Respiratory Therapy Student
Immediate Supervisor:Director Respiratory
Hours per week:24
JOB TITLE: Respiratory Therapy Student
DEPARTMENT: Respiratory Therapy
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Respiratory Therapy
The Respiratory Therapy Student is a professional caregiver who administers therapies, assessments, procedures, and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardio-pulmonary system under the direct supervision of a qualified and credentialed Respiratory Care Practitioner.
Education: Must be enrolled in a CoARC approved respiratory therapy program designed to prepare candidates for NBRC licensure testing. Must provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation from current respiratory therapy program instructors. Current BLS certification.
Training: orientation six months
Experience: minimum second year student in accredited respiratory therapy program
Job Knowledge: Candidates must know the basic principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics,
physiologic chemistry (biochemistry), and microbiology. S/he must be able to apply that
knowledge to the management and treatment of patients of all ages who suffer from pulmonary
insufficiencies. Candidates must be able to assess and interpret data, as well as demonstrate the knowledge and skill to recommend and provide appropriate age-specific therapies needed for care.
Knowledge of hospital and unit policies and procedures, techniques, equipment, and legal parameters. Has knowledge of safety and infection control protocols for patients, visitors, staff, and self. Ability to care for all age patients at a competency level of 100%, attends in-service education programs, and unit meetings, as described in the unit manual. Must be proficient in computerized documentation. Must be able to function and participate in team care.
Patient education to patients/families
Hand-held nebulizers (all devices and delivery systems)
Arterial Blood Gasses (ABG) puncture, analysis, and interpretation
Knowledge and implementation of oxygen devices and delivery systems
Assist with ventilator implementation, assessment, documentation, and monitoring
Assist with CPAP/BIPAP implementation, assessment, documentation, and monitoring
Interpret and evaluate diagnostic testing (lab/radiology)
Accurate documentation in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
Knowledge of hospital and department Policies and Procedures
Successful completion of CEU’s and all assigned competencies
Attend SECURE training annually
All other assigned tasks
Physical Demands: Moderate to heavy lifting (sometimes over 50lbs) includes patients and equipment, prolonged walking and standing, visual and auditory acuity, manual dexterity.
Special Demands: Candidates must be able to work independently and communicate well with others while under stress. Ability to maintaining good composure, tact, bedside manner, initiative, and sound judgment skills is a must. Must participate and become proficient in all matrix involved in the Process Improvement Board and Lean Daily Management, including interpretation, and demonstration. Candidates promote a good positive attitude and public image of the Respiratory Therapy Department as well as Harrisburg Medical Center.
REPRESENTATIVE FUNCTIONS: PERCENTAGE OF TIME