Respiratory Therapist

Ascension Health Grand Blanc, MI
Job ID: 253328Respiratory TherapistGrand Blanc, MichiganRegular / Day

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Additional Job Information

Title: Respiratory Therapist

City, State: Grand Blanc, MI

Location: Health Park

Department: Respiratory Care 001

Additional Job Details: Part-Time Days, 6am to 630pm, every other weekend and rotating holidays

About Us

As the leading healthcare provider in mid-Michigan, Genesys has been improving our community's health for more than 95 years, and part of Ascension since 1999. As a group of affiliated medical campuses, outpatient centers, primary care locations including a network of 160 primary care physicians and ancillary healthcare organizations, we share a philosophy of providing personalized care to every person we serve.

Job Description

Job Summary:

Provides respiratory therapy as ordered by physician according to established hospital procedures and standards including: assessing patient's respiratory status, recommending interventions and evaluating effectiveness of treatment modalities. Provides respiratory care to pediatric, adult and geriatric patient populations. Works with physician and nursing staff as part of an interdisciplinary team to promote the rehabilitation of the patient's respiratory capabilities. Demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide care to the age group(s) served.


* 1. Assesses patient cardiopulmonary status regularly. Utilizes assessment parameters and techniques as indicated by patient population (adult, pediatric, geriatric).

* 2. Reviews and interprets physician orders and patient data to establish respiratory treatment plans.

* 3. Collaborates with physicians and nurses regarding the recommendations and administration of various respiratory therapy modalities.

* 4. Implements treatment plans by performing the following modalities: SVN, IPPB, CPT, USN, specimen collection and IS according to the procedure.

* 5. Administers various oxygen delivery devices: nasal cannula, venturi mask, simple oxygen mask, partial and non-rebreathing masks, aerosol and tracheostomy mask, T pieces, oxygen tents and hoods according to procedure.

* 6. Performs diagnostic procedures such as blood gas sampling, analysis and interpretation; bronchoscopy; polysomnographic studies; pulmonary function studies according to work assignment and established protocols.

* 7. Prepares and administers inhalant medications and observes patient for adverse reactions.

* 8. Assesses and evaluates patient tolerance, responses, and progress to ordered treatment modalities and documents in appropriate records. Recognizes changes in patient conditions and notifies nurse, physician and/or supervisors as necessary.

* 9. Conducts educational services for patient, families, therapist, nursing staff, respiratory therapy students and department personnel regarding respiratory therapy procedures and new developments in the field.

* 10. Assists in training of respiratory students from affiliated colleges, functions as an available resource for Respiratory Care Technicians.

* 11. Responds to "CODES" and emergency situations by establishing and maintaining airways, performing manual ventilation, cardiac compressions, blood gas determinations and sampling, and implementing mechanical ventilation as necessary.

* 12. Assembles, monitors, and trouble shoots pulse oximeters.

* 13. Assembles, implements as well as assesses and evaluates patients on all types of mechanical ventilation. Maintains the patient's airway; suctions and performs airway care; insures ventilator is delivering ordered parameters. Collaborates with physicians regarding recommended changes in ventilator management. Weans patient from mechanical ventilation.

* 14. Implements, monitors, and evaluates CPAP/BIPAP mask units according to procedures.

* 15. Maintains, cleans, tests, and trouble shoots equipment including mechanical ventilators to insure proper functioning.

* 16. Calibrates, maintains, cleans and performs quality control checks on blood gas analysis equipment.

* 17. Maintains knowledge of current trends and techniques in the field through department meetings, educational programs and current literature pertaining to respiratory therapy.

* 18. Performs other related duties as indicated and directed.

* Essential Functions: 1) Must possess interpersonal skills, including telephone and written skills, to communicate effectively with patients, physicians and staff when exchanging information; 2) Must possess critical thinking and analytic skills necessary to identify patient problems including hemo-dynamic monitoring skills, interpreting blood gas reports, trouble shooting ventilators, oximeters, blood gas analyzers, and other various respiratory therapy equipment; 3) Must have ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail when preparing medications and treatments, initiating therapeutic modalities and monitoring patient responses; 4) Must possess fine motor skills to work with sensitive technical equipment; 5) Must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time; must also be able to lift, push and/or pull patients or equipment when necessary; 6) Must possess auditory and visual ability to identify alarm systems.

* Working Conditions: 1) Patient care environment with minimal exposure to noise, dust, and temperature variations; 2) Frequent exposures to infections and/or contagious diseases, blood and body fluids when handling patients or samples; 3) Exposure to hazards from flammable and explosive gasses and electrical equipment; hazards are greatly reduced when established safety procedures are followed.

* Orientation Requirements: Must attend Medical Center new hire orientation and department orientation.

* The above is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or qualifications for the people so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify in any way, the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under their supervision. The most recently dated job description on file in the Human Resources Department will be considered the official job description.



* Required Credential(s):

* Certified Certification specializing in Neonatal Resuscitation credentialed from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) obtained within 12 Months (1 year) of hire date or job transfer date. If associate accepts a Special Care Nursery position, NRP certification will be required

* Licensed Respiratory Therapist credentialed from the Michigan Board of Respiratory Care obtained within 3 Months (90 days) of hire date or job transfer date.

* Registered Respiratory Therapist credentialed from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date.

* One or more of the following:

* Certified BLS Provider specializing in Basic Life Support credentialed from the American Heart Association (AHA) obtained within 1 Month (30 days) of hire date or job transfer date. Or Certified Instructor.


* Diploma

* Requires graduate of an accredited program Respiratory Therapy.

Work Experience:

* Respiratory experience preferred, not required.

How To Apply

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