Senior Respiratory Therapist
Danbury Health Systems
 Norwalk, CT

About Nuvance Health

Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit hospitals and healthcare professionals in the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled physicians, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care.

Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practices locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations. For more information about Nuvance Health, visit www.nuvancehealth.org.

Summary:

Responsible for clinical evaluation of patient and delivery of respiratory care as required.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides respiratory support for patients on ventilators (adults, pedi, and neonatal) by monitoring, evaluating, and making clinical judgements. Criteria A: Performs therapeutic modalities with a full understanding of pathophysiology and indication for therapy. Takes appropriate action if such therapy is contraindicated or side effects develop. Uses special monitoring skills such as ECG, physiologic data, lab results, ventilator graphics, A-lines and End-tidal CO2 when available to asses patient care decisions.
  • Responsible for the implementation of Respiratory Care procedures. Evaluates and makes recommendations in the therapies rendered. Criteria A: Evaluates, prepares and instructs patients. Performs basic assessments i.e; auscultation of breath sounds, pulses, respiratory pattern and rate, color, cough, and sputum to assess appropriateness of therapy. Recommends therapy and changes as needed. Care delivered includes but is 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 exercises, incentive spirometry, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and maintenance of natural and artificial airways as well as insertion of artificial airways. Responsible for the implementation of Respiratory Care procedures. Evaluates and makes recommendations in the therapies rendered. Criteria B: Contributes data for Patient Progress Reports and New Start Evaluations for CQI Responsible for the implementation of Respiratory Care procedures. Evaluates and makes recommendations in the therapies rendered. Criteria C: Delivers non standard modes of therapy after appropriate training (including Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy)
  • Documentation of therapy. Criteria A: Responsible for accurate, timely documentation of treatment in the patient's record. Information is to be charted in the appropriate record in complete detail. These records are the ventilator data sheet, treatment card, and Cerner electronic entry depending upon the therapy delivered.
  • 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. (Advance level performs PFT's and troubleshoots / repairs lab equipment). Criteria A: Performs tests accurately using proper techniques
  • Provides safe administration of mixed medical gases. Helps maintain inventory and ventilatory readiness. Criteria A: Chooses and prepares proper equipment, implements therapy and monitoring devices safely. Complies with infection control policies, aseptic and sterile techniques, hand washing and equipment changes. Uses equipment safely. Cares for equipment, identifies problems and makes recommendations. Minimizes waste and damage. Provides safe administration of mixed medical gases. Helps maintain inventory and ventilatory readiness. Criteria B: Assists with ordering/stocking of equipment and pre-use checks of ventilators. Provides a neat, clean working environment.
  • Annual competencies - Servo i, PB 840, Vision, V60, iVent, AVEA Criteria A: Ensures that competencies are completed in a timely manner
  • Provides instruction for Respiratory and Nursing students, medical staff, patients and families. Interacts with patients and families to provide information and support for diagnosis/therapies. Criteria A: Reports all necessary facts and provides appropriate information based on scientific fact and/or clinical experience. Provides instruction for Respiratory and Nursing students, medical staff, patients and families. Interacts with patients and families to provide information and support for diagnosis/therapies. Criteria B: Documents patient education in Cerner
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Fulfills all compliance responsibilities related to the position.

Other information:

Required: A.S. degree from an accredited Respiratory Care Program.

Minimum Experience: zero to six months

Desired: State of Connecticut, Dept. of Public Health License for a RCP, NBRC Registered and Basic Life Support certification.

Location: Norwalk-34 Maple St

Org Unit: 366

Department: Pulmonary Medicine

Work Type: Part-Time

Standard Hours: 4.00

FTE: 0.100000

Work Schedule: Day/Night 12

Exempt from Overtime: Exempt: No

Credentials:

Essential:

  • Basic Life Support
  • National Board for Respiratory Care
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner

Education:

Essential:

  • Associate's Level Degree

Western Connecticut Health Network and its affiliates are Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations and therefore eligible employees may qualify for forgiveness of certain federal student loans under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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