Respiratory Care Practitioner - 1st Shift, 12 Hours

Lahey Clinic Burlington, MA

This position reports directly to the Clinical Director Respiratory Therapy and receives day to day oversight from the Respiratory Supervisors. The Respiratory Care Practitioner performs respiratory care related duties to all age groups. The Respiratory Care Practitioner is responsible for direct patient care within their scope of services in accordance with state licensure, and the Registration Board of Respiratory Care. The Respiratory Care Practitioner works under physician orders, follows departmental and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center policies

The Respiratory Care Practitioner utilizes a high level of critical thinking skills, must have the ability to apply the appropriate best-practice, be objective and receptive to others? points of view with regard to patient care issues.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:


Provides direct patient care under physician orders and within the scope of services and licensure laws

Works collaboratively with providers

Reviews current orders in area of responsibility and ensures patients receive treatments as ordered

Administers medications via hand held nebulizer, MDI and new modes of delivery as established

Assesses patients throughout the treatment and interventions cycle

Completes and updates plans of care

Ensures ventilator parameters are set according to physician orders

Enters set and actual patient settings on flow sheets

Checks and documents alarm parameters

Completes documentation legibly

Assesses and performs daily spontaneous breathing trial

Calibrates inhaled nitric oxide system

Administers inhaled nitric oxide in cardiac catherization laboratory, through ventilator and assists with administration of nitric oxide in the operating room.

Administers helium-oxygen therapy

Sets up BIPAP and adjusts parameters per augmentation order set

Sets up patients on Non Invasive Ventilation

Performs non bronchial alveolar lavage procedures

Assists during procedures

Assists ventilated patients during transport

Assists to transition ventilator patients on EMS portable ventilators until transfer occurs

Responds to MET calls, codes blue, trauma calls and other emergencies

Performs CPR as needed

Participates with collaborative research projects

Draws arterial blood gases and sends to laboratory for analysis

Performs bedside spirometry, negative inspiratory force and vital capacity measurements

Takes initiative to review equipment and procedures to remain proficient

Assists and responds to nurses regarding questions on respiratory related issues

Participates on committees or task forces

Demonstrates flexibility to accept assignments

Develops proficiency in new respiratory practices and initiatives

Completes patient charges, daily events, equipment set up and testing inclusive of sticker check off

Ensures frequent visibility when covering critical care areas; attends provider rounds

Organizes and manages time and workflow effectively

Maintains a patient focused and centric approach

Maintain strict adherence to the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Confidentiality policy.

Incorporate Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Standards of Behavior and Guiding Principles into daily activities

Comply with all Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Policies.

Comply with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

Maintain courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.

Demonstrate an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.

Demonstrate a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.

Participate in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.

Participate in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.

Perform all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department



Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy from an Accredited School of Respiratory Therapy.

Licensure, Certification, Registration:

Massachusetts License

Certified Respiratory Therapist ? Registered Respiratory Therapist Preferred

Current BLS certification

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal skills

Working knowlegde of PC?s.

Excellent Oral and Written Communication skills.

Ability to impart specialized clinical and medical information to members of the health care team; physician, nurses


3 years minimum as a Staff Respiratory Therapist with a focus on critical care


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