Registered Respiratory Therapist - AdventHealth Central Texas
Location Address: 2201 S Clear Creek Rd., Killeen, TX 76549
Top Reasons to Work At AdventHealth Central Texas, Killeen, TX
Our care for patients extend to the spiritual level by praying with patients and families and providing on call, 24 hours, 7 days a week Chaplains for spiritual support.
Award winning facility with opportunities to grow both professionally and personally working with great individuals, part of a bigger team that continues to build a world-class culture where you become family.
Extraordinary benefits to include tuition reimbursement and on-campus classes.
Cost of living is 20 percent lower than the national average
Largest school district in the area, with more than 50 elementary, middle, high school, and specialized campuses to choose from
Surrounded close to Ft. Hood, Copperas Cove, to Belton and Lampasas with plenty of restaurants, shopping and other family fun events.
Miles of scenic trails and parks available for recreational activity
What You Will Need:
Extensive knowledge of clinical applications, principles, and practices of respiratory critical care and an ability to act quickly and competently in emergency situations.
Experience in an acute care setting preferred
Experience in ED, ICU, and neonatal settings preferred
Successfully passed the Registered Respiratory Therapist exam with the National Board for Respiratory Care approved by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoArc) or a successor accrediting authority
Licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the state of Texas
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the National Board of Respiratory Care
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)
ACLS, PALS, NRP Certifications preferred
Active AARC Membership preferred
The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is responsible for providing basic and advanced respiratory services to infant, pediatric, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. The RRT performs routine respiratory clinical care including medication administration, arterial puncture, breathing exercises and retraining, initiation and monitoring of oxygen therapy and pulse oximeters. In addition, the RRT performs critical care duties including the initiation of, management, and discontinuation of mechanical ventilation, endotracheal intubation assist, airway care and attendance at deliveries and cardiopulmonary resuscitations dependent upon the RRT level of professional development attained. May perform routine and emergency care for age categories infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations.
You Will Be Responsible For:
The Respiratory Therapist provides high quality high quality patient care.
Receives and provides report regarding progress of all patients receiving therapy
Prioritizes work appropriately and ensures all work completed
Interacts with all members of the health care team to assure efficient problem resolution
Assess need for and initiates oxygen therapy, assessing efficacy and appropriateness through use of physical assessment, Spo2 and arterial blood gas sampling and interaction.
Works closely with nurses and physicians to aid with all aspects of patient care.
Reviews patient’s charts and notes any changes in therapy before each procedure; documents all procedures appropriately
Notifies appropriate personnel of any adverse reactions to therapy of practice.
Seeks guidance and direction as necessary for performance of duties.
Strives to accommodate changing needs of the department while maintaining high productivity, availability, and efficient use of physical resources and supplies.
Performs age specific care for age categories: infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations.
Reviews, collects, and evaluates pertinent and relevant clinical data
Performs basic therapeutic procedures for infant, child, adult, and geriatric patients
Communicates changes in treatment plans with other respiratory staff
Provides effective education to patients, students, and co-workers.
Performs procedures within the scope of practice as defined by the departmental policy and procedure manual and development level attained.
Responds to announced emergency situations
Notifies nursing of any adverse reaction to therapy
Adheres to infection prevention policies and procedures.
Documents and charges in the patient’s electronic medical record accurately.
Uphold professional standards for performance and conduct
Participates in departmental, hospital, and community in-services/education/training
Maintains membership in professional organization
Actively participates in performance improvement
Actively participates in positive skills mentorship for other staff.
Active participation in department to include meeting attendance, project participation, participation in team discussions and/or huddles, review of email and huddle board at least once per shift worked
Knowledgeable in regulatory standards as they apply to the department and position
Leaves work area such as workstation, med cart, vent tops, and bedsides in good order and ready for the next shift (to include removing unused meds from cart, returning unused supplies, removing dirty/unused equipment, updating report sheets/boards, etc.)
Clocks in on time and clocks out on time to maintain fiscal responsibility.
Always adheres to Standards of Professional Behavior, Values, Mission, and Vision. Avoids unprofessional activities such as gossip, negative conversations and behavior, 'pot-stirring', complaining, etc. Always displays a positive, helpful, and willing attitude along with appropriate communication to RT and interdisciplinary teammates. Displays respect at all times to RT and interdisciplinary team mates, patients, families, and visitors. Does not use the ideology of 'it's not my job'. Emphasizes inclusion and diversity of thought, action, and person.
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