Assesses patients' respiratory care needs based on a variety of data. Plans, organizes, performs, and evaluates treatment modalities to meet those needs.
Performs all duties to the highest level of patient care and maximum patient satisfaction, in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Geisinger Health System.
Responsible for ensuring the very best patient/family experience by optimizing all customer interaction. Foster a positive work environment through mutual support and cooperation and adheres to GHS and unit specific Service Standards.
Works under the general direction of the RCS Leadership Team.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
*1. Consistently performs and documents thorough patient assessments. Establishes appropriate care plans. Communicates with other members of the patient care team.
*2. Correctly performs and documents routine therapeutic modalities including aerosolized medications, secretion management techniques, pulmonary volume expansion, oxygen therapy, and assists with routine care and maintenance of artificial airways.
*3. Initiates and manages conventional and high frequency mechanical ventilators according to established protocol.
*4. Provides appropriate, age-specific, patient and family education as it relates to disease management.
*5. Assists in intra-hospital transport of mechanically ventilated patients.
*6. Responsible for acute airway management in emergent situations.
*7. Sets up and manages non-invasive monitoring (i.e. ETCO2 monitors, pulse oximeters).
*8. When care management not available, assists with discharge planning for patients needing respiratory related DME supplies, follows appropriate insurance guidelines.
*9. Adheres to regulatory requirements and safety standards. Adheres to institutional and nationally established standards of care.
*10. Collects arterial blood gas samples and processes through point of care blood analyzers.
*11. Maintains the confidentially of patient information according to established internal and external specifications and regulations including release of information and HIPAA.
*12. Demonstrates respect and courtesy for all persons with whom he/she is associated (i.e. patients, co-workers, visitors, physicians, volunteers and staff) in accordance with the Service Standards of the Geisinger Health System.
*13. Functions as the Shift Coordinator (charge person) when designated as such after one year of employment.
*14. Assists the medical team in the performance of fiberoptic bronchoscopy procedures.
*15. Assists the medical team with the placement invasive monitoring lines and obtains hemodynamic measurements/calculations.
*16. Assists in the intra-hospital transport of age specific patient groups.
*17. Functions as a preceptor for orientees and students in their clinical rotation.
*18. Performs other duties as required or assigned by emergency or other operational reasons for which the employee is qualified to perform.
*Denotes essential job functions
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
Demonstrates ability to interact professionally on all levels, within and outside of the organization.
Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrates good organizational skills.
Demonstrates a cooperative attitude and be able to work in a team environment.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Requires RRT graduate of a COARC accredited program in respiratory therapy with registry eligibility upon graduation. To be eligible for employment, individual must have successfully completed the RRT exam and possess or have verification of temporary permit or permanent license.
Must maintain AHA BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, and participate in departmental inservice programs.
Must maintain current PA State license and NBRC credential.
Must satisfy department orientation standards.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Heavy lifting and transporting of patients and equipment is sometimes required.
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.
GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER: (GMC), located Danville, Pa., the largest tertiary/quaternary care teaching hospital in the region, is licensed for 475 beds, including 89 pediatric beds in the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. GMC, a Magnet Hospital, maintains the region’s only Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center with additional qualifications in pediatrics. GMC offers an array of highly specialized medical and surgical services, including neurosciences, cardiovascular services, transplantation, women’s health (in the Women’s Pavilion), oncology and orthopaedics. The Hospital for Advanced Medicine serves as an integrated center for the most critical patients. Outpatient services are available on and off campus.
ABOUT GEISINGER: Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family.
We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.
*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.
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Founded more than 100 years ago, Geisinger serves more than three million residents throughout central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Our physician-led system is comprised of 30,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, and consists of 13 hospital campuses, the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and two research centers.
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