Sparrow Health System
Charlotte, Michigan 48813

Job Description

Positions Location: Charlotte, MI


Job Description



General Purpose of Job:  

Evaluates, treats, and cares for patients with breathing   or other cardiopulmonary disorders.

Essential Duties:

This   job description is intended to cover the minimum essential duties assigned on   a regular basis.  Caregivers may be   asked to perform additional duties as assigned by their leader. Leadership   has the right to alter or modify the duties of the position.


  •   Evaluates patients performing limited physical   examinations and diagnostic tests; reports test results to the physician.
  •   Performs prescribed respiratory care   therapeutic treatments; evaluates and monitors patients’ responses to such   therapy and modifies the prescribed therapy to achieve the desired therapy objectives.
  •   Prepares and administers medications used in   conjunction with respiratory care.
  •   Makes regular rounds of respiratory therapy   patients to evaluate patients’ condition assuring compliance with physician’s   orders; changes ventilator settings according to the physician’s orders. Recognizes and notifies   physician of adverse changes in patients’ status.
  •   Educates patients and their families on   treatments and procedures; provides emotional support as needed.
  •   Documents treatments given and/or patient   reactions in a timely manner and in accordance with Hospital policies.
  •   Processes telephone orders from physicians   related to respiratory services, read back.
  •   Maintains communication with nurses and   physicians to facilitate quality patient care; reports adverse changes in patient   status.
  •   Performs EKGs, PFTs, Holters, ABG’s and   exercise treadmills on inpatients and outpatients, as directed.
  •   Assists physician in intubating patients and   ventilator management, extubates, suctions, places patients on oxygen, and   interprets blood gas analysis, per orders. Assists physician with bronchoscopies.
  •   Assumes responsibility for maintaining work   area and respiratory therapy equipment; sterilizes/ cleans equipment, assures   equipment is properly regulated, and performs routine maintenance on   equipment. Orders supplies as needed.
  •   Responds to all code blue call while on duty;   assists in cardiopulmonary resuscitations.
  •   Maintains records necessary for billing   respiratory care charges.
  •   Attends staff meetings and in-service programs   as required. Assists with orientation process for newly hired staff and   agency staff. Participates in activities to promote services and the hospital.
  •   Supports and serves as a role model for our   mission, vision, values, and customer service initiatives. Adheres to the   organization’s policies & procedures, and compliance guidelines.
  •   Performs other duties as assigned.




Job Requirements

General Requirements * National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Registered Respiratory Therapist Technician (RRT) or Certified Respiratory Technician (CRT). * Current licensure by the state of MI. * CPR/ACLS certification
Work Experience Previous experience as a RRT is preferred.
Education * High school diploma or GED
Specialized Knowledge and Skills * Knowledge of cardiac/pulmonary disease processes and related procedures, respiratory therapy techniques, testing procedures and related protocols * Knowledge of accrediting and regulatory standards and hospital policies related to cardiac/pulmonary rehab function, HIPAA confidentiality, OIG and JCAHO mandates * Knowledge of payer sources and payer requirements * Written and computer skills necessary to prepare required billing, documentation, and reports * Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate with patients, families, physicians, and health care professionals in the exchange of information * Analytical ability to determine appropriate method of therapy based upon observation of patient diagnostic test results and disease processes * Mental ability to adapt and respond to multiple priorities and demands, deal with the concerns of patients and their families, and respond to emergency situations * Physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, assist patients using proper body mechanics, and properly operate equipment/ devices * Demonstrates ability to use a keyboard as may be required to perform the essential duties of the job.


Sparrow Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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Date Posted : 01/18/2020