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Respiratory Therapist

CHI St. Alexius Bismarck Bismarck, North Dakota
Requisition ID 2021-207355 Employment Type Full Time Department Respiratory Therapy Hours/Pay Period 72 Shift Varied Standard Hours 24/7 Remote No

Since 1885, CHI St. Alexius Health has been dedicated to leading health care in this region by enriching the lives of patients through the highest quality of care. We seek to continue our tradition of success and innovation with individuals dedicated to delivering the highest level of expertise and quality. Together we can continue to grow and support the legacy of CHI St. Alexius Health for many years to come.

CHI St. Alexius Health is a regional health network with a tertiary hospital in Bismarck, the system also consists of critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Carrington, Dickinson, Devils Lake, Garrison, Turtle Lake, Washburn and Williston and numerous clinics and outpatient services.  CHI St. Alexius Health manages four CAHs in North Dakota - Elgin, Linton, and Wishek, as well as Mobridge Regional Medical Center in Mobridge, S.D. CHI St. Alexius Health offers a comprehensive line of inpatient and outpatient medical services, including: a Level II Trauma Center, primary and specialty physician clinics, home health and hospice services, durable medical equipment services, a fitness and human performance center and ancillary services throughout western and central North Dakota.

CHI St. Alexius Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care.


To provide and coordinate high quality Respiratory Therapy upon the order of a licensed physician to promote the health and recovery of patients served by the St. Alexius Medical Center.



Encourage and facilitate cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; foster commitment and team spirit; work with others to achieve goals.

Is a team player; works as a team with co-respiratory therapists, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to manage patient care and delivery of quality patient care.


Identifies problems, determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and to make recommendations.

Update respiratory therapy job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.

Employ evidence-based practice.  Integrate best research with clinical expertise and patient values for optimum care, and participate in learning and research activities to the extent feasible.

Actively participates in department meetings.

Performs basic and intensive respiratory therapies, including but are not limited to; aerosol therapy, bronchial hygiene, volume expansion, oxygen therapy, diagnostics, patient/family education, invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation, patient transport, mechanical ventilation management, hemodynamic monitoring, airway management, capnography, rapid response team member,  inhaled nitric oxide. Drawing, analyzing and reporting results from arterial, venous, capillary and spinal fluid samples for Point of Care testing.

 Actively participates in daily patient rounds.


Communicates key components of current patient status for an efficient and effective transition of care from each respiratory therapy shift change.

Positive Impression

Provide patient-centered care.  Identify, respect, and care about patient’s differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs.  Listen to, clearly inform, communicate with, and educate patients.  Continuously advocate disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Solve/Anticipate Problems

Deals calmly and effectively with high stress situations (i.e. deadlines, hostile individuals and emergency situations).

Handle with Care

Explain treatment procedures to patients to gain cooperation and allay fears.

Demonstrates respect for the diversity of patient and employee populations.

Commitment to Coworkers

Works as a physician extender to assess, manage, treat and perform diagnostic/therapeutic evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary conditions.

Customer Waiting

Educate patients and their families about their conditions and teach appropriate disease management techniques and the use of medications and respiratory therapy equipment.


Abide by the definitions outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  The five components included are:  General Information, Notice of Privacy Practices, Discussions with Families and/or Friends, Patient’s Right to Access Protected Health Information (PHI), and Release of Information.


Knows, understands, and adheres to our policies and procedures, especially those related to mediations, safety and emergency preparedness.

Commitment to our Customers

Uses Respiratory Therapy Protocols to develop therapeutic goals and formulate care plans for patients.

Provide life-enhancing, life-supporting quality care to the elderly, adult, adolescent, children and infant patient populations.


Education: Graduate of an accredited/AMA certified School of Respiratory Therapy.  An Associate/Bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy is preferred.

Licensure: Licensed with the North Dakota State Board of Respiratory Care.

Experience:  Must complete phase I and phase II general respiratory therapy orientation to be considered.  Must have completed Phase III Respiratory Therapy orientation in at least one of the following areas, as required for the area worked in by the Therapist:  Pulmonary Function Lab (7086-5420), Sleep Center (7046-5420), ICU (7085-5425), NICU (7085-5423) or Pulmonary Rehab (7096-5420) to be considered a RT III.

Skills: Working knowledge of computers.  Fine motor skills.  Problem-solving and decision-making skills.  Effectively and efficiently manages time.  Is self-directed, works independently while acting as a team player.

Interpersonal Skills: Oral and written communication skills.  Maintains patient confidentiality.  Ability to manage conflict.  Ability to encourage and accept constructive feedback positively and professionally. Relates well with staff, patients, and visitors.

Physical Effort: Able to transport equipment involved in Respiratory Therapy delivery, strength requirement of medium.

Hours of Work: Work days, evenings, or night shifts and weekends and holidays as assigned.

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt.

Other: Works under the following conditions:  potential exposure to biological, chemical, mechanical, radiological and electrical hazards associated with medical center operations. Must have current Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)-ICU (required).  Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)-NICU (required).  Optional education/certifications:  Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), STABLE

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