Hennepin County Medical Center Respiratory Therapist in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Respiratory Therapist (201084) We currently have 4 Respiratory Therapist vacancies, part time with benefits, 48 hours per pay period, day/night rotating shifts and every third weekend, these are 12 hour shifts. SUMMARY Under medical direction, assesses and administers respiratory care as assigned and supervised by a Senior Respiratory Care Practitioner. RESPONSIBILITIES Responds to cardiopulmonary emergencies and assists in establishing/maintaining a patent airway including care for the potential effects of an artificial airway Provides manual ventilation and airway management during transports under the direction of a physician Provides mechanical ventilatory support and monitoring in the intensive care units Initiates, monitors and makes recommendations regarding respiratory care procedures Records actions and observations on patient care delivery in the EHR Operates and maintains all respiratory care equipment Performs diagnostic procedures such as apnea testing, spirometry, and sputum induction Monitor and document staff performance Assists with staff orientation and competency development Instructs, monitors, and provides feedback to students Incorporates safety, infection control and quality improvement guidelines into the environment of care Responsible for the safe and effective administration of medically prescribed medications, knowing their indications and contraindications Knows and follows the indications and contraindications for administering therapeutic modalities Monitors and troubleshoots oxygen administration as requested Assures the proper and safe use of medical gas cylinders (oxygen, heliox, nitric oxide) Performs bedside PFT testing. May perform testing in PFT lab following adequate training and/or orientation Performs arterial punctures using radial and brachial sites Be a member of the "code team" responding to arrest situations As part of the team may be expected to perform CPR (compression) Must be certified in CPR procedures bi-annually Responds to Rapid Response Team calls Responsible for the set up, safety check, monitoring, adjustments to, and troubleshooting of mechanical ventilators Responsible for the set up and administration of CPAP and non-invasive ventilation Report patient progress, and anticipated changes in patient care to the next shift Proper documentation in department records Participates in staff meetings, attends lectures, conferences and seminars Assists with bedside bronchoscopies in ventilated/non-ventilated patients Qualifications QUALIFICATIONS Minimum Qualifications: Completion of a two or four year Respiratory Care program approved by the Commission on the accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) Registered with the State of Minnesota as a Respiratory Care Practitioner EEO/Disability/Veteran employer.