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Flagler Hospital

Respiratory Therapist level II, FT nights
Job#: 200959
Positions: 1
Posted: 07/30/2013
Job Type: Full Time
Location: St. Augustine, FL
Department: CardioPulmonary
Category: Clinical
Salary: Hourly
Benefits: Full Benefits
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Job Description

Job Description:                                  RESPIRATORY THERAPIST - LEVEL II

Work assigned will be primarily in the intensive care areas (MICU, SICU, NICU, ECC, OHR) meaning greater than 80% of work time.


Department:                                          Cardiopulmonary Services


Responsible To:                                   Director of Cardiopulmonary, Manager of Respiratory


Education:                                             Licensed as a Certified or Registered Respiratory Therapist by the State of Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance.   Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support required.  If NICU trained, Neonatal Resuscitation Program required.  Is qualified to work in all Adult Critical Care areas and is regularly scheduled there.


Experience:                                            Minimum of 1-2 years Critical Care experience.  NICU experience pref.


Physical requirements:                        Good physical condition to sit, frequently stand, walk bend/stoop, and squat; occasionally kneel, reach above shoulder level, and balance; must have ability to occasionally lift, carry, push, or pull at least 50lbs. without assistance, and more than 50 lbs. with assistance; must continually be able to see, hear, speak, and use both hands to easily communicate; Exceptional level of energy and vitality.


Environmental conditions:                  Primarily works inside and may experience the following hazards: biological, needles and sharps, radiation, stress, noise, vibration, dust, fumes, and occasional temperature extremes. Job involves tasks or procedures that have exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials during the performance of duties.


Occupational exposure:                      Category I = Job involves tasks or procedures that have exposure to blood and potentially infectious materials during the performance of duties.





  1. Perform only upon the order of a physician/physician extender and in accordance with the protocols established by the hospital the following: (1) therapeutic and diagnostic use of medical gases and administration apparatus. (2) Administration of medications to the cardiopulmonary system, (3) ventilator support, including the maintenance and management of life support system, (bronchopulmonary drainage and breathing exercises (5) respiratory rehabilitation, (6) assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and (7) maintenance of natural airways.  Based on patient assessment, notifies appropriate Medical Staff of any problems/concerns.
  2. Perform specific testing techniques to include: measurement of ventilator volumes, pressures and flows; specimen collection and analysis of blood for gas transportation and acid/base determination’ physiologic monitoring of cardiopulmonary system (ECG)
  3. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of all equipment/functions, maintenance, precautions and hazards of all equipment used, providing necessary support to maintain equipment inventory.
  4. Records necessary information on all patient documents accurately with special attention to accuracy and legibility. 
  5. Performs electronic patient documentation and BMV (bedside medication verification) using WOW’s (wireless on wheels) and desktop computers.
  6. Assist physician as necessary to provide support during invasive as well as noninvasive procedures.
  7. Orientate new employees to the department, and assist with student education.
  8. Perform and be competent in at least two of the following areas: Intubation, A-Line Insertion, QSN Facilitator, Quality Assurance activities, (POC, chart audits, resuscitation reviews, etc.) Represents the department on a hospital committee, and/or provide CEU presentations and/or active in the FSRC or AARC.
  9. Function as RT Charge: Assist staff to prioritize patient care during extreme workloads. Act as liaison between staff and Manager/Director/physicians.  Lead and coordinate team to ensure tasks are completed fairly and responsibilities are shared.  Perform shift count and make assignments, adjusting staff as necessary.  Provide guidance, resources, and encouragement to support employees in achieving patient centered care.
  10. Perform other job related duties as assigned by Director or Manager.


The above statements reflect the responsibilities considered essential to the job as identified and shall not be considered a detailed description of all the work requirements inherent in the job.


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