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Respiratory Therapist

Company: Children's Hospital Colorado
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: June 19, 2019

Job Description:

Why Work at Children's....


This position is located in Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs is listed as #2 of best places to live in the U.S. (according to U.S. News & World Report)

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With a regional team of more than 550 team members - including 45 providers across more than 20 medical specialties - Children's Colorado has been present in southern Colorado since 2001 and now has team members at four locations providing outpatient specialty care, inpatient care, emergent care, therapy care and urgent care services. Scheduled to open in early 2019, the new Children's Hospital Colorado-Colorado Springs will be the first pediatric-only hospital in the region. Once completed, it will be the most comprehensive children's hospital between Denver, Dallas, Phoenix and Kansas City and will include the region's only emergency department and operating rooms built just for kids and served by pediatric experts who have dedicated their lives to treating kids - and only kids - and who will be directly linked to one of the country's leading pediatric academic medical centers. A career at Children's Colorado will challenge you, inspire you, and motivate you to make a difference in the life of a child.

This exciting opportunity will not only give you the ability to lead a diverse team of pediatric experts, you will also have the chance to build and grow a successful team in a new hospital in one of the most beautiful cities in the country!

Learn about Children's and our Culture: https://www.youtube.com/user/thechildrenshospital
Additional Information


Department: Mem Central Peds Resp Care

Hours per week: 36, eligible for benefits
Job Overview


The Respiratory Therapist (RT) provides family-centered care as demonstrated by recognizing the patient, family and/or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs. The RT assumes an active role in clinical education of patients, families and staff; and functions as a role model within respiratory and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, teamwork, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
Responsibilities


POPULATION SPECIFIC CARE


  • Neonate -
  • Infancy - > 30 days to 1yr
  • Toddlers - > 1yr to 3yrs
  • Pre-Schoolers - > 3yrs to 5yrs
  • School age - > 5yrs to 13yrs
  • Adolescent - > 13yrs to 18yrs
  • Adult - > 18yrs to 65yrs

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.

    • Assesses and evaluates until delivery of patient and family centered care, incorporating the respiratory process while providing developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based care within a defined clinic environment
    • In an Ambulatory setting, performs all Respiratory diagnostics to include but not limited to Pulmonary Function Testing (spirometry, lung volumes, helium-dilution, DLCO), Broncho provocation-Exercise Induced and Methacholine Challenges), Impulse oscillometry, Bronchoscopy Assist, Respiratory Education/care coordination.
    • Role models and coaches patient and family care needs through assessing changes in patient outcomes/clinic needs in the provision of care, within scope of practice.
    • Identifies and works to removes barriers in order to promote communication and advocacy of patient values, preferences and expressed needs as part of implementation of care plan, evaluation of care and assessment of patient/family learning needs to the interdisciplinary team.
    • Collaborates with the interdisciplinary care team to coordinate individualized care and education for patients/families.
    • Follows departmental or organizational practices and procedures that support effective teamwork.
    • Participates in safety and quality of care projects and disseminates and incorporates into team setting.
    • Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
    • Integrates best current evidence with clinical knowledge and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
    • Identifies need for and/or participates in the development or revision of organizational or departmental policies, procedures or practice guidelines in comparison with evidence based clinical practice.
    • Communicates the standard of care practices from applicable professional organization and/or association.
    • Identifies gaps in best practice and participates in the implementation of unit, division or organizational quality improvement; and participates with the interdisciplinary team to improve quality and safety outcomes.
    • Analyzes information and technology of patient, unit or organization outcomes to partner and foster communication, clinical decision making, error prevention, and care coordination.
    • Uses data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
    • Maintains membership of a respiratory or professional healthcare organization as required to maintain credential.
    • Participates in education by precepting and educating orientees, students, peers.
      Other Information


      SCOPE & LEVEL

      • GUIDELINES: Guidelines are generally but not always clearly applicable, requiring the employee to exercise judgment in selecting the most pertinent guideline, interpret precedents, adapt standard practices to differing situations, and recommend alternative actions in situations without precedent.
      • COMPLEXITY: Duties assigned are generally complex and may be of substantial intricacy. Work assignment is performed within an established framework under general instructions but requires simultaneous coordination of assigned functions or projects in various stages of completion.
      • DECISION MAKING: Exercises judgment and discretion, and is responsible for determining the time, place and sequence of the work performed.
      • COMMUNICATIONS: Contacts with the public or employees where explanatory or interpretive information is exchanged, defended, and gathered and discretion and judgment are required within the parameters of the job function.
      • SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Performs work with minimal supervisory oversight. Under general supervision, the employee receives assignments and is expected to carry them through to completion with substantial independence. Work is reviewed for adherence to instructions, accuracy, completeness, and conformance to standard practice or precedent. Recurring work clearly covered by guidelines may or may not be reviewed.
        Qualifications





        • EDUCATION: Associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy or Respiratory Care is required at the time of hire.
        • EXPERIENCE: Minimum of one (1) year of pediatric experience delivering respiratory therapy/care
        • CERTIFICATION(S):


          • Certification as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board of Respiratory
          • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association
          • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
          • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association is required at the time of hire if working in Medical/Surgical and/or Emergency Department areas.
          • Achievement and maintenance of a National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) certification in Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist if working in an Ambulatory setting within one year of hire.
          • LICENSURE(S): Licensure as a Respiratory Therapist in the state of Colorado
            Physical Requirements


            Body Movement: Will frequently stand/walk up to 12 hours per day. Will frequently use hands while keyboarding and writing. Will frequently sit up to 2-4 hours per day while accessing computer, talking on the telephone, and while attending meetings.

            Back and Upper Body (lifting and carrying): Will occasionally lift/force exerted up to 35 pounds/16 kilos.

            Vision: Constantly uses sight in performance for daily job duties.

            Hearing: Constantly uses hearing in performance for daily job duties.

            Others: Able to assist or assume direct patient care as census directly permits. Exposure to unsteady or falling patient: In the course of transferring a patient, may encounter a patient who falls or loses balance, causing employee to fall and/or bear the full weight of a patient.

            WORK ENVIRONMENT

            • Exposure: Exposure to blood/body fluid: Regular/Frequent.
            • Exposure: Exposure to heights: Occasional.
            • Exposure: Exposure to infectious diseases: Frequent.
            • Exposure: Exposure to lung irritations: Occasional.
            • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Independent discretion/decision making.
            • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Makes decisions under pressure.
            • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Manages stress appropriately.
            • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Works with others effectively.
              Equal Employment Opportunity


              It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. Be aware that none of the questions are intended to imply illegal preferences or discrimination based on non-job-related information.

Keywords: Children's Hospital Colorado, Pueblo , Respiratory Therapist, Healthcare , Colorado Springs, Colorado

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