Hennepin County Medical Center Respiratory Therapist Senior in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Respiratory Therapist Senior (170388) Current vacancy is part-time with benefits, 72 hours per pay period, night shift, every third weekend, 12 hour shifts. SUMMARY Under medical direction, assesses and administers respiratory care. Provides work direction and instruction to respiratory care practitioners. RESPONSIBILITIES Respond to cardiopulmonary emergencies and assists in establishing/maintaining a patent airway including care for the potential effects of an artificial airway Coordinate work assignments and serves as a resource to staff in the absence of the Supervisor Cover the specialized needs of the Pediatric and Newborn Intensive Care units Serve as a resource person for respiratory care practitioners, students and medical personnel regarding department procedures and policies Provides manual ventilation and airway management under the direction of a physician Provides mechanical ventilatory support and monitoring in the intensive care units and during patient transports Initiates, monitors and makes recommendations regarding respiratory care procedures Records actions and observations on patient care delivery in the EHR Operates and maintains all respiratory care equipment Performs diagnostic procedures such as apnea testing, spirometry, and sputum induction Assists with staff orientation and competency development Instructs, monitors, and provides feedback to students Incorporates safety, infection control and quality improvement guidelines into the environment of care Responsible for the safe and effective administration of medically prescribed medications, knowing their indications and contraindications Knows and follows the indications and contraindications for administering therapeutic modalities Monitors and troubleshoots oxygen administration as requested Assures the proper and safe use of medical gas cylinders (oxygen, heliox, nitric oxide) Performs bedside PFT testing. May perform testing in PFT lab following adequate training and/or orientation Performs arterial punctures using radial and brachial sites Be a member of the "code team" responding to arrest situations. As part of the team may be expected to perform CPR (compression) Must be certified in CPR procedures bi-annually Responds to Rapid Response Team calls Responsible for the set up, safety check, monitoring, adjustments to, and troubleshooting of mechanical ventilators Responsible for the set up and administration of CPAP and non-invasive ventilation Report patient progress, and anticipated changes in patient care to the next shift Proper documentation in department records. Participates in staff meetings, attends lectures, conferences and seminars Assists with bedside bronchoscopies in ventilated/non-ventilated patients Qualifications QUALIFICATIONS Minimum Qualifications: Completion of a two or four year Respiratory Care program approved by the Commission on the accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) -AND- Two years of experience as a respiratory care practitioner, at least one of which have been in NBICU or critical/intensive care units) Licensed with the State of Minnesota as a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner EEO/Disability/Veteran employer.