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Duke University Health System Job Description


DUHS

RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONER


Job Title: RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONER
Job Code: 4140
FLSA: N
Job Level: E1
Revised Date: 06/27/2005
Supervisory Responsibility: No

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General Description of the Job Class

Perform diagnostic and therapeutic clinical procedures as defined in the Respiratory Care Services scope of clinical practice. Work performed in accordance with physician orders. Defined duties are performed in neonatal, pediatric and adult patient populations.

 

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

Administer oxygen.

Administer aerosolized medication via Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing ( IPPB), Intermittent Aerosol Therapy (IAT) and Metered Dose Inhaler ( MDI).

Administer incentive breathing devices.

Perform nasotracheal and artificial airway suctioning.

Perform CPR and bag- mask ventilation.

Perform pulse oximetry monitoring.

Perform arterial blood gas punctures.

Perform bedside pulmonary mechanics.

Diagnostic cardiopulmonary procedures, pulmonary function studies, EKGs and cardiac monitoring.

Transport patients within the hospital.

Verify physician orders.

Assure correct set-up, safety and function of all equipment/ supplies necessary in the provision of patient care.

Assure adherence to all infectious disease standards in the delivery of all patient care procedures.

Recognizes life threatening situations and initiates appropriate response.

Understands pharmacological indications, dosages and response to adverse drug reactions.

Makes patient care assessments according to accepted protocols.

Provides education to patients, families, physicians, nursing and other members of the health care team.

Monitors response to all therapy.

Documents in the patient medical record.

Communicates all pertinent clinical information

Participates in quality improvement activities.

Perform routine cleaning and maintenance of respiratory equipment.

( IPPB), Intermittent Aerosol Therapy (IAT) and Metered Dose Inhaler ( MDI).

Administer incentive breathing devices.

Perform nasotracheal and artificial airway suctioning.

Perform CPR and bag- mask ventilation.

Perform pulse oximetry monitoring. Perform arterial blood gas punctures. Perform bedside pulmonary mechanics. Diagnostic cardiopulmonary procedures, pulmonary function studies, EKGs and cardiac monitoring. Transport patients within the hospital. Verify physician orders. Assure correct set-up, safety and function of all equipment/ supplies necessary in the provision of patient care.

Assure adherence to all infectious disease standards in the delivery of all patient care procedures.

Recognizes life threatening situations and initiates appropriate response.

Understands pharmacological indications, dosages and response to adverse drug reactions. Makes patient care assessments according to accepted protocols. Provides education to patients, families, physicians, nursing and other members of the health care team.

Monitors response to all therapy. Documents in the patient medical record. Communicates all pertinent clinical information Participates in quality improvement activities. Perform routine cleaning and maintenance of respiratory equipment.

 

Required Qualifications at this Level

Education:

Completion of a 2 year AMA approved respiratory care program (Associates Degree or the equivalent) or currently enrolled in an AMA approved Respiratory Care Program, and registry eligible.

 

Experience:

None required

 

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

North Carolina State Licensure or North Carolina State Provisional License,

Certification by the National Association for Respiratory Care (NBRC) if graduate. Certification in Basic Life Support ( BLS), and any other applicable certifications applicable to the institution.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge necessary to make appropriate clinical decisions and interactions relative to the specific age of a patient.

Skills validation/certifications of competencies for the duties and responsibilities of this level.

Must maintain annual skill requirements

Must maintain annual safety/compliance requirements

Must maintain North Carolina annual license requirements for CEU's Customer service and communication expertise.

Work involves contact with patients of all ages, family members, physicians, nursing, and all other members of the health care team.

Work is performed in all areas of Duke Hospital

Work may require lifting or pushing in excess of 30 pounds.

Work requires walking, climbing and bending.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level

N/A

 

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.