Respiratory Therapist | Memorial Hospital of South Bend (Finance)
Reports to the Clinical Manager. Respiratory therapists also known as respiratory care practitioners-evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. Responsible for the proper and safe administration of respiratory care including intermittent and continuous therapy, blood gas sampling and analysis, mechanical ventilation, airway management and non-invasive oxygen and carbon dioxide monitoring of neonatal, newborn, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.
MISSION & VISION
Mission: To enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the communities we serve as the community's provider of outstanding quality, superior value and comprehensive health care services.
Vision: Our vision is to achieve:
Innovative health care and well-being services of the highest quality at the greatest value
Easy access and convenience
Outstanding patient experiences
Ongoing education involving physicians, patients and the community
Education and Experience
The knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated below are normally acquired through the successful completion of an Associate's Degree in Respiratory Therapy or equivalent education. Requires current registration by the National Board of Respiratory Care as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (or eligible). A current and valid Indiana License as a Respiratory Care Practitioner is also required. Requires being a Registered Respiratory Therapist through the national Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) or if new graduate will be given 1 year from their date of hire to obtain the RRT credential. Those who do not obtain the RRT credential within the assigned time frame will not be eligible to remain in their Respiratory Therapy position.
Knowledge & Skills
Requires knowledge of application and effects of respiratory therapy techniques and procedures.
Requires interpersonal skills necessary for effective communication with patients, families, and team members.
Requires analytical skills to determine appropriate methods of therapy based upon observation of the patient and diagnostic reports.
Works in a patient care environment with potential exposure to communicable disease and radiation or from use of chemical solutions for disinfection.
Requires the physical ability and stamina (i.e. to walk/stand for prolonged periods of time, push carts/wheelchairs up to 50 pounds, to position/lift patients at a maximum of 35 pounds unassisted, over 35 pounds requires assistance, provide CPR, etc.) to perform the essential functions of the position.