The Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) I is a professional position that performs the duties of the job following the Saint Luke's System Shared Behaviors Standard(s) and core Values of Teamwork, Quality/Excellence, Customer Focus, Learning and Innovation and Stewardship.
The practice/duties of the RCP I include, but are not limited to, those defined by the Statutes of the State(s) in which the hiring facility is located and the RCP is licensed.
The incumbent will use safe and appropriate methods while administering pharmacologic, diagnostic and therapeutic agents related to respiratory care to implement disease prevention, diagnostic testing, treatment or pulmonary rehabilitative regimen prescribed by a physician or by clinical protocols (RATE) pertaining to the practice of Respiratory Care.
Observing, examining, monitoring, assessment and evaluation of signs, symptoms and general physical response to respiratory care procedures for abnormal outcomes and implementation of necessary changes based on the observation of the abnormal outcome using appropriate clinical protocols or licensed physician prescription.
The initiation of emergency procedures as permitted by the facility.
Other duties may be assigned based on completion of training and competency.
Depending on the services provided at the specific SLHS facility, the RCP I may treat, neonatal through geriatric patients under direct and indirect supervision.
Skill requirements include, but are not limited to the ability to follow policies/procedures defined by protocol(s) and policies of the system/facility; critical thinking and ability to organize thoughts to present concise report/handoff of patient information and for documentation of information; computer skills; organizational skills, set priorities and perform detailed work accurately; fluent in written and verbal skills of English; ability to read and understand English; mechanical abilities; knowledge of normal and abnormal pathology related to the respiratory system; knowledge of the indications, appropriateness, contraindications and side effects of various medications and treatment techniques in respiratory care; excellent interpersonal skills.
Physical requirements include, but are not limited to, the ability to frequently sit, stand and walk up to 12.5 hours per shift on flat surface and walk up and down multiple flights of stairs, frequent use of hands to manipulate equipment and supplies as well as keyboarding, auditory, the ability to bend, squat, reach above the shoulders, twist and turn, kneel, push/pull, help position patients in bed using assistive devices when necessary and move cylinder carts or equipment. Able to lift up to 50 pounds. Perform CPR and Bag Mask ventilation and chest compression, visual acuity in decreased lighting.
Applicable State Licensure
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Maintenance of Career Ladder Level I
Facility Specific additional requirements
North: This position requires the incumbent to work at multiple facilities, be available to work various shifts/ hours (day, night, combination 8,10 or 12 hours), be available for call, weekend and holiday work, and perform quality controls on equipment, run laboratory testing as well as perform phlebotomy and other laboratory related QC.
NBRC Credential RRT
Bachelor in a Health Science or Respiratory Therapy