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The Respiratory Care Practitioner Level I (RCP I) is a healthcare professional who is a graduate of an AMA-Approved Program in Respiratory Care, is licensed by the State of Connecticut as an RCP and is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The RCP performs a variety of clinical activities in the assessment, treatment, and education of the patient with respiratory problems. Under medical direction, an RCP is accountable to comply with departmental policies, guidelines, accepted respiratory care practices, as well as assumes responsibility and accountability for recommending and coordinating respiratory care to patients. Essential duties and responsibilities are described herein and include other duties as assigned. The successful completion of these duties will be assessed by the department supervisors, coordinator and/or manager. While being a part of the Bridgeport Hospital Respiratory Therapy team it is expected that therapists commit to the practices and behaviors outlined in Safety Starts with Me (HRO) and the Respiratory Therapy Department Standards of Performance.
Responsibilities: 1. Clinical Application of Respiratory Care: Functions efficiently, resourcefully and skillfully in providing patients optimum age-specific respiratory care. 1.1. Assesses patient's pulmonary status employing basic and advanced skills, which include reviewing the medical chart, patient interview, physical examination, and interpretation of blood gases. Demonstrates proficiency and consistency with all assessment skills. 1.2. Demonstrates knowledge and application of basic and advanced respiratory care procedures and performs such procedures as appropriate on all age populations according to physician's orders, established pharmacological standards, hospital and departmental policies; recommending initiation, adjustment, and discontinuation of these procedures in all clinical settings when appropriate. 1.3. Tests, adjusts, and applies oxygen, aerosol and humidity, and other basic and advanced equipment appropriately demonstrating knowledge of its operation to optimally support patients of all age-specific groups with common pulmonary pathologies. Demonstrates resourcefulness independently resolving routine clinical problems when appropriate. 1.4. Organizes and prioritizes work to complete assignment in a timely, efficient manner. Utilizes time productively during work hours, taking initiative and responsibility to help other staff members complete assignments. Follows all approved protocols when applicable. 1.5. Consistently utilizes hospital supplies and equipment in a cost-efficient manner. Uses equipment carefully to minimize breakage or damage. Helps identify equipment supply related cost saving ideas. 1.6. Applies and troubleshoots equipment appropriately, demonstrating knowledge of its operation. Recognizes the need to consult colleagues/supervisors to resolve clinical problems when appropriate. Provides guidance for and assists in bedside instruction of students and staff in critical care techniques as requested by supervisor. Tests, monitors, applies and adjusts standard and advanced life-support equipment to optimally support patients in the critical care setting using graphics, patient assessment, and lab data. 1.7. Assesses the cardiopulmonary status of the ventilator-dependent patients of all age-specific groups. Suggests to physician/RN appropriate adjustment/initiation of therapy in response to assessment. Communicates assessment during inter-shift report. 1.8. Assures proper functioning and availability of all departmental equipment. This includes verifying equipment Preventative Maintenance (PM) dates and supply expiration dates. 1.9. Performs emergent respiratory care modalities on all age populations, according to established hospital and departmental policies and practices. 2. Documentation and Written Communications: Contributes to effective communications within the department through documentation of services administered, changes in patient's clinical status and therapeutic objectives. 2.1. Accurately, records all care provided via electronic medical record (EMR). Identifies patient on written documents by using the medical record number (MRN) and patient labels as required by department and hospital policy. Maintains patient confidentiality with documentation practices. 2.2. Electronically records all procedures at the time of completion via the EMR. Composes Progress Notes and Comments as appropriate in a complete and accurate manner. Progress notes should include changes in the progress and course of the patient's clinical status and therapy as appropriate. 2.3. Accesses the EMR to enter scheduled medications given, retrieve patient data, complete physician orders, and review the Plan of Care. Reviews active respiratory orders routinely throughout shift to verify MD/LIP patient orders and to initiate/adjust care appropriately. 2.4. Seeks clarification as appropriate. 3. Consultation, Collaboration, and Communication: Communicates clearly and appropriately with co-workers. Demonstrates a cooperative team spirit and leadership, effectively contributing to excellence of patient care. 3.1. Patient report information is appropriate and conveys current patient status. Uses best practice when giving report and attentively and courteously accepts report in order to facilitate transition from one shift to the next. Accurately, completely and concisely conveys all relevant clinical information on patient's clinical course and status with report. 3.2. Consistently attends and actively participates in patient rounds with ICU assignments whenever possible. 3.3. Effectively consults and contributes, documents observations, and suggestions regarding patient respiratory care. Consistently remains in the ICU functioning as an integral part of the patient care
team to collaborate and contribute observations and recommendations regarding patient care. 3.4. Responds to requests for assistance by other therapists, team members and supervisors. Apprises supervisor/charge person of changing workload in order to facilitate optimum distribution and utilization of resources. 3.5. Contributes constructively in the identification of problems. Contributes constructively to the process of problem resolution, i.e., having ideas that can improve and remedy a problem. Takes responsibility for problem resolution and demonstrates follow through therein. 3.6. Consistently communicates with patients and family members in a courteous, clear, respectful and appropriate manner. 3.7. When functioning as a charge therapist, consistently completes assignment schedule, event reports, employee injury reports, and other administrative communications when appropriate. Communicates issues/events to management staff. Effectively attempts to resolve problems and contributes to a positive work environment. 3.8. Routinely accesses Bridgeport Hospital Email to communicate and keep updated with department activities. Attends mandatory department meetings and educational programs. 4. Self Development, Professionalism and Leadership: Assumes responsibility for maintaining clinical expertise through continuing education, professional growth, and development. Functions as charge therapist, upon request, in absence of shift supervisor. 4.1. Assumes responsibility for professional self-development by demonstrating ability to function as resource regarding current trends within the profession and new or advanced procedures/equipment in department. 4.2. Submits realistic, constructive self-assessment and goals to supervisor at least two weeks prior to review date and completes approved continuing education requirement at least two weeks prior to review date. Completes all mandatory hospital-wide and departmental training in a timely fashion, as evidenced by documentation required by the department. 4.3. Demonstrates a positive attitude toward the department. Encourages and activates others towards excellence within the department and supports departmental and interdepartmental Quality Improvement efforts. Demonstrates flexibility when interacting both within and out of the department. 4.4. Serves as a role model to students and peers, consistently demonstrating professionalism and a commitment to the Mission of the hospital. Encourages and fosters professionalism and a positive attitude among others within the department. 4.5. Functions effectively as a charge therapist, upon request, or in absence of shift supervisor. Understands and applies all basic supervisory skills according to department and hospital policy. Gains cooperation from others by displaying tact and diplomacy. 4.6. Demonstrates flexibility when interacting both within and out of the department.
Associates of Science degree and certificate of completion of an AMA-Approved Respiratory Care Program and current license by the State of Connecticut as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Registration by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Bachelor of Science Degree preferred.
Minimum one year acute care experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner preferred.
Current state of Connecticut Respiratory Therapy License
Current BLS at the Healthcare Provider Level
Current ACLS at the Healthcare Provider Level
NRP prior to Newborn/Pediatrics training
Excellent oral and written communication.
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work under stressful conditions.
Basic computer literacy.
Responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of patient care assignments while working independently. Maintains accurate and complete documentation. Safeguards the confidentiality of patients and families. Contributes to department compliance with OSHA, DPH, TJC, hospital standards and regulations. Accountable for promoting staff morale through positive interpersonal interactions and adherence to the department Standards of Performance.
Independently solves problems and serves as professional and operational resource to staff and students where applicable. Manages complex monitoring and life support equipment. Integrates assessment results of patients with both simple and complex diagnosis into the respiratory care treatment plan. Demonstrates ability to consult and advise physicians, nurses and others on appropriate respiratory care practice.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. They are occasionally required to sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. They must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. They are occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Incumbents as well as external and internal applicants who become disabled must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without the assistance of reasonable accommodation as determined on a case by case basis.