UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center - Main Campus

Respiratory Therpst (Reg)

4 weeks ago
ID
2017-7687
Type
Full Time
Department
7180 Respiratory Care
FTE
0.90
Shift
3rd, Nights
US-WA-Seattle
New Grads?
No

Overview

Join our award-winning team at UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.  We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are:

  • The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award
  • The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award
  • This is the second consecutive year Northwest Hospital has achieved both the Spine Surgery Excellence Award and a ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery.
  • The Stroke Care Excellence Award
  • Winner of the Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, we’re also one of the safest places to get care – among the top 5% in the country.

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. 

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services.  With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. 

Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. 

As a UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.

 

We’re interested in learning more about you and appreciate your taking the time to apply online. UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is committed to employing a diverse workforce. EOE

 

UW Medicine – Northwest Hospital and Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected characteristic. Minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply

Responsibilities

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES (ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS)

 

Plans and Evaluates Care, includes but is not limited to:

Reviews physician’s prescription and patient information, performs assessments of patient’s breathing condition, and recommends appropriate respiratory therapy treatment to physician. 

Monitors patient’s responses to therapy and appropriately consults with nurses and physician if adverse reactions occur.

Refers concerns regarding patient care plan to supervisor and director.

 

Provides, Progresses,  and Documents Care, includes but is not limited to: 

Performs respiratory diagnostics including: Nocturnal oximetry testing, bedside pulmonary function testing, apnea monitoring, and bronchoscopy assistance.

Sets up and operates respiratory equipment, following treatment parameters.

Administers respiratory therapy treatments including:

  1. Invasive ventilation: Safely and effectively uses volume or pressure ventilators on adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients.
  2. Noninvasive ventilation: Assesses need for and implements proper type/ fittings for nasal prongs or nasal/full masks.
  3. Administers oxygen and Heli-Ox therapies and inhaled medications.
  4. Performs lung inflation therapies such as incentive spirometry and IPPB.
  5. Performs airway management such as nasotracheal suctioning, tracheotomy tube and button measurement / placement, and chest physiotherapy.
  6. Responds to emergency codes and provides emergency care.  Makes appropriate clinical decisions in emergency situations.
  7. Follows established procedures and observes all safety precautions.
  8. Meets departmental standards for quality, customer service, and productivity.

Documents patient treatment and responses according to policy and procedure. Properly completes all required paperwork.

 

Provides for Continuing Care, includes but is not limited to:

Educates patient, family members and caregivers on breathing condition and instructs them on appropriate management techniques such as breathing exercises and home respiratory care.

 

Communication and Collaboration, includes but is not limited to:

Confers with interdepartmental team to plan, implement, and assess the treatment program. 

Acts as consultant to nursing and physician staff regarding technical aspects of respiratory care.

Communicates pertinent clinical information to nursing and physician staff.

Gives complete, accurate and pertinent patient information at shift report.

 

Training and Leadership, includes but is not limited to:

Serves as a resource to other Respiratory Care staff in theory and application of respiratory therapeutics.

Trains and orients new employees.

Supervises and trains assigned students and evaluates their performance. 

Assists with organizational planning, and actively participates in the development and implementation of new programs, departmental performance improvement projects, and projects that ensure the department remains compliant with all regulatory requirements.

 

Equipment and Supplies, includes but is not limited to:

Demonstrates thorough knowledge of all respiratory care equipment and its operation.

Inspects, cleans, tests and maintains equipment to ensure proper functioning, ordering repairs as needed.

Complies with procedures for maintenance of departmental supplies and equipment.

 

Qualifications

Education Background 

  • Graduate of a two-year AA, AMA-accredited respiratory therapy school.

Licensure, Registration, Certification 

  • Registered with the National Board of Respiratory Care. 
  • Current Washington State license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. 
  • Current BLS certification.
  • Must provide proof of current NRP certification.

Special Training/Skills

  • Demonstrates technical knowledge and skills typically gained through recent clinical and classroom experience in an approved Respiratory Care training program.
  • Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on assigned unit/department. 

Work Experience

  • Minimum of one year ICU experience required.

 

Physical Abilities

  • Able to respond as member of "code team", within established hospital guidelines. 
  • Able to safely maneuver patients and equipment.

Physical Demand Level:  Light

In an 10 0r 12 -hour workday, must be able to-

Lift / Carry 20 pounds occasionally and 10 pounds frequently

 

As required, must be able to-

Sit, Stand, Walk, Bend, Squat, Kneel, Crawl, Climb and Reach above shoulders

Push and Pull

Perform fine motor functions

Must possess functional vision, hearing, and speech in order to communicate effectively with clients, client advocates, and staff.

 

 

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