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Respiratory Therapist


  • Allina Health
  • 01/04/22
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • 55416
  • Full-Time
Job Summary:

Assesses, diagnoses and treats patients suffering from cardiopulmonary respiratory disorders. Under the direction of a physician, educates patients and staff regarding chronic and acute pulmonary disorders, provides consultative services to area hospitals/agencies, and provides technical and educational support to nurses regarding respiratory procedures.

Principle Responsibilities:

Provides respiratory assessment and therapeutic intervention.
Identifies opportunities to improve outcomes by utilization/recommendation of appropriate therapies or interventions.
Applies knowledge of approved protocols and clinical indications for interventions and routinely applies protocols to progress patients appropriately.
Communicates with the care team to ensure exchange of essential information.
Demonstrates competency with operation and troubleshooting of equipment used for therapy.
Provides for safe/effective management and monitoring of all forms of mechanical ventilation.
Provides mechanical ventilator support safely and effectively to meet objectives identified by the provider and/or protocols.
Demonstrates competency in operation and troubleshooting of ventilators.
Identifies best mode of ventilation and opportunities to optimize patient-ventilator interface, makes recommendations to provider as appropriate.
Assess readiness to wean, recognizes failure to wean and documents findings.
Provides invasive and non-invasive ventilation, ventilation during transport, manual resuscitation by bag/valve device, weaning assessment, respiratory mechanics and waveform analysis, non-traditional modes and techniques.
Manages airway appropriately to include positioning, securing, humidification selection and suctioning.
Negotiates decisions within own scope of practice and in the best interest of the patient.
Collaborates with nurses and providers to assure respiratory goals are not in conflict with other aspects of patient care.
Provides disease management education to patients and families.
Recognizes opportunity to increase patient knowledge of disease management and/or coping skills.
Reinforces positive patient behaviors and skills during treatment interactions.
Possesses and shares knowledge of asthma self-management and COPD education.

Basic Job Requirements:

Associate's or Vocational degree from a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredited Respiratory Care Program
Licensed Respiratory Therapist - MN Board of Medical Practice as required by location of employment or Licensed Respiratory Therapist - WI Dept of Safety & Professional Services as required by location of employment
BLS Tier 1 - Basic Life Support - Multisource
PEARS - Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition & Stabilization - Multisource required at sites providing pediatric care within 180 Days
PALS - Pediatric Advance Life Support - Multisource required at sites providing pediatric care within 180 Days
NRP - Neonatal Resuscitation - Multisource required at sites providing neonatal care within 180 Days

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree from a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care Program or other health science related program
Two or more years in a critical care setting
Two or more years as a Respiratory Therapist
ACLS/BLS Tier 2-Advanced Cardiac Life Support - Multisource preferred within 180 Days
Credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care

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