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Respiratory Care Practitioner

Primary Location San Diego, California Facility San Diego Medical Center Job Number 1209418 Date posted 12/20/2023
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Demonstrates an understanding of the cognitive, physical, emotional, and chronological maturation process in delivering services to patients of the age group served. Able to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needed in accordance with department policy.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws.

  • Complies with organizational rules, policies and procedures pertaining to Accreditation and Licensing (e.g., TJC, CAC Title 22, Safety, Infection Control, etc.).

  • Treats all patients in accordance with the Patient's Bill of Rights; maintains the privacy and confidentiality of both members and employees with regards to medical records and communication regarding disease, conditions and status.

  • Provides direct/indirect care and service to patient/member groups (neonatal, pediatric and adult ages and classifications).

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation process in delivering services to patients of the age group served.

  • Participates in patient care rounds as an active member of the critical care team.

  • Maintains knowledge of admitting diagnosis and pulmonary pathophysiology for assigned patients; performs patient assessment and provides appropriate therapy.

  • Evaluates and utilizes clinical data.

  • Evaluates and documents patient response to all respiratory therapy.

  • Provides treatment services such as: oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy and humidification, mechanical ventilation and physiotherapy and emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • Provides assessment of patient's condition including obtaining a brief respiratory history, auscultation of the chest by stethoscope and performing spirometry, recording findings in the patient's chart.

  • Draws arterial blood from patient for blood gas analysis.

  • Maintains and operates blood gas analyzers.

  • Transports patients requiring respiratory assistance.

  • Transports may be made within the medical center or to other medical center locations.

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Promotes, ensures, and improves customer service to internal/external customers by demonstrating skills which are consistent with the organization's philosophy. KP Service Standards: Follows established service standards as set forth in LMP's ABC's. That is, Take Initiative, Take Responsibility, Take Care, and Take Pride. Demonstrate compliance in all above four areas.  Examples: make a positive first impression, protect patient privacy and confidentiality, assume ownership, resolve conflict, show respect, maintain your environment, and support your team.

  • Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Registered Respiratory Therapist or Registry eligible with one year current experience.

  • Per the National Agreement, current KP Coalition employees have this experience requirement waived.


  • Graduate of a 2- year Respiratory Care Accrediting Board (RCAB) approved school of Respiratory Care.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Valid and current CA Respiratory Care Practitioner license.

  • CPR or American Heart Association approved BLS.

Additional Requirements:

  • N/A

Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A

Primary Location: California,San Diego,San Diego Medical Center Scheduled Weekly Hours: 1 Shift: Variable Workdays: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat Working Hours Start: 12:00 AM Working Hours End: 11:59 PM Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: B09|OPEIU|Local 30 Job Level: Individual Contributor Specialty: Pulmonary / Respiratory Therapy Department: San Diego Medical Center - Respiratory Therapy-Inpatient - 0806 Pay Range: $44.58 - $49.17 / hour The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status. Submit Interest