Maintains knowledge of the various methods of oxygen delivery, including the necessary equipment. Remains alert to and assesses possible side effects to oxygen delivery.
Administers respiratory therapy treatments, understands the purpose of each and the possible side effects associated with each.
Assesses patient pain interfering with optimal level of function or participation in rehabilitation. Makes appropriate physical contact for intervention.
Documents all pertinent data on the patient's medical record following completion of any service.
Maintains a thorough knowledge of all departmental forms, flow charts, logbooks, and their proper usage.
Performs EKGs and files reports.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Maintains thorough knowledge of hazards of oxygen therapy.
Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs of a patient and evaluates effectiveness of learning. Patient's family is included in teaching as appropriate.
Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Coordinates and directs patient care to ensure patients' needs are met and that hospital policy is followed.
Demonstrates ability to assess patient, his/her need, and ability to tolerate treatment and reassessment for response to treatment.
Attends education in-service programs to maintain professional competency. Obtains appropriate hospital-specific education and training.
Performs all additional duties as assigned by the Director of Nursing.
Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly.
Completes required documentation of pre and post assessments, care planning, and daily documentation of patient receiving respiratory therapy treatments and services.
Follows laws, regulations, and safe practices of medication management activities.
Utilizes continuing education to keep abreast of current advancements related to pulmonary care.
Administers medical gases, breathing therapy modalities, and approved medications upon written order of physicians.
Administers therapy utilizing standards of care and best practices.
Recommends and implements appropriate alterations to therapy based on observations.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the differences in techniques and treatment modalities as performed on patients of varying ages, including geriatric patients, as well as the general patient population.
Other duties as assigned.
Graduate of an AMA-approved School of Respiratory Therapy
Current CPR certification
Three (3) or more years of previous experience in all aspects of cardiopulmonary services.
Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.