Job Description

Job Title: Sr Respiratory Therapist, RRT
Job ID: 773234
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Rotating shifts for 24/7 coverage
Shift: Rotating
Department: Respiratory Therapy
Location: 201 State St, Erie PA 16550



Under supervision of physician and by prescription, provides respiratory therapy services and life support at an advanced level as defined by the department to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. Performs all duties of a Respiratory Therapist, RRT. Defined responsibilities are performed in pediatric, adult and geriatric patient populations and in all patient service areas.

CRT and RRT will be considered as well as senior role.  The final title and pay will be determined be education, experience, and certification.


  • - Participation at Code NRP - Participation at Code O - In hospital transport of neonates - Out of hospital ground transport of neonates - Out of hospital air transport of neonates
  • - Performs bronchopulmonary drainage and assists patient in performing breathing exercises. - Performs pulmonary function tests to be used by physician in diagnosis of case. - Observes equipment function and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum results to therapy. - Consults with physician in event of adverse reactions. * - Maintains patient's chart that contains pertinent identification and therapy information. - Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently. - Orders repairs when needed. - Demonstrates respiratory care procedures to trainees and other health care personnel. - Supervises students during training. - Assists to transport mechanically ventilated patients. - Responds to all code situations.
  • Effectively administer all therapies such as Nitric Oxide (NO) administration and Tracheal Gas Insufflation (TGI).
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of medical orders.
  • Function as a Lead Respiratory Therapist (i.e., Charge Duty) in the absence of the Supervisor or Manager based on department need.
  • Function as a senior level resource to other staff to facilitate problem solving, provide training, and demonstrate techniques.
  • Interprets clinical data to optimize patient clinical objectives.
  • Manage high risk modalities such as High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV), High Frequency Jet Ventilation (HFJV), and Independent Lung Ventilation.
  • Must have attained a performance rating of Solid/Strong/Good or above on the last 2 consecutive annual performance reviews.
  • Must successfully complete 1 approved project from the department's Project List during each annual performance review period.
  • Perform advanced functions in non-traditional settings: OR, ED, Cath Lab, Lung Center, Recovery areas, Transport, etc.
  • Perform bronchoscopy, Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) lab troubleshooting, complete pulmonary function tests, breath alcohol testing, EEG, EKG, Stress Testing, and 24-hour holter monitoring hook-up and scanning as needed.
  • Perform the duties of a Respiratory Therapist, RRT: - Reads prescription, measures arterial blood gases, and reviews patient information to assess patient condition and determine requirements for treatment, such as type and duration of therapy, and medication dosages. - Determines most suitable method of administering inhalants, precautions to be observed, and modifications which may be needed that will be compatible with physician's orders. - Sets up and operates devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators. - Operates equipment to ensure specified parameters of treatment, such as volume, gas concentration, humidity, and temperature, and to administer medicinal gases and aerosol drugs to patients. - Monitors patient's physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes.



  • Graduate of a Co ARC (Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care) approved Respiratory program required. 
  • Associates degree is required; Bachelors degree is preferred. 
  • Two (2) years of total respiratory care experience with a minimum of one (1) year in critical care is required. Must successfully complete one (1) approved project from the departments project list during each annual performance review period. Project approved within 3 months of hire.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania required. Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) required. Respiratory Therapists who receive their RRT credential from the NBRC after July 1, 2002 are required to maintain certification under the NBRC requirements.

    NRP Certification - Neonatal Resuscitation Provider

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Osteopathic Respiratory Care
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


Salary Range: $20.76 to $32.52 / hour

Union Position: No

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