High school or GED
American Heart Association CPR
The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is an advanced level respiratory care practitioner with assessment and therapeutic skills who can provide care to multiple patient populations. The RRT will provide quality care, develop and ensure patient plan of care collaboration with the multidisciplinary team including; physicians, registered nurses, and speech, occupational, and physical therapists. The RRT is a professional member of the team and who can implement respiratory therapy independently.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
Provides competent and compassionate patient and family centered care based on respiratory processes and interdisciplinary teamwork. Administers and assess responses to respiratory therapeutic interventions with high proficiency and minimal to no supervision. (e.g. aerosol therapy, oxygen therapy, bronchodilator therapy, bronchopulmonary hygiene). Evaluates effects of respiratory therapy treatment plan by observing, noting, and evaluating patient's progress; recommends adjustments and modifications. Establishes and manages mechanical ventilation. Measures ventilator volumes, pressures and blood gas analysis. Routinely develops or refines the ventilator care plan and communicates with the patient care team based on evidence and best practice.
Communicates and coordinates the plan of care and other pertinent information to/from healthcare team members consistent with MWHC standards.
Performs timely and accurate documentation. Promotes continuous quality improvement. Maintains and ensures operation of equipment by setting up, cleaning, sterilizing, completing preventive maintenance requirements, troubleshooting malfunctions, and calling for repairs. Provides education and training to patients and family members. Provides age and culturally appropriate care to patients. Ensures the safety of patients and employees by adhering to hospital and departmental policies and protocols. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; and participating in professional societies. Annually completes at least 12 Continuing Education Credits. May participate in CARE Clinical Ladder for advanced level proficiency. Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner in good standing within the Commonwealth of Virginia required.
Registered Respiratory Therapist certification required within six months of hire. Graduate of Respiratory Care program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care preferred. Minimum of 1 year of experience in respiratory therapy preferred. NICU experience preferred.
Addendum: Additional qualification(s) for Mary Washington Hospital Respiratory Therapy (revised June 2016, April 2016, added November 2015):
Certification requirement: ACLS, NRP healthcare provider for NICU team, STABLE for NICU Transport, required within 90 days of hire date. Basic and advanced life support certification as appropriate for core group work area is required.