The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) serves as the shift leader and clinical instructor on an "as needed" basis under general supervision of the Shift Supervisor of Respiratory Therapy. He or she also serves as a consultant to staff physician, residents, and interns. This position represents the full performance level for an RRT If you are a current, permanent Federal employee, please apply here: CBST-1112004-21-AMA As Registered Respiratory Therapist, the incumbent will perform the following duties: Provide respiratory care to critically ill and/or poor risk patients in MICU and Step Down units. Administer oxygen, aerosol, humidity, and positive pressure breathing therapy. Maintain and monitor ventilator patients as required and make adjustments based on blood gas analysis with the physician's approval. Perform arterial blood gas analysis from arterial puncture or arterial line. Perform pulmonary function tests including spirometry, lung volumes, and exercise testing. Document in the progress notes and other areas all pertinent information regarding patient response and tolerance to all forms of therapy and test procedures performed. Participate in research projects under the direction of the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy. Assume responsibility for all Respiratory Care procedures during their assigned shift, as requested by the Shift Supervisor. Provides classroom lectures and clinical instruction regarding respiratory care to respiratory therapy and medical students, resident and intern physicians, nurses, nursing students, and other allied health students. Communicate the philosophy, aims and policies of hospital administration to patients and their families, team members, and other hospital personnel. Maintain rapport with other departments to improve the quality of patient care. Provides emergent out of OR airway management and is trained and competent to perform airway management. Work overtime as required by the needs of the department. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday and every other weekend, 3:30pm - Midnight Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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