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REG RESPIRATORY THERAPIST - St. Joe's Med Center, Joliet

Date: Jan 16, 2019

Location: Joliet, IL, US, 60435-8200

Company: Presence Health

Requisition ID: 55308

Location: Presence St Joseph Med Joliet

Location Address:
333 Madison Street, Joliet, IL  60435-8200 United States (US)


Daily Hours: 12
Standard Hours: 36
Employment Status: Full-time 
Employment Type: Regular 
Shift: Night



The Respiratory Care Practitioner provides Respiratory Care modalities to patients as ordered by physicians, including but not limited to the administration of respiratory related medications, oxygen and humidity therapies, airway clearance therapy, invasive and non-invasive ventilation, etc., in accordance to established policy and procedure and based on accepted national standards, practices and regulatory requirements.



  1. Administers various respiratory care modalities as ordered by physicians. Conducts pre and post modality assessment through direct contact and chart review. Performs appropriate respiratory assessment; interpretes clinical data; evaluates patient breathing effort, ventilatory pattern, and use of accessory muscles to develop plan of care based on this assessment.


  2. Develops, administers, evaluates, and modifies plan of care using evidence-based medicine, protocols, clinical practice guidelines and data. Performs and interpretes blood gases, analyzing invasive and non-invasive ventilation and clinical data. Assists in bedside procedures such as broncoscopy, intubation, tracheostomy, and thoracic procedures.  May perform trach changes, arterial line insertions, and intubation under the order of a physician.


  3. Ensures proper selection, assembly, use, and cleaning or disposal of equipment and/or supplies used in the delivery of respiratory services in accordance with infection control practices and based on department policy. Recognizes and rectifies equipment malfunction.


  4. Communicates effectively with physicians and other providers regarding evaluation of need for therapy and therapeutic outcomes, including recommending alternatives to prescribed therapeutic modalities. Recognizes and responds to modality-related complications and communicates as such with team members.


  5. Assists with care, sterilization, and maintenance of department equipment and supplies. Maintains appropriate stock levels of supplies or communicates with appropirate personnel. Orders medication as directed.  Communicates with the Supervisor/Charge RT and biomedical engineering department of malfuncting equipment. Acts as steward of resources.


  6. Responds timely and appropriately in emergency procedures such as airway management, resuscitation, intubation, and rapid response.


  7. Uses appropriate documents to describe patient care accurately and timely, and mantains departmental records such as patient cardex, productivity, and charges. Participates in shift report to effectively communicate all relevant information to upcoming shift. 


  8. Assists in orientation of newly hired employees and students for clinical rotatation. Attends departmental meetings, inservices, and education seminars according to departmental  guidelines.



  1. Provides patient and/or family education related to specific respiratory modality.


  2. Performs both essential and non-essential job functions in a safe and appropriate manner as established by Presence Heath and/or Departmental polices, procedures, diretive, quality assurance, saftey, environmental and infection control standards.  Integrates patient safety principles into all aspects of care.  Monitors and evaluates patient care and processes in an effort to identify opportunities to improve safety and quality of patient care.


  3. Acts as in-charge RT as assigned. Assesses and assigns workload appropriately to promote quality, safety, and customer service; assures coverage for upcoming shift.  Facilitates or adjusts staffing based on departmental and patient needs.


  1. Provide assistance to department operations.  Participate in orientation and education of new personnel and students regarding the Respiratory Therapy Department.


  1. Participate in medical center committees and special projects according to departmental and personal needs.


  1. Provide for continued professional development with the Respiratory Therapy field.  Share knowledge from programs with members of staff.


    This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions.  Other duties may be assigned.


    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                


      Does Not Supervise Employees



    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Upon obtaining the NBRC credential (date printed on the certificate) the employee has (6) months (180 days) to obtain an Illinois State License as issued by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.  Failure to obtain such license will result in termination of employment at the end of the “grace period.”


    The employee is responsible to maintain his/her State License in an active/current status while employed with Presence Health.  Failure to do so will result in suspension without pay until obtained and/or termination.


    Education and/or Experience                                                              

    Graduate of an accredited Respiratory Care Program required.


    Computer Skills                                                          

    Proficient in Microsoft Office software and electronic medical record experience preferred.


    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

NBRC credentialed RRT or registry eligible with completion within 6 months (180 days).  BLS, CPR, and IL state license required. ACLS, PALS, and NRP preferred.


Business Unit: Presence St Joseph MC Joliet
Department Name: Respiratory Therapy PSJMC

Job Segment: Rehabilitation, Medical, Respiratory, Engineer, Law, Healthcare, Engineering, Legal

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