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This position will support the Federal Government's response efforts to COVID-19.
Current permanent VA and other federal employees should apply under CBST-10798250-20-HC .
The position of Registered Respiratory Therapist is located in the Medicine Service at the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, AR.
The duties of the Registered Respiratory Therapist include but are not limited to:
In Accordance with the physician's order, accepted practice, and the adopted procedures and policies of the department and of the medical center, the Registered Respiratory Therapist will perform respiratory therapist duties in all areas of the medical center, providing care to the adult male, female, and geriatric patient. While performing respiratory therapy, the therapist with supervise and observe the patient.
The therapist will administer titrate 02 by mask cannula, Vapotherm, or T-tube using cool or heated humidity, and according to the prescribed Fl02 or liter flow.
The therapist will administer aerosol therapy using small volume nebulizers, and ultrasonic nebulizers using the physician prescribed medications. Sputum specimens will be obtained by induction as ordered.
The therapist will be knowledgeable regarding the use of medications in respiratory therapy and will observe the patient for desired and adverse effects of those medications, as well as the effects of the type of therapy delivering the medications.
Postural drainage and/or manual or mechanical percussion will be done according to the physician's order.
Patients will be instructed and monitored in the use of incentive spirometry equipment, peak flow meters, NIF's, FVC, and flutter valves.
Accurate documentation of all treatments BiPaP, Vapotherm, and ventilators will be maintained in the patients medical record as well as the departmental records. This is to include the use of BCMA.
Changes in vital signs or other symptoms or complaints will be charted and reported to the physician and nurse as indicated.
Patients will be assessed by history, pulmonary physical assessment, and chart reviews before the start of therapy. Changes in these findings during therapy and results of therapy will be recorded.
Patient education will be done in all aspects of respiratory care pertaining to the individual patient and according to the patient's or his family's ability to assimilate the information.
The therapist will assemble, perform SST and maintain mechanical, including transport ventilators, and ensure they are ready for use. During use of the ventilator, patients and ventilator will be checked, and results recorded according to policy. The therapist will be closely involved in the care of the patient regarding his ventilator problem and follow the Weaning Parameter protocol.
Additional duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Varied Tours 8:00am-4:30pm, 6:00am-6:30pm, 6:00pm-6:30am, or other as needed. Subject to change based on agency needs.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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