An RCP III is an advanced therapist who actively role models the behaviors associated with the art and science of Respiratory Care. An RCP III mentors others and creates an environment for the delivery of safe patient care by being recognized as an expert in various modalities of Respiratory Care. They assist others in developing their skills and knowledge regarding various respiratory modalities.
All regular full-time Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) with minimum three (3) years experience and whose primary role is to provide direct patient care are eligible to apply for the RCP III program. Applicants must have at least one (1) year of service within the Harris Health System Respiratory Care departments and complete the application packet for RCP III. Once application packet has been submitted, applicant must be approved by the RCP III Panel according to the guidelines of the application packet. Additionally, an RCP II who is promoted to an RCP III must maintain their position according to the guidelines of the program each 12 month period.
1. Educational Requirements: Graduate of an AMA approved Respiratory Care program or its equivalent
2. Experience Requirements: Minimum of three years clinical Respiratory experience, of which two years should be in the critical care setting. One year of experience as a Respiratory Therapist with the Harris Health Respiratory departments. A new hire from a nationally, recognized institution may be considered for direct admission to the accelerated path for the program without the one year requirement for being in the Harris Health System.
3. Certificates, Licenses and Registrations Required
Current licensure from Texas Medical Board to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care as a Registered Respiratory Therapist is required. Must maintain BLS, ACLS and NRP certifications.
4. Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Must demonstrate interpersonal skills with all levels of healthcare team. Must have demonstrated skills in developing the functional skills of others in addition to the ability to analyze and solve problems.
5. Working Environment
Patient care units including critical care and ER. Exposure to blood and body fluids. Universal precautions required. Extended periods of walking and standing required. Minimal lifting, pushing and pulling required. Normal shift work of 12 hours.
Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact), Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking), Writing /Composing (Reports)
The Harris Health System is a fully integrated healthcare system that cares for all residents of Harris County, Texas. We are the first accredited healthcare institution in Harris County to be designated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, and are one of the largest systems in the country to achieve the quality standard. Our system includes 23 community health centers, five school-based clinics, a dental center and dialysis center, mobile health units, a rehabilitation and specialty hospital and two full-service hospitals.Ben Taub Hospital is a world renowned Level I Trauma Center with 586 licensed acute-care beds and provides a wide range of specialty care outpatient services. Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital is a 328 licensed bed acute-care hospital with a newly expanded Level III trauma center and a distinguished regional center for neonatal intensive care for high-risk deliveries.Harris Health is a teaching system for Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). We train the next generation of healthcare providers on the latest medical procedures and technological breakthroughs.With... our fully integrated electronic medical records system, we offer patients the convenience and assurance that their medical history is accurate, safe and available when and where it is needed. Our Medical Home designation ensures that we offer a full range of preventive, specialty and acute care services for the entire family.