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Therapist, Respiratory

Primary Location Washington D.C., District of Columbia Job Number 1148903 Date posted 01/24/2023
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Under the supervision of, and in collaboration with a physician, provides evaluation, care, and treatment of patients with actual or anticipated dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Is responsible for patient evaluation through observation and monitoring of physical signs and symptoms, general behavior, and physical response to respiratory care procedures to ensure proper patient treatment. Communicates patients results to physicians and Health Care Team (HCT).

  • Transcribes and implements written or verbal orders pertaining to pulmonary function tests (PFTs). Administers prescribed medications for inhalation.

  • Performs respiratory related tests and therapy treatments i.e. bronchial provocation challenge tests, pulmonary function tests and oxygen therapy according to procedures and prescribed therapies. Appropriately operates medical equipment for each test or procedure.

  • Is responsible for the accurate documentation of medical record procedures and interventions performed, patients responses to procedures and interventions and medications administered.

  • Prepares charts and test results for physician review and reports patients responses to treatment to the physician.

  • Communicates treatment plan to patients, responds to patients questions and periodically follows up with patients to monitor ongoing therapy.

  • Practices and adheres to safety precautions by maintaining equipment in good working order and following infection control policies and procedures.

  • Performs other related duties as directed.


Ability to obtain MD & VA license. 

PFT experience preferred.


Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum one (1) year of respiratory therapy experience required.

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



  • Minimum two (2) year degree from an accredited school of respiratory therapy required.


License, Certification, Registration

  • This job requires credentials from multiple states. Credentials from the primary work state are required before hire. Additional Credentials from the secondary work state(s) are required post hire.

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist Certificate OR Respiratory Therapist Certificate

  • Respiratory Care Practitioner License (Virginia) within 6 months of hire

  • Respiratory Care Practitioner License (Maryland) within 6 months of hire

  • Respiratory Care Practitioner License (District of Columbia) within 6 months of hire

  • Basic Life Support from American Heart Association


Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrates clinical knowledge appropriate to care setting.

  • Uses equipment and information systems appropriately.

  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A

Primary Location: District of Columbia,Washington,Capitol Hill Medical Center Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 08:30 AM Working Hours End: 05:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: M40|OPEIU|Local 2 Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: Capitol Hill Medical Center - Pulmonology - 1808 Pay Range: $34.84 - $41.73 Travel: Yes, 20 % 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.