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Respiratory Therapist MHB

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Location: Buffalo, NY, United States

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Job Description

Facility: Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

Shift: Shift 1

Status: Full Time FTE: 0.920000

Bargaining Unit: CWA Local 1133

Exempt from Overtime: Exempt: No

Work Schedule: Days and Evenings with Weekend and Holiday Rotation

Hours: 6:00am to 6:00pm

Summary:

The Respiratory Therapist/Respiratory Technician provides treatment, care, and evaluation for patients with respiratory related concerns or insufficiencies in accordance with established policies, practices and standards. Performs patient assessment and delivers care per patient need and/or physician order including routine and intensive therapy and diagnostic procedures. Administers various types of medical gas delivery devices and responsible for medical gas cylinders. Provides respiratory support via non-invasive, positive pressure devices, and mechanical ventilation and administers prescribed doses of medicinal gases and aerosol drugs. The Respiratory Therapist/Technician monitors, assesses, and records patient status and response to treatments, therapies, and breathing support measures. Also responds to emergency team calls and codes. Responsible for setting up, operating, and cleaning of respiratory therapy equipment. Educates patients and family members and provides information about community support groups and other available programs. Orients and mentors new staff members and students. Follows Standard Precautions using personal protective equipment as required.

Responsibilities:

EDUCATION

Associates hired prior to August 1, 2013:

  • Respiratory credential of RRT, CRTT, or CRT must be kept current
  • Must possess valid New York State Respiratory Therapist license or Respiratory Therapy Technician license
  • BLS certification is required
  • Neonatal certification is required by February 1, 2015 for all current Respiratory Therapists/Technicians
  • ACLS certification is required by July 1, 2015 for all current Respiratory Therapist/Technicians


Associates hired after August 1, 2013:

  • Must have a minimum of an Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program
  • May work with a limited Respiratory Therapist permit under the direct supervision of a supervising licensed physician or Respiratory Therapist, as outlined in Title VIII Education Law Article 164 section 8506
  • Work permitted Therapist must schedule and successfully complete the NBRC-Therapist multiple-choice examination and clinical simulation examination within the first 90 days of hire and obtain their licensure within 180 days of hire date
  • Must be a Registered Respiratory Therapist and must be kept current
  • Must possess valid New York State Respiratory Therapist license to practice Respiratory Therapy
  • BLS certification is required
  • Neonatal certification is required within one (1) year of hire date for all Respiratory Therapist/Technicians
  • ACLS certification is required within one (1) year of hire date for all Respiratory Therapist/Technicians


EXPERIENCE

  • Pre-Hire Experience: One (1) year clinical experience is preferred, however new graduates with a limited Respiratory Therapist permit or Respiratory License may be considered
  • Post-Hire Experience: Orientation and training to the essential functions of the position is expected to be completed during the introduction period


KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work with all levels of healthcare personnel, as well as physicians, families, and visitors
  • Must possess the ability to assess/interpret patient data and draw appropriate conclusions
  • Possesses active listening skills and planning skills to carry out the responsibilities of a Respiratory Therapist
  • Must be knowledgeable in Respiratory Therapy and demonstrate sound judgment in performing clinical responsibilities
  • Maintains current knowledge in respiratory care treatments, therapies, and equipment
  • Provides care according to the appropriate age and condition of the patient


WORKING CONDITIONS

ENVIRONMENT

  • Frequent exposure to infectious diseases/blood and body fluids
  • Works with a variety of medical gases
  • Responsible to carry/respond to overhead pages/pager/phone when on duty
  • Lifting and positioning of patients and moving equipment to various locations throughout the facility
  • The periods of standing and walking are common throughout the shift

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

  • Effective January 1st 2022, you must be fully vaccinated with an FDA COVID-19 vaccination and provide proof of your vaccination status as part of your new employee pre-boarding. Exceptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement may be granted for medical reasons.
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