WCHN Western Connecticut Health Network

Senior Respiratory Therapist

US-CT-Norwalk
3 weeks ago
ID
2017-7221
Standard Hours
Full Time 40 Hour
Shift
Variable
Work Schedule
6:45 am - 3:15 pm, 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm, 11:00pm - 7:30 am, plus every other weekend.
Department
Pulmonary Medicine 741

Job Summary

The primary function and responsibility of the Sr. Respiratory Therapist is to conduct clinical evaluations of patients and to deliver respiratory care as required.  Under the direction of the Manager of Pulmonary Medicine, the Sr. Respiratory Therapist

  • Provides respiratory support for patients on ventilators (adults, pedi, and neonatal) by monitoring, evaluating, and making clinical judgments
  • Performs basic assessments (i.e; auscultation of breath sounds, pulses, respiratory pattern and rate, color, cough, and sputum) to assess appropriateness of therapy
  • Provides instruction for Respiratory and Nursing students, medical staff, patients and families
  • Maintains patient records and documents all patient care

Job Requirements

Requirements:

  • A.S. degree from an accredited Respiratory Care Program
  • State of Connecticut Dept. of Public Health License for a RCP, NBRC Registered and Basic Life Support certification
  • 1-2 years previous experience preferred 

Additional Job Requirements

Additional Requirements:

 

In addition to conducting basic assessments, the Sr. Respiratory Therapist will be expected to deliver care including, but not limited to: 

  • therapeutic and diagnostic administration of medical gases, humidification and aerosols;
  • administration of drugs and medications to the cardiorespiratory systems,
  • ventilatory assistance,
  • postural drainage,
  • chest physiotherapy,
  • vest therapy (HFCWO),
  • breathing exercise,
  • incentive spirometry,
  • pulmonary rehabilitation,
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and
  • maintenance of natural and artificial airways as well as insertion of artificial airways. 

Additionally, the Sr. Respiratory Therapist provides pulmonary function testing and evaluations when required including:

  • arterial blood gases,
  • obtaining blood samples from indwelling arterial catheters,
  • blood gas analysis,
  • bedside spirometry,
  • pulse oximetry and titration,
  • measurement of ventilatory volumes, flows and pressures, and Q/C for the blood gas analyzers  

Computer Skills Required:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Misys ABG entry and Cerner / Powerchart results entry, order entry, modification, review and BCMA

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