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    The Registered Respiratory Therapist provides Therapeutic and Diagnostic Cardiopulmonary Care to Veterans at VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS). The incumbent is under the overall supervision of the Supervisor, Cardiopulmonary Services, Medical Director of the Chief, Pulmonary Section, and administrative direction of the Chief, Medical Service.

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    The respiratory therapist is responsible in assisting the Supervisor, Cardiopulmonary Services to assure timely ordering coordination with SPD, delivery and stocking of all parts and supplies required by the Respiratory Care Services. The incumbent also recommends changes in the Respiratory Care Services to improve services and patient care. The incumbent resolves technical work problems with the aid of references, such as manuals, troubleshooting guides, and other reference sources. The incumbent will be responsible in assisting the Supervisor, Cardiopulmonary Services for updating manuals and procedures and recommending policies, which will keep Respiratory Care Services up-to-date. The incumbent will report progress and resolution of problems in achieving goals and objectives to the Supervisor, Cardiopulmonary Services. The incumbent will assist the Supervisor, Cardiopulmonary Services in planning and implementing effective educational programs for inservices, orientation, continuing education, and other personnel training in the cardiopulmonary care. The incumbent participates in the training of respiratory therapy staff, medical students, house staff, nursing staff, other Medical Center personnel, and patients.

    Duties to include but not limited to:

      • Mechanical Ventilation Management, Pulmonary function testing, Bronchial Provocation Testing, Indirect Calorimetry, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing, Home CPAP/Bi-level/VPAP set-up, Aerosolized Medication Administration, Oxygen Therapy which includes Home Oxygen Evaluations, Aerosol Therapy, Pulse Oximetry, Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) sampling and analysis and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
      • Knowledge and skills necessary to complete the duties of the position including that necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served.
      • Familiarity with American Thoracic Society Standards, Joint Commission, CAP, and OSHA Guidelines.
      • Review the baseline data to assure that all therapeutic objectives are met for each patient.
      • Responsible for setup, monitoring of patient information, identifying patient improvement, troubleshooting equipment problems, completing the necessary therapeutic procedures and testing, and presenting the entire process to the physician for review and concurrence.

    Work Schedule: Intermittent work schedule days, nights, weekends, holidays, on call required.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    This position is covered under the bargaining unit.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0601 General Health Science

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