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Respiratory Therapist
Ref No.: 20-05526
Category: Travel Nursing and Allied
Location: Juneau, Alaska
General job duties. Types of procedures required.
The Respiratory Therapist coordinates the care of patients with physicians, nurses, families, and other caregivers. The Respiratory Therapist is responsible for assessing, recommending, and following a pathway of therapy which may include invasive and non-invasive procedures. Obtaining and documenting diagnostic data are also required. The Respiratory Therapist supports and educates patient families/caregivers who must deal with acute and chronic respiratory conditions, and the psychosocial aspects of the condition.
Respiratory Therapy patient care:
• Coordinates the care of patients with physicians, nurses, family, and other caregivers. Assesses, recommends and follows a pathway of therapy which may include invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation, airway management, intubation assist, high and low flow humidification, medication administration, oxygen therapy, incentive spirometry, PEP therapy, coughing and breathing exercises, chest physical therapy, cardio/pulmonary rehabilitation and patient education including smoking cessation.
• Obtains and documents diagnostic data such as arterial blood gasses and co-oximetry, pulmonary function, cardiac stress testing, cardiac event monitoring, pulse oximetry and desaturation studies, and ECG's.

Equipment utilized in the unit/dept.
computerized charting, meditech

Required skills and minimum years of experience.
Experience: A minimum of 18 months of recent respiratory therapy experience in an acute care facility, with 3 years preferred.

Specific licensures and certifications/registrations required.
List required licenses, certifications or registrations:
• Current Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) licensure and/or a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credentialed by The National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).
Education: Graduation from an approved school of respiratory therapy. (An approved school is one accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). An Associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy from an accredited college is also required.
Certification(s): Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR. NRP certification required prior to start and ACLS required prior to start.

Shift or schedule requirements.
Work Schedule: Varies

Dress Code: