Fulltime and Perdiem positions available for all shift including weekends. Must have a current RT license from the State of Florida and be certified from an AMA accredited school.

Current CPR, ACLS, and PALS certification required FL Licensed, bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Provides routine and specialized respiratory care. Responsible for treatment of patients to include, but not limited to, providing direct patient care and assisting with maintenance of supplies and equipment as needed for operation of the department. Assisting in developing program for the department.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Maintains, prepares and tests respiratory equipment for proper and safe operation.

2. Delivers respiratory equipment to patient floor in proper working condition. Follows and enforces the safety rules of the department and hospital.

3. Follows special procedures such as isolation precautions, etc. Upon completion of therapy, returns equipment to department for processing.

4. Periodically checks respiratory therapy equipment in use on the floors and on the units for proper operation and routine service. Reports any malfunctions of equipment to the Director of Respiratory Therapy.

5. Records procedures and patient responses on appropriate medical record form.

6. Collects sputum specimens for laboratory culturing.

7. Able to recognize the signs of cardiopulmonary arrest and/or failure. Assists in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures.

8. Follows proper safety procedures and lifting techniques. Reports all injuries and unsafe practices immediately to the Director of Respiratory Therapy.

9. Draws arterial blood gas sample and performs gas analysis by staff licensed by the state and authorized by the Medical Director.

10. Evaluates blood gas reports, checks for accuracy of results and reports abnormal blood gas values to patient=s nurse or physician.

11. Performs EKG=s as required.

12. Responsible for implementation of information appropriate for the age of the patient under care.

13. Demonstrate proper respect, attitude, courtesy, and professionalism and communication skills towards patients, staff, co-workers, doctors, administration personnel.

14. Ensures that patient evaluations are performed to protocol. Results are communicated to staff and goals set.

15. Treatments are performed as ordered in a safe timely manner with staff and family members involve in treatment when indicated.

16. Competent in the following, as appropriate to the ages of the patients:

– The ability to obtain information and interpret information in terms of the patient’s needs.

– Acknowledge of human growth and development.

– An understanding of the range of treatment needed by the patient.

17. Provides direct care to patients according to department’s needs.

18. Upon request from the Director of Respiratory Therapy, performs other assigned duties as required.