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Respiratory Therapist

Sierra Nevada Memorial Grass Valley, California
Requisition ID 2021-206037 Employment Type Per Diem Department Respiratory Therapy Hours/Pay Period 10 Shift Varied Standard Hours varied Remote No

Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is a 104-bed not-for-profit hospital located in Grass Valley, California. The hospital has been providing compassionate, quality health care to residents and visitors of western Nevada County since 1958. As an affiliate of the nationally recognized Dignity Health system, we ensure the highest standard of health care to our patients and have access to important regional resources throughout the system, including the Dignity Health Heart & Vascular Institute, the Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California and the Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento. With 787 employees, 101 active medical staff, and 21 Emergency Department beds, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital continually implements and upgrades its technology and recruits employees who understand the vital importance of kindness and compassion in the healing process.



The Respiratory Therapist is for providing respiratory care to patients.

Job Standards
1.1Responsible for the safe and accurate administration of all respiratory medications, treatments, procedures, and monitoring including but not limited to: oxygen therapy, adult ventilator management, neonatal ventilator management, ventilator transport, bi-level ventilation management, heliox therapy, chest physiotherapy, sputum induction, airway care, humidity therapy, DME coordination, aerosol therapy, isolation controlled environments, nocturnal oximetry study, pulmonary education and rehabilitation, pulse oximetry, EKGs, adult and pediatric, pulmonary function testing, cardiovascular monitoring; rhythm, heart rate, B/P, respirations, arterial blood gas procedure and analysis
1.2Assumes primary responsibility for meeting patients respiratory care needs during shift.
1.3Makes recommendations, as appropriate, to patients attending physician when changes in respiratory care are required.
1.4Assesses pulmonary status of patient by using physical assessment skills.
1.5Monitors laboratory data to determine changes in acid/base balance, chemistry panels, hematology and other data which aids in treating the patient.
1.6Verifies and receives verbal and/or written orders for respiratory care.
1.7Writes telephone orders in chart when respiratory care is ordered by physician per telephone.
1.8Administers all types of respiratory medications by following established guidelines and procedures.
1.9Receives report from off-going shift and gives report to next shift.
1.10Prepares treatment assignments for self and other RCP's as indicated.
1.11Utilizes acuity system in categorizing patients to determine staffing needs as appropriate.
1.12Assumes responsibility for complete and accurate charting on all assigned patients.
1.13Reports changes in pulmonary status to physicians and nursing personnel.
1.14Schedules treatments in a timely fashion to maximize effectiveness of therapy.
1.15Performs pre-operative and post-operative assessments and makes recommendations as indicated.
1.16Explains treatment/procedure to patient for maximum patient cooperation and comfort.
1.17Instructs patient on breathing techniques, coughing and general pulmonary toilet.
1.18Instructs patient on home care therapy.
1.19Provide staffing for Pulmonary Function Lab performing Pulmonary Function tests after training and competency achieved.
1.20Staff the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program as appropriate with the following duties: Plan and schedule patient assessments and exercise sessions. Assess and monitor patients during exercise sessions, through use of stethoscope, peak flow device, oximeter and pulmonary function equipment. Document all patient responses to conditioning/exercise sessions. Processes all documents and enters billing into computer system. Promote pulmonary rehabilitation program by attending community and/or hospital functions. Consult with patient's physician on patient goals and care problems. Continually evaluates program, performs quality assurance audits, and keeps Director informed of changes needed for program. Maintains patient files to meet regulatory requirements.



- current California license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner
- current BLS Healthcare Provider (AHA)

- current PALS (AHA)

- current ACLS, or ability to acquire within 6 months of employment,
- current NRP, or ability to acquire within 6 months of employment
- RRT -National registration -
- Neonatal intubation certification preferred

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