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Northern Light Health Respiratory Therapist/RTT in Waterville, Maine

Lakewood

Department: Cardiopulmonary

Position is located: Inland Hospital

Work Type:PRN

FTE: 0.000100

Work Schedule:No Hours Assigned

Summary:

Provides respiratory therapy to patients as ordered by physicians, according to established standards and practices of the Hospital.

Responsibilities:

  1. Provides a wide range of respiratory therapy procedures (correctional/routing) as ordered by a physician, including chest physiotherapy.

  2. Checks patient’s charts and physician’s orders. Collaborates with other health care providers in order to provide appropriate care and Hospital function.

  3. Set up necessary equipment and medications, and administers treatment as ordered. Responsible for patient teaching as it relates to the patient’s care plan. Documents all treatments, response and progress.

  4. Monitors environment control systems. Delivers and sets up equipment and monitors patients on continuous ventilation.

  5. Performs oxygen cylinder rounds.

  6. Performs nasotracheal and tracheal (endotracheal tube or tracheostomy) suctioning.

  7. Makes patient rounds regularly to ensure quality care according to set standards of care.

  8. Observes patients, checks equipment, changes/makes adjustments as necessary.

  9. Recognizes medical problems and reports to the physician when necessary.

  10. Applies emergency protocols as needed and alerts Director immediately.

  11. In the event of cardiac arrest, proceeds to location, and participates as a member of the code team with establish and maintenance of patient airway.

  12. Performs arterial blood gas sampling using accepted safety protocols for blood borne pathogens.

  13. Maintains established department policies, procedures, objectives, quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control.

  14. Assist in care and maintenance of department equipment and supplies.

  15. Charts treatment, response, and progress.

  16. Performs EKG and PFT procedures.

  17. May perform EEG testing with appropriate training.

  18. Instructs patients in use of spacers, breathing techniques, and other pulmonary topics.

  19. Complies with Inland Hospital’s Hand Hygiene Standards.

  20. Adheres to Inland Hospital’s Standards of Behavior.

  21. Performs other essential duties as assigned.

Competencies and skills:

Essential:

  • Behaves with Integrity and Builds Trust: Acts consistently in line with the core values, commitments and rules of conduct. Leads by example and tells the truth. Does what they say they will, when and how they say they will, or communicates an alternate plan.

  • Commercial Equipment

  • Cultivates Respect: Treats others fairly, embraces and values differences, and contributes to a culture of diversity, inclusion, empowerment and cooperation.

  • Fosters Accountability: Creates and participates in a work environment where people hold themselves and others accountable for processes, results and behaviors. Takes appropriate ownership not only of successes but also mistakes and works to correct them in a timely manner. Demonstrates understanding that we all work as a team and the quality and timeliness of work impacts everyone involved.

  • Practices Compassion: Exhibits genuine care for people and is available and ready to help; displays a deep awareness of and strong willingness to relieve the suffering of others.

  • Provides Patient-Centered Care: Demonstrates understanding of patient care quality and service as organizational priority. Proactively supports change to improve patient experience and results. Exhibits the ability and willingness to find out what the patient wants and needs and to act accordingly, taking the organizational and outside resources into account. Cooperates, collaborates, communicates, and integrates care within and between teams to ensure that care is continuous and reliable.

Credentials:

Essential:

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist Required.

  • Credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care.

  • Licensed by State of Maine.

  • BLS and NRP are mandatory – ACLS preferred.

Education:

Essential:

  • High School Diploma/General Educational Development (GED)

  • Associate's Degree

Working conditions:

Essential:

  • Potential exposure to abusive and/or aggressive people.

  • Potential exposure to diseases or infections.

  • Potential exposure to hazardous materials.

  • Potential exposure to noxious odors.

  • Continuous kneeling.

  • Continuous standing.

  • Lifting, moving and loading over 50 pounds.

  • Continuous walking.

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