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Respiratory Therapist, Intern I

Company: SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Location: Oklahoma City
Posted on: July 15, 2019

Job Description:

Role Purpose:
Will administer prescribed basic respiratory therapeutic services across all SAH campuses.--Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of function and application of all medical equipment utilized. Assist in maintenance of medical equipment, and in the evaluation and selection of new devices/techniques. Ensure legibility of all handwritten documentation. Maintain Departmental records, i.e., HBOC/Information System, shift reports, Patient Kardexs. Maintain accurate patient records for all therapies rendered. Input patient charges for applicable procedures.
  • Well-versed regarding function, application, indication/contraindications for use, troubleshooting, maintaining and monitoring of all oxygen administration devices and patient requiring such. Consult with Nursing/Medical staff as to techniques to improve oxygenation status of patient. Execution of rounds procedure to include titration protocols, all applicable documentation, equipment processing and troubleshooting.
  • Ensure safety and security of medication administration through use of PYXIS and pharmacy oversight/review processes. Manifest specific knowledge of all types of aerosolized cardiopulmonary drugs to include actions, receptor sites, dosage, indication/contraindications and associated hazards. Familiar with and able to educate patient in use of alternative medication delivery such as Metered Dose Inhalers (MDI) and Dry Powder Inhalers (DPI). Demonstrate familiarity with drugs infused to maintain hemodynamic stability to the critically ill. Readily identify and respond to adverse effects associated with therapy, medication administration, and/or patient status.
  • Evaluate and assess patients receiving intermittent as well as continuous therapy. Recognize disease states/medical problems (carbon dioxide retention, pulmonary edema, pneumothorax, atelectasis, acidosis, etc.). Notify physician(s), recommend appropriate adjustments to prescribed regimens. Receive and document verbal orders from physician related to respiratory therapy modalities. Participate in interdisciplinary care planning specific to respiratory related focuses and interventions.
  • Institute and maintain mechanical ventilation invasively for continuous use and monitor patients requiring such; correctly perform parameter adjustments; understand and apply all currently used modalities of ventilation and recommend to physician management options individualized to each patient. Performs detailed and accurate assessment of patient requiring mechanical ventilation and documents same each shift. Transport and support patients requiring mechanical ventilation to ancillary departments for special procedures.
  • Assess patient readiness to wean in accordance with department protocol and patient condition. "Wean" patient from mechanical ventilation and be able to accurately assess tolerance. Recommend enhancement techniques.
  • Perform other related duties as directed that correspond to the overall function of this position.Minimum Qualifications:
    • Provisional Respiratory Care Practitioner (PRCP) licensure or letter of acknowledgment of receipt of application for a license as a Provisional Respiratory Care Practitioner by the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.
    • Student in an accredited respiratory therapy program. Must provide letter from school with projected graduation date.
    • Current CPR (Healthcare Provider).Preferred Qualifications:
      • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) preferred.Physical Requirements:
        Employees in this position are, or can be, required to possess the following physical capabilities:
      • Lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling up to 100 lbs.
      • Stooping, kneeling and/or crouching daily
      • Standing or walking more than 5 hour a day
      • Running to respond to patient emergencies.
      • Reaching, grasping, fingering, and/or feeling more than 5 hours a day.
      • Visual acuity in order to correctly distinguish skin tone variations, evidence of IV infiltration, infection; able to read telemetry, blood pressure gauges, etc.
      • Audio acuity in order to correctly distinguish various body sounds (i.e., respirations, heart tones, bowel sounds).
      • Audio acuity to discern sounds made by various types of machinery or equipment that would indicate dangerous or improper operation.About SSM St. Anthony Hospital -----St. Anthony Hospital is a 601-bed regional referral facility specializing in cardiology, oncology, surgery and behavioral medicine. The hospital, established in 1898, is located in Midtown Oklahoma City and serves the needs of Central Oklahoma, as well as many counties throughout Oklahoma, through its large rural affiliate network of hospitals. Four St. Anthony Healthplex campuses provide convenient emergency and outpatient service access to the outlying communities of the metropolitan area. St. Anthony added urgent care services in May 2015 at St. Anthony North. St. Anthony has received numerous awards including the Oklahoma Quality Award for Excellence, Certified Healthy Business, Premier QUEST-- Award for High-value Healthcare Citation of Merit, among others. Healthsights ranks St. Anthony at performance levels for quality and patient satisfaction higher than local competitors and many national health care organizations.--

Keywords: SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City , Respiratory Therapist, Intern I, Healthcare , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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