Reg Respiratory Therapist

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Clinton, MD

About the Job

  • Job Summary
    • Accountable for performing the management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with respiratory deficiencies and abnormalities.
  • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education/Experience
      • Associates Degree required, Bachelor's degree preferred from an approved Respiratory Program
      • One year of critical care experience, and two years of hospital-based respiratory care experience preferred.
      • Adult experience (Pediatric/Neonatal experience preferred).
      • Graduate of Respiratory Care program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care preferred.
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    • License/Certification/Registration
      • Current BLS and ACLS (American Heart Association-Healthcare Provider)
      • Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner in good standing within the state of Maryland Physician Board of Quality Assurance required.
      • RRT Certification by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) 
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    • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
      • Ability to comprehend and follow the policies and procedures for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.
      • Ability to read, write and speak or communicate in English to successfully accomplish the essential duties of the position.
      • Ability to demonstrate ethical behavior that supports the hospital’s mission, values and commitment to compliance with all federal, state and regulatory laws.  Inspires trust and exhibits honesty and integrity within the scope of daily activities.
      • Exhibits professionalism, courtesy and excellent customer service, while interacting with patients, guests and co-workers.
      • Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
      • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality.
      • Ability to perform, run, and interprets Arterial blood gases.
      • Ability to perform user level maintenance on ABG analyzers.
      • Ability to evaluate diagnostic testing. 
  • Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    • Provides competent and compassionate patient and family centered care based on respiratory processes and interdisciplinary teamwork.
    • Administers and assess responses to respiratory therapeutic interventions with high proficiency and minimal to no supervision. {e.g. aerosol therapy, oxygen therapy, bronchodilator therapy, bronchopulmonary hygiene).
    • Evaluates effects of respiratory therapy treatment plan by observing, noting, and evaluating patient's progress; recommends adjustments and modifications.
    • Establishes and manages mechanical ventilation. Measures ventilator volumes, pressures and blood gas analysis. Routinely develops or refines the ventilator care plan and communicates with the patient care team based on evidence and best practice.
    • Communicates and coordinates the plan of care and other pertinent information to/from healthcare team members consistent with MWHC standards.
    • Performs timely and accurate documentation.
    • Promotes continuous quality improvement.
    • Maintains and ensures operation of equipment by setting up, cleaning, sterilizing, completing preventive maintenance requirements, troubleshooting malfunctions, and calling for repairs.
    • Provides education and training to patients and family members.
    • Provides age and culturally appropriate care to patients.
    • Ensures the safety of patients and employees by adhering to hospital and departmental policies and protocols.
    • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; and participating in professional societies.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.
    • Uphold MedStar’s SPIRIT Values.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.