The Respiratory Care Practitioner provides respiratory care services for the safe and effective care of neonatal, pediatric and adult patient populations. Performs direct patient care in all aspects of respiratory care according to order, protocol or clinical pathway. Determines effectiveness of therapy. Operates and maintains all equipment needed for the respiratory management of critically ill patients. Acts as the primary resource to parents, patients, and all Hospital personnel regarding pulmonary illness, therapies and equipment. Understands and integrates into the delivery of patient care the needs of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent and adult patients in regard to their growth and development process. Actively supports the Hospital and department's quality goals and service excellence principles.
1. Performs respiratory care according to policies/procedures/protocols. Anticipates impending emergent situations and intervenes effectively. 2. Institutes, monitors, maintains and troubleshoots respiratory care equipment including mechanical ventilation, high frequency ventilation, oxygen delivery devices, aerosol delivery devices, etc. 3. Provides airway care, administers inhaled medications, performs airway clearance, bronchial hygiene and lung expansion therapy. 4. Performs patient assessment and analyzes laboratory and diagnostic data in order to assist in patient plan of care. 5. Initiates, monitors and maintains therapeutic gases including heliox, nitric oxide, oxygen and nitrogen. 6. Communicates with the family and members of the multidisciplinary team to identify health care needs. 7. Evaluates the patient's progress through continuous observation and assessment of responses to interventions, treatments, and therapies. Recommends revision in the care plan according to changes in patient needs. 8. Demonstrates knowledge of pertinent aspects and competency with protocols related to the use of chemical disinfection, high level disinfection, and sterilization as required. 9. Keeps up to date in respiratory care by utilizing current respiratory and healthcare literature for information and problem solving. 10. Incorporates current hospital and departmental quality initiatives into daily activities. 11. Works cooperatively as a team member to foster achievement of department/hospital goals 12. Adheres to communication, service excellence and professional image standards that support the hospital mission and philosophy. 13. Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.
1. Graduate of a CoARC accredited associates degree program in respiratory care. Bachelor's degree or higher preferred. 2. Current licensure as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in the state of Illinois. 3. Active RRT Credential (Registered Respiratory Therapist) from the National Board for Respiratory Care. New graduates (within the last year) may obtain the RRT within 3 months of hire. 4. Basic Life Support Certification. PALS Certification within the first year of employment. NRP required for those working primarily in the NICU. 5. Ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills, accepting of change, demonstrate adaptability. Must possess the skills and judgement necessary to implement medical plan of care, clinical interventions and procedures as needed for the patient. 6. Ability to effectively communicate with patients, families, physicians and hospital staff. 7. Preferred: Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist (NPS) credential by the NBRC. Bachelor's Degree or higher in Respiratory Care or a biological science. Previous neonatal and pediatric critical care experience.