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Respiratory Therapist (Cardiopulmonary Care Practitioner)
SUMMARY: The Cardiopulmonary Care Practitioner shall provide diagnostic and therapeutic cardiopulmonary services for inpatients and outpatients. The Cardiopulmonary Care Practitioner shall provide direct and indirect patient care in an age specific manner. The staff practitioner shall perform specific tests in cardiopulmonary therapy to assist in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. He/she shall be competent in the treating, management, control, diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system and provides the highest quality of medical care. He/she administers treatments within the order or prescription of a physician, keeps records and compiles reports concerning patient charges, patient care and administrative operations. The Cardiopulmonary Care Practitioner shall be knowledgeable and competent in all policies and procedures of the department including the Cardio-Pulmonary Lab. The Cardiopulmonary Care Practitioner shall perform these and other duties as assigned:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

SECTION I
Demonstrates competency in the following areas:

1. Provides quality cardiopulmonary therapy care to patients of all ages, from newborns to patients age 85 and over, under the direction of the Cardiopulmonary Services Director and orders of the attending physician.

2. Explains the purpose and procedure of treatments, tests, and equipment to the patient receiving treatment.

3. Conducts physician prescribed treatments of a routine nature operating Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing (IPPB) machines, hand held up-draft nebulizers, various oxygen delivery devices, and ultrasonic nebulizers in order to administer prescribed aerosolized medications and gases, humidity, and various oxygen concentrations to the cardiopulmonary system of the patient.

4. Performs chest physiotherapy treatments involving percussion, postural drainage, and suctioning in order to mobilize secretions and clear airways.

5. Reviews patient chart and notes any therapy changes, always documents treatments in a legible and thorough manner.

6. Performs arterial puncture and analysis, as well as routine quality control, trouble shooting, calibration, preventative maintenance, and takes corrective action when necessary. Documents all actions accordingly and notifies Supervisor/Director of such actions.

7. Sets up, operates, and monitors ventilators when patient's cardiopulmonary system is incapable of adequate spontaneous ventilation.

8. Performs pulse oximetry testing as ordered by the physician.

9. Records all pertinent information of treatments and a patient's response on patient chart. Keeps accurate departmental records such as Kardex, charges, etc.

10. Carefully observes patients during treatments and notifies appropriate personnel or physician of any adverse reactions. Reports treatments and conditions of patients to relief personnel.

11. Processes cardiopulmonary therapy equipment, including cleaning and proper packaging for sterilization as required.

12. Makes regular rounds to check patient equipment, filling of room humidifiers, providing full oxygen tanks for oxygen transports, as well as spot-checking other RT equipment on a timely basis.

13. Ensures adequate maintenance of ventilation during CPR.

14. Performs EKG, Holter and Event monitoring as ordered by a physician in a timely and professional manner.

SECTION II
Organizational Commitment:

1. Judgment/Decision Making – Employees with effective decision-making skills analyze situations and data, identify alternatives and apply their judgment in reaching decisions that are balanced, logical and effective.

2. Productivity/Efficiency – Demonstrates initiative by willingness to assume unassigned duties, assists other staff members, initiates ways to reduce redundancy and improve efficiency. Requires only minimal supervision, completes assignments and is both punctual and regular in their attendance.

3. Dependability – Employees who are dependable can be relied upon to do what is expected of them and to follow established policies and procedures, inclusive of dress code standards, non-disclosure of confidential information, and proper usage of name badge for both identification and time record purposes.

4. Time Management – Employees who are effective at time management are able to handle the demands of multiple assignments. They are good at determining priorities and organizing their work in such a way that results are achieved timely. They attend regularly scheduled department meetings and mandatory in-services, including Infection Control, Fire & Safety, and continuing education.

5. Cooperation/Flexibility – Employees who are cooperative work well with others, demonstrate positive attitudes, assist other as needed and willingly accept all assignments.

6. Initiative – Employees who exhibit initiative, approach work assignments assertively, look for opportunities for improving operations and take the lead in solving problems. They are self-motivated and exhibit a positive “can do” attitude.

7. Interpersonal/Communication Skills – Employees with effective communication skills are adept at oral and written communication. They can, as appropriate, be either tactful or persuasive with those they supervise, their peers, higher levels of management and people outside the company. They handle “people problems” skillfully.

8. Meeting SMMC and Departmental Goals – Strives to meet annual goals set forth by the Department, Administration and the Governing Board. Demonstrates daily commitment to fulfill the Mission of St. Mark’s Medical Center.

Qualification Requirements:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
Must have a High School Diploma or GED. Must hold a current license, issued by the Texas Department of Health, to practice Cardiopulmonary Care in the State of Texas. Certified by the National Board for Cardiopulmonary Care as a Certified Cardiopulmonary Therapist (CRT) or Registered Cardiopulmonary Therapist (RRT).

Language Skills:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Must maintain current CPR.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. All lifting and/or moving greater than 20 pounds must be made with assistance and/or the appropriate lifting or moving equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Additional Information
Position Type : Pool/PRN/Per Diem
Shift : Other

Contact Information
St. Mark's Medical Center
One St. Mark's Place
La Grange, TX 78945
Phone: 979-242-2200
Fax: 979-242-2223



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