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Respiratory Therapist - RRT
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SSM Health | Oklahoma City, OK
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Job Description

Role Purpose:

Will administer prescribed respiratory therapeutic services across all SAH campuses to include specialized critical care areas.


* Demonstrate extensive knowledge of function and mastery level application of all medical equipment utilized. Assist in maintenance of medical equipment, and in the evaluation of new devices/techniques. Organize tasks to optimize achievement of all work assigned those less skilled. Observe, instruct, and complete objectives of students and/or new employees. On occasion, distribute workload and function as Charge Therapist.
* Perform at a mastery level regarding function, application, indication/contraindications for use, troubleshooting, maintaining and monitoring of all oxygen administration devices and patient requiring such. Advise Nursing/Medical staff as to techniques to improve oxygenation status of patient. Execution of rounds procedure to include titration protocols, all applicable documentation, equipment processing and troubleshooting.
* Ensure safety and security of medication administration through use of PYXIS and pharmacy oversight/review processes. Possess, demonstrate, and communicate extensive knowledge of aerosolized cardiopulmonary drugs and alternative medication delivery such as Metered Dose Inhalers (MDI) and Dry Powder Inhalers (DPI) as well as drugs infused to maintain hemodynamic stability of the critically ill. Familiar with invasive and noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring techniques and the body's response to therapy, medications, modality manipulation, etc. Identify and respond to adverse effects associated with therapy, medication administration, and/or patient status.
* Evaluate and assess patients receiving intermittent as well as continuous therapy. Recognize disease states/medical problems (carbon dioxide retention, pulmonary edema, pneumothorax, atelectasis, acidosis, etc.). Notify physician(s), recommend appropriate adjustments to prescribed regimens. Receive and document verbal orders from physicians related to respiratory therapy modalities. Participate in interdisciplinary care planning specific to respiratory related focuses and interventions. Function as an advanced practitioner in all aspects of Respiratory Care.
* Assess patient readiness to wean in accordance with department protocol and patient condition. "Wean" patient from mechanical ventilation and be able to accurately assess tolerance. Recommend enhancement techniques.
* Assess patient and family educational needs as well as barriers to learning ad ensure education is completed and documented in a thorough and accurate manner.
* Adeptly institute and maintain mechanical ventilation invasively for continuous use and monitor patients requiring such. Recommend/perform parameter adjustments to optimize ventilation/oxygenation. Possess full knowledge of and be able to converse intelligently with Nursing/Medical Staff regarding all currently used modalities of ventilation/oxygenation and assist in management of patient care individualized according to overall status. Performs detailed and accurate assessment of patient requiring mechanical ventilation and documents same each shift. Transport and support patients requiring mechanical ventilation to ancillary departments for special procedures.
* Perform other related duties as directed that correspond to the overall function of this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Provisional Respiratory Care Practitioner (PRCP) licensure or letter of acknowledgment of receipt of application for a license as a Provisional Respiratory Care Practitioner or Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) licensure by the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.
* Registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
* Current CPR (Healthcare Provider).

Preferred Qualifications:

* Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Employees in this position are, or can be, required to possess the following physical capabilities:

* Lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling up to 100 lbs.
* Stooping, kneeling and/or crouching daily
* Standing or walking more than 5 hours a day
* Running to respond to patient emergencies
* Reaching, grasping, fingering, and/or feeling more than 5 hours a day.
* Visual acuity in order to correctly distinguish skin tone variations, evidence of IV infiltration, infection; able to read telemetry, blood pressure gauges, etc.
* Audio acuity in order to correctly distinguish various body sounds (i.e., respirations, heart tones, bowel sounds).
* Audio acuity to discern sounds made by various types of machinery or equipment that would indicate dangerous or improper operation

About SSM St. Anthony's Hospital

St. Anthony Hospital is a 601-bed regional referral facility specializing in cardiology, its large rural affiliate network of hospitals. Four St. Anthony oncology, surgery and behavioral medicine. The hospital, established in 1898, is located in Midtown Oklahoma City and serves the needs of Central Oklahoma, as well as many counties throughout Oklahoma, through Healthplex campuses provide convenient emergency and outpatient service access to the outlying communities of the metropolitan area. St. Anthony added urgent care services in May 2015 at St. Anthony North. St. Anthony has received numerous awards including the Oklahoma Quality Award for Excellence, Certified Healthy Business, Premier QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare Citation of Merit, among others. Healthsights ranks St. Anthony at performance levels for quality and patient satisfaction higher than local competitors and many national health care organizations.

About SSM Health

Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and based in St. Louis, Mo., SSM Health Care (SSMHC) is one of the largest Catholic systems in the country. The system owns, manages and is affiliated with 20 acute care hospitals and three nursing homes in four states: Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Nearly 5,000 affiliated physicians and 23,500 employees work together to provide a wide range of services that are compassionate, holistic and of high quality. SSMHC health-related businesses include information systems, home care, hospice, and support services such as materiel management and clinical engineering. SSMHC also owns an interest in Premier Medical Insurance Group Inc., one of Wisconsin's largest health maintenance organizations.