Respiratory Therapy Job Description

Respiratory Therapy Job Description

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Respiratory therapy provides prescribed respiratory therapy including: airway maintenance, emergency care, pulmonary function testing, cardio-respiratory rehabilitation and cardio-respiratory drug administration.

Respiratory Therapy Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective respiratory therapy job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included respiratory therapy job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Participates in development and evaluation of professional practice by participating on unit and/or hospital committees, special projects and attendance at staff meetings
Responsible for the initiation and maintenance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-support procedures
Maintain a high level of competency and the credentials required to provide the highest level of care possible
Exceed the expectations of everyone I encounter
Be flexible in regard to the challenges and changes that we face in healthcare every day
Creates a team environment to achieve each areas or the departments goals through communication and example
Presents ideas for and participates in strategies for volume growth
Assures new employees have adequate orientation
Assures all staff maintain mandatory education requirements and competencies
Assures regulatory standards are met (MQSA, JCAHO, AHCA)

Respiratory Therapy Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Respiratory Therapy

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: ACLS, BLS, NRP, PALS, AHA, BCLS, NPS, NBRC, CPR, HCP

Education for Respiratory Therapy

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the respiratory therapy job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Associate and Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Therapy, Respiratory Care, Education, Associates, Science, Medical, Management, Supervision, Graduate, Patient Care

Skills for Respiratory Therapy

Desired skills for respiratory therapy include:

Technical and emergency procedures related to Respiratory Care
Department procedure manuals
Respiratory therapy and cardiology studies and treat patient appropriately based on professional standards
Facets of critical care respiratory therapy and American Association for
Theory and techniques with scope of practice
Anatomy
Physiology
JCAHO and CAP/CLIA standards
Advanced respiratory care
Blood gas chemistry

Desired experience for respiratory therapy includes:

Demonstrated experience in leadership capacities or supervisory activities that include strategic thinking, communication of ideas and principles, and implementation of action plans
May require sitting, standing and walking for extensive periods of time
CRTT or RRT
Current Florida Respiratory Therapy license
Experience or certification in specialty areas in Respiratory Therapy (e.g., critical care, neonatal care, pulmonary function testing)
Assures the environment meets safety standards for patients and employees

Respiratory Therapy Examples

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Respiratory Therapy Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a respiratory therapy. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for respiratory therapy
  • Demonstrates sound knowledge and proficiency in the treatment of respiratory disorders for inpatients and outpatients with various types of media (i.e., oxygen and other therapeutic gases, mist inhalation equipment and ventilators) and delivers care in a safe, effective and appropriate care in a timely and accurate manner
  • Assists with airway management, resuscitation, and patient transport
  • Provide general respiratory therapeutic services including oxygen therapy, medical gas therapy, bronchodilator therapy and airway maintenance therapy
  • Provide uncomplicated respiratory services and non-invasive monitoring
  • Education of patients/families with regard to disease process and treatment plan
  • Assist with general department functions
  • Coordinate the evaluation of products and equipment
  • Perform all duties and responsibilities required of a Sr Respiratory Therapist, RRT
  • Coordinates and directs internal/external audits
  • Overseeing the daily operations of the Respiratory Therapy Department to include staff interviews, employment decision, orientation, performance evaluations, employee training and development, inventory, equipment, and instrument issues
Qualifications for respiratory therapy
  • Completion of an accredited respiratory care program, Associate Degree is preferred
  • Licensed by the National Board of Respiratory Care as a Certified Respiratory Therapist
  • Completion of an AMA Respiratory Therapy Program
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken form with patients, families, and physicians
  • Knowledge of basic software programming
  • Prefer NICU experience
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Respiratory Therapy Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of respiratory therapy. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for respiratory therapy
  • Neonatal emergency intubation will be required within 90 days
  • ACCS and/or NPS credential preferred
  • Must be expert in adult ventilator management
  • The Respiratory Care Services Manager is accountable and responsible for the quality of services and care rendered by the Respiratory Care Staff
  • Effectiveness and efficiency in performing supervisory duties are essential to maintaining this position
  • The Manager directly oversees the operation of the department including all respiratory care clinical functions (diagnostic and therapeutic), assigned financial and benchmarking data, quality improvement processes
  • Creates, updates, maintains, instructs and coaches staff in the daily clinical service procedures provided by the department
  • Responsible for assuring correct, appropriate, safe and timely RT care is provided by employees
  • Looks for creative methods to resolve problems and/or avoid issues
  • Takes responsibility and proactively makes decisions in the best interest of the patient
Qualifications for respiratory therapy
  • Minimum of CRT with registry eligible
  • Master's degree and graduate of an accredited Respiratory Therapy program
  • 5 years respiratory therapy experience, and 3 years in supervisory role
  • Registered as a Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
  • High school diploma or the equivalent and graduation from an AMA approved respiratory therapy program required
  • Must be registered with the National Board for Respiratory Care
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Respiratory Therapy Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of respiratory therapy. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for respiratory therapy
  • Collaborates with any/all disciplines necessary to improve a process or care
  • Implements an ongoing process to measure, assess and improve business and service outcomes based on standards of care, patient safety concepts, industry research findings and applicable benchmarks
  • Responsible for the monitoring, measurement of and analysis of indicator and/or results
  • Incorporate benchmark guideposts for continual evaluation of alternative methods of conducting business operations and/or care delivery
  • Develop and monitor and evaluate department Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) reflecting the relationship with System/Hospital KPI's
  • Include department staff in shared KPI goal setting, strategy development and outcome analysis
  • Assign responsibility as indicated for corrective action in order to implement measures to improve operations and outcomes
  • Initiates required actions to improve results with immediate attention as deemed appropriate and urgent for patient, department and hospital needs
  • Actively identifies problem performance areas to affect individual employee change through coaching, corrective actions or discipline or uses C.I
  • Effectively deals with employees not meeting department minimal standards of care
Qualifications for respiratory therapy
  • Must be licensed by the State of Missouri as a respiratory care practitioner
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds unaided
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time and walk great distances during work shift
  • Graduate of AMA approved Respiratory Therapy training program
  • Registered (RRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care
  • 2 years of experience in professional or technical role/function
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Respiratory Therapy Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of respiratory therapy. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for respiratory therapy
  • Exhibits excellence in clinical patient care, customer service, critical thinking, schedule management, relationship competencies, organizational skills and acts as a role model
  • Demonstrates performance consistent with all professional standards of practice and care
  • The Director/ manager have empowered this role with the authority and autonomy necessary to ensure the appropriate clinical and customer satisfaction outcomes efficient and effective team processes
  • Staffing.Maintains accountability for scheduling and staffing through the assistance of the Supervisor and others delegated with schedule development and payroll
  • Education & Mentoring
  • Oversees daily respiratory care functions necessary for comprehensive and high quality care
  • Ensures respiratory therapy services are provided to patients in a professional and appropriate manner
  • Ensures all respiratory therapy personnel are competent on the uses and instruction of all equipment
  • Ensures respiratory therapy services are provided to patients in compliance with company policies and procedures, Joint Commission standards, and federal and state regulations
  • Manages/monitors corporate respiratory therapy programs
Qualifications for respiratory therapy
  • Licensed as Respiratory Care Practitioner with the State of Washington
  • Previous experience and demonstrated skills in a leadership or a supervisory role
  • Current CPR certification required and advanced life support credential required within 90 - 365 days of hire depending on specific position and course availability (NRP, PALS or ACLS)
  • Graduate of a certified school in Respiratory Care
  • Current BLS Certification, ACLS Certification
  • Must have 5 years of Respiratory Therapy experience, PICU, Manager or Lead experience is preferred with clinical experience in Critical Care, OB, Pediatric, Geriatric, and Neonatal patient populations
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Respiratory Therapy Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a respiratory therapy. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for respiratory therapy
  • Performs or makes recommendations relative to hiring, evaluation, coaching, promoting, disciplining and discharging employees by following established HR policies, scheduling
  • Prepare, review and revise department standards of operation and care per regulatory requirements
  • Ensures compliance with and prepares the department for regulatory agencies
  • Completes employee performance development according to PRMCE policy
  • Consistently manages and documents employee performance issues
  • Conducts or oversees the hiring and orientation of employees utilizing approved interview processes
  • Participates in collecting information and in development of budgets
  • Assesses department’s patient experience scores
  • Collaborates with staff to develop patient experience improvement plans based on patient and family centered care
  • Oversees implementation of plan
Qualifications for respiratory therapy
  • Must have a working knowledge of Joint Commission Accreditation of Health Organization regulations, Indiana State Board of Health regulations, College of American Pathologist regulations, and quality improvement processes
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply process improvement philosophy, principles, and technology
  • Knowledge of and ability to plan for and manage financial resources key drivers of departmental budgets
  • Ability to operationalize goals, objectives and imperatives into respiratory care and patient care processes, programs and clinical practice guidelines
  • Demonstrated leadership [competencies to include examples of ability to motivate and develop staff by serving as a coach/role model
  • Knowledge of the operating principles, major issues, governmental regulations, and code of ethics for the healthcare industry

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