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Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner

  • Job ID: 407233774
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Respiratory Care Service
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: Yes
  • Salary Range: $0 / hour

Description

Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner
Fulltime - Daylight with rotation every other weekend
AFSCME
Posted: Nov 25, 2020



Purpose:

Administers Respiratory Care Services to patients via Medical Staff approved techniques and procedures and with the rules of Respiratory Care services. Cleans, repairs, and services Respiratory Care equipment and performs other related work.

Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for operating, maintenance, calibration, and performance of blood gas analyzers.
  • Does work rotating shifts as need arises. Available for staffing adjustments to help ensure sufficient number of qualified staff are available to meet patient needs and respond to unusual occurrences and/or increased patient acuity.
  • Employee complies with established occupational exposure policies. Participates in inservice training programs to improve respiratory practice.
  • Initiates and maintains mechanical pulmonary ventilation equipment in the ED, Nursery and in the ICU settings under the direct supervision of the RRT or CRT.
  • Keeps up to date with current trends and developments. Maintains working knowledge of Department procedure manuals.
  • Effectively responds in emergency situations
  • Performs blood gas analysis. Performs postural drainage and chest physiotherapy to improve pulmonary toiletry and mobilize secretions.
  • Administers medical gases utilizing the following equipment: cannula, tent, croupette, mask, aerosol mask, HFNC and trach collar. Administers IPPV, IPPB, aerosol, nebulizer, and incentive spirometry treatments. (All of the above contain drugs except incentive spirometry.) Administers aerosols for the purpose of sputum induction. Administers bedside pulmonary function tests.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and ability to adapt to clinical treatment and instructional aspect of care to all stages of the life cycle and to various states of health and disease.
  • Maintains an adequate level of laboratory supplies in the Blood Gas Laboratory.
  • Responsible for completing all competency testing within 45 days following the annual publishing date of the criteria. The CRT is responsible to schedule with the RRT the date(s) to complete the competency review and testing.
  • Performs arterial puncture using both the radial and brachial arteries (may use femoral artery with a doctor's order).
  • Efficiently employs available equipment and supplies giving due care to their use and maintenance.
  • Performs capillary punctures on newborn infants and small children using either heel or finger sticks.
  • Prepares and maintains required reports and patient records.

Qualifications

Education and Formal Training Required: 
  • In accordance with Act 60, State Board of Medicine, and State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, must provide the Hospital with a copy of his/her current temporary practice permit or current certificate to practice in the Commonwealth as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Experience Required: 
  • None

Specific Abilities: 1.Works under the general supervision of the Advanced Respiratory Therapist, Clinical Coordinator and Administrative Director of Respiratory Care. 2.Performs regular functions without direct supervision.3.Consults the Advanced Respiratory Therapist and Administrative Director
 as required.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire. Must complete Neonatal Resuscitation Program within one year of Hire Date

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP)
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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