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Respiratory Therapist

Location: Wailuku, HI Additional Locations:
Job Number: 773654 Date posted: 10/21/2019
Description:

Monitors and ensures proper operation and functioning of respiratory therapy equipment. Monitors  patients' physiological parameters during therapy. Administers medical gases and aerosolized drugs.



Essential Responsibilities:

  • Initiates therapy under a Physicians order, and makes appropriate recommendations for modalities of Therapy.
  • Implements therapy for, and monitors patients while on continuous mechanical ventilators and all modes of positive pressure breathing devices. Utilizes clinical and other data to assess cardiopulmonary status of patients.  Assists in intubation.  Provides bedside spirometry.  Evaluates ventilator dependent patients' readiness to wean.
  • Administers humidified medical gases as ordered by practitioners with authority to prescribe.
  • Interprets blood gas results. Consults attending physician/practitioner regarding appropriate therapy.  Performs arterial punctures. Withdraws blood samples from indwelling lines.
  • Provides ventilatory support during special procedures. Coordinates transport of ventilatory equipment.
  • Implements and monitors care of patients on heated aerosols and CPAP as per practitioner order.
  • Develops good working relationships with laboratory, x-ray, infection control, nursing, physicians and other healthcare workers to maintain optimum total patient care.
  • Cleans and maintains all respiratory therapy equipment. Assists in maintaining adequate inventory of respiratory supplies.  Conducts quality control tests on all respiratory equipment. Maintains equipment in safe, workable order; Requests repair when necessary.
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement teams as required.
  • Monitors esophageal pressures, swan ganz catheter data, CVP, arterial blood pressures, electrolytes, fluid balance and intravascular volumes as they pertain to respiratory patients.
  • Performs chest physiotherapy, manual ventilation and suctioning.  Positions patients to facilitate respiration.
  • Performs tracheostomy care and mouth care on intubated/trached patients.  Changes tracheostomy tube as ordered.
  • Performs electroencephalogram as ordered. This includes taking measurements of the head, placement of electrodes, acquisition of data, monitoring of vital signs.
  • Performs polysomnography as ordered for sleep studies.
  • Documents pertinent information in medical record.  Documents care provided in medical record.
  • Monitors disease processes, arterial and venous catheter placement and endotracheal tube placement via chest x-ray.
  • Communicates pertinent patient information to physicians, practitioners and nurses as appropriate.
  • Participates in patient rounds with Pulmonologist/Intensivist/Neonatologist.  Responds to and participates in Code Blue as part of Code team/RRT Team.  
  • Able to instruct patient and family on disease processes and treatments provided by Respiratory Therapy in accordance with the hospital patient/family education policies and procedures. Assumes on-call status as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Basic Qualifications:

    Experience

  • Six months of experience within in the last two years or completion of a clinical rotation within the last year in critical care/intensive care environment, to include care of respiratory needs of acutely ill patients.
    Education

  • Associate's degree with major in Respiratory Therapy.
  • Documentation of highest level of education achieved must be provided.
    License, Certification, Registration

  • Valid Hawaii Respiratory Therapist license (must meet education requirement(s) for Hawaii State licensure).
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) (must obtain within 3 months of hire).
  • Certified Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification.


    Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in written communication, oral communication, interpersonal relations, customer service, decision making, problem solving, and teamwork.


    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with NICU (neonatal intensive care) and cardiac surgery patient.
  • Primary Location: Hawaii,Wailuku,Memorial - Wailuku Tower 221 Mahalani St. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: S02 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Rehab Services Department: Respiratory Therapy Department Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time 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.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

    About Rehab Services Careers

    Rehab Services Careers

    In an effort to increase our collective knowledge and deliver higher-quality, more informed care, we encourage dialogue and collaboration across the care delivery spectrum. Our rehab department includes professionals in audiology, respiratory care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and much more.

    In addition to inpatient and outpatient opportunities, we also offer home health opportunities, affording you the chance to improve patient outcomes in the home care setting. With outstanding educational opportunities and modern equipment and technology, you'll actively participate in your patients' journey to wellness while continually elevating your own expertise.

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    Kaiser Permanente offers full-time, part-time, per diem, and in-house registry opportunities in a variety of practice settings, including home health, inpatient, and outpatient. Additional opportunities include occupational therapist, physical therapist, and licensed physical therapist assistant.

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    At Kaiser Permanente, Respiratory Care Practitioners are an integral part of our respected health care team. They are responsible for developing patient treatment plans and have the opportunity to work in a variety of exciting and challenging areas from adult critical care to cardiology to high-risk delivery. Our Respiratory Care Practitioners have the advantage of computerized state-of-the-art equipment, including life support systems, arterial blood gas analyzers, and non-invasive monitors.

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