A day in the life as a respiratory therapist can involve meeting and assessing new patients, as well as administering treatment to and following up with existing patients. RTs should be detail-oriented, patient, compassionate, and possess stellar interpersonal skills as they interact with vulnerable patients who often need as much genuine comfort as they do medical treatment. Respiratory therapists need to have a unique skill set that allows them to multitask while remaining hyper-focused on the needs and conditions of their patients.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
- Assists with patient’s goals and needs by providing quality care: Conducting pulmonary function tests; assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining respiratory therapy treatment plans in consultation with patient’s physician.
- Supports life by administering medicated inhalants; operating and managing mechanical ventilators, BIPAP therapy, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
- Administers respiratory therapy treatments by performing broncho-pulmonary drainage; assisting with breathing exercises; monitoring physiological and clinical responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, SPO2 and clinical appearance.
- Is present for all new born deliveries and C-sections, assessing the newborn and providing appropriate intervention when needed. (ventilation, CPAP therapy, suctioning etc.)
- Assists in discharge planning by consulting with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health care workers; contributing input during patient care conferences.
- Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
- Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
- Ensures proper operation of equipment by performing pre-test calibrations and maintenance requirements; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs when needed.
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending in-service training programs, educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies..
- Complies with federal, state, and local legal and certification requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
Education, Experience & Certification/Licensure
- Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credentialed by the NBRC
- Associate degree from a respiratory care education program that is supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
- Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) credential
- Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) credential
- Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialed by the NBRC
For More Information, Contact
Dalaney Tuholski, Human Resources Recruiter
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Why Blue Mountain Hospital District & Grant County?
The Blue Mountain Hospital District (BMHD) is located in Grant County, Oregon, at the heart of the John Day River, in beautiful, rural, Eastern Oregon. Our District is comprised of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), Family & Rural Medicine Clinic, Home Health and Hospice, Emergency Medical Services, an Intermediate Care Center and all of the supporting ancillary departments necessary to care for the health and wellness of our community.
Our District spans from John Day to Prairie City, nestled in a valley surrounded by the Blue Mountains. The Strawberry Mountain Range and John Day River Valley offers a variety of outdoor activities, from abundant hiking/mountain biking/horse riding trails, to high and low lakes and ponds. Our area is known to be a “go to” place not just for recreation, but also for big game hunting and fishing!
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