Respiratory Therapy Student


Immediate Supervisor:Director Respiratory

Position Status:PT

Hours per week:24



Job Title: Student
hourly or salaried: hourly
Departments: Respiratory Therapy
Position Status: PT
Shift: 6p.m.-6a.m.
Hours per week: 24
Weekends: Yes



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 assessment

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

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

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



  1. Routine assessments, patient rounding and medication

            administration                                                                                               25%

  1. Performing delegated cardio-pulmonary orders             25%
  2. Assessment and implementing RT Consult                                     15%
  3. Documentation in the Electronic Medical Record 15%                
  4. Communicating with other health team members                         10%
  5. Communicating with patient/family members, regarding instructions, education                                                      10%