Geisinger Health, a nationally recognized leader in innovation and quality care, is seeking a full time Registered Respiratory Therapists for positions at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.
Assesses patients' respiratory care needs based on a variety of data. Plans, organizes, performs, and evaluates treatment modalities to meet those needs.
Performs all duties to the highest level of patient care and maximum patient satisfaction, in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Geisinger Health System.
Responsible for ensuring the very best patient/family experience by optimizing all customer interaction. Foster a positive work environment through mutual support and cooperation and adheres to GHS and unit specific Service Standards.
Works under the general direction of the RCS Leadership Team.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Graduate of a COARC accredited program in respiratory therapy with registry eligibility upon graduation. To be eligible for employment, individual must hold an active RRT credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and possess or have verification of temporary permit or permanent license to practice as a Respiratory Therapist in the state of Pennsylvania.
Must maintain AHA BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, and participate in departmental in-service programs.
Must maintain current PA State license and NBRC credential.
Must satisfy department orientation standards.
COMPETENCIES & SKILLS:
Demonstrates ability to interact professionally on all levels, within and outside of the organization.
Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrates good organizational skills.
Demonstrates a cooperative attitude and be able to work in a team environment.
MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
*1. Consistently performs and documents thorough patient assessments. Establishes appropriate care plans. Communicates with other members of the patient care team.
*2. Correctly performs and documents routine therapeutic modalities including aerosolized medications, secretion management techniques, pulmonary volume expansion, oxygen therapy, and assists with routine care and maintenance of artificial airways.
*3. Initiates and manages conventional and high frequency mechanical ventilators according to established protocol.
*4. Provides appropriate, age-specific, patient and family education as it relates to disease management.
*5. Assists in intra-hospital transport of mechanically ventilated patients.
*6. Responsible for acute airway management in emergent situations.
*7. Sets up and manages non-invasive monitoring (i.e. ETCO2 monitors, pulse oximeters).
*8. When care management not available, assists with discharge planning for patients needing respiratory related DME supplies, follows appropriate insurance guidelines.
*9. Adheres to regulatory requirements and safety standards. Adheres to institutional and nationally established standards of care.
*10. Collects arterial blood gas samples and processes through point of care blood analyzers.
*11. Maintains the confidentially of patient information according to established internal and external specifications and regulations including release of information and HIPAA.
*12. Demonstrates respect and courtesy for all persons with whom he/she is associated (i.e. patients, co-workers, visitors, physicians, volunteers and staff) in accordance with the Service Standards of the Geisinger Health System.
*13. Functions as the Shift Coordinator (charge person) when designated as such after one year of employment.
*14. Assists the medical team in the performance of fiberoptic bronchoscopy procedures.
*15. Assists the medical team with the placement invasive monitoring lines and obtains hemodynamic measurements/calculations.
*16. Assists in the intra-hospital transport of age specific patient groups.
*17. Functions as a preceptor for orientees and students in their clinical rotation.
*18. Performs other duties as required or assigned by emergency or other operational reasons for which the employee is qualified to perform.
*Denotes essential job functions
WORKING CONDITIONS / PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Heavy lifting and transporting of patients and equipment is sometimes required.
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.