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    The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) serves in the Respiratory Therapy Section at the Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo, NY. The RRT is a respiratory care practitioner who has passed the registry exam administered by the NATIONAL BOARD FOR RESPIRATORY CARE (NBRC) and who is employed under medical direction in the treatment, management, control, diagnostic evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities, of the cardio/pulmonary system.

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    Responsibilities

    Respiratory Therapists function as members of the critical care team in treating and assessing the needs of individuals who may be seriously ill and provide around the clock care to individuals who otherwise would not be able to survive life-threatening conditions. The Registered Respiratory Therapist must be well versed in all aspects of general respiratory care as well as other functions including but not limited to the following:

    • Follows established policies and procedures when performing standard, nonstandard, and specialized treatments to patients
    • Maintains NBRC Credentials and completes continuing education routinely Routinely administers prescribed treatments and therapy
    • Fully demonstrates competencies in initiating, monitoring, and documenting all modes of mechanical ventilation including NIPPV
    • Consistently provides airway care for all patients throughout the medical center including emergency intubation, nasal and ET tube suctioning, and securing ET tubes.
    • Maintains competencies in out of operating room airway management.
    • Immediately responds to meet the need of patients requiring cardiopulmonary resucitation
    • Maintains basic life support credentials
    • Completes barcode medication adminstration in accordance with department policies and procedures
    • Routinely measures plateau pressure, cuff pressures, response to therapies, pulmonary mechanics, auto-PEEP, weaning parameters, RSBI, peak expiratory flow rate, and pulse oximetry, on mechanically ventilated patients
    • Demonstrates knowledge and ability needed to independently perform complex respiratory procedures
    • Following established policies and procedures when assembling, identifying, calibrating and trouble-shooting equipment.
    • Instructs patient pre-procedure to assure confidence and cooperation of patient during procedures. Answers question by patient and or family members.
    • Evaluates the validity of tests performed and reports/verifies results verbally, or in writing as per policies. This includes detecting and repeating questionable values and following up on unusual or discrepant results prior to reporting of test results.
    Work Schedule: Varied Tours 1:30PM - 12:00AM & 10:00PM - 8:30AM - Compressed / Alternative Tour available
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    8

  • Job family (Series)

    0601 General Health Science

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/576812300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.