervisors to assign other tasks of similar nature or level of responsibility.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of one (1) year clinical experience.

  • Will consider newly licensed personnel for entry level position.

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

  • Requires normal hearing and vision or corrected to normal range.

  • May require sitting, standing and walking for extensive periods of time.

  • This position requires proficiency in treatment of respiratory disorders for inpatient andoutpatients with various media, i.e. oxygen, therapeutic gases, inhaled medications andpositive pressure devices.

  • Interpretive skills frequent interactive and consultative associations are inherent in thisposition.

  • The ability to retrieve, communicate or otherwise present information in a written, auditory orvisual fashion is essential.

  • Physical Duties: Moderate to heavy lifting and positioning of patients.

  • Moderate pushing and pulling of equipment.

  • Working Conditions: 100% air-conditioned.

  • Moderate risk of exposure to blood or air-borne pathogens.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required.

Cleveland Clinic is pleased to be an equal employment/affirmative action employer: Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.