As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
HMC Respiratory Care has an outstanding opportunity for two temporary/hourly RESPIRATORY CARE INTERNS (Temp Staff - Helpers). Responsible to the Respiratory Care Manager, the Respiratory Care Intern provides advanced Respiratory Care to patients of all ages, (e.g., newborn, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric). Care is provided under general supervision in all areas of Harborview Medical Center, intensive care units, acute care clinics and the emergency room. Performed Respiratory Care is limited to only those procedures that have been completed in the associated Respiratory Care School curriculum prior to being done in the hospital patient care areas.
Under general direction, the Respiratory Care Intern: • provides patient care limited to only those procedures that have been completed in the associated Respiratory Care School curriculum prior to being done in the hospital patient care area • utilizes the respiratory care process (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) to recommend, delegate, coordinate and provide safe, therapeutic respiratory care to patients; • makes independent judgments/decisions and takes action regarding a wide range of routine and complex patient issues; • collaborates with appropriate disciplines to coordinate continuity of patient care from admission through discharge in support of the respiratory, medical and nursing plans of care.
COMPETENCY is measured by: • Pre-employment assessment: work history review, reference checks, interviews, verification of respiratory school status and experience; • Orientation: successful completion of department and organizational orientation; • Skills Validation Checklist: demonstration of job-related skill; • Mandatory training: successful completion of mandatory training, initial and yearly; • Age-specific guidelines: demonstration of understanding of the needs of various patient age groups; • Performance appraisal: evaluation of job-related knowledge
Standards of Performance: 1. Continually seeks to improve own professional respiratory practice. 2. Provides respiratory care consistent with professional practice standards, HMC policies and procedures, the Law Relating to Respiratory Care Practitioner #18.89 and Federal and State regulations. 3. Acquires, maintains and applies current knowledge in clinical practice. 4. Decisions and actions on behalf of patients and families are determined in an ethical manner and in collaboration with appropriate team members. 5. Collaborates with patients, significant others, and health care providers in providing patient care. 6. Considers factors related to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and developing patient care. 7. Maintains greater than 2.5 GPA in the associated Respiratory School program.
Standards of Practice: 1. Demonstrates competency to assess physiological health status of the patient. 2. Demonstrates competency in formulating plan of care based on health status data. 3. Demonstrates competency in establishing outcome oriented patient goals. 4. Demonstrates competency in developing a comprehensive interdisciplinary plan of care that includes interventions aimed at achieving expected outcomes. 5. Seeks appropriate consults when necessary. 6. Efficiently implements the interventions identified in the plan of care. 7. Evaluates the patient’s progress toward attainment of outcomes and intervenes as appropriate. 8. Demonstrates competency in documentation using the computerized medical record.
Standards of Daily Practice: 1. Pro-actively offers assistance to others. 2. Is flexible with accepting/changing assignments to meet unit/hospital needs. 3. Performs routine care for patients (trach care, bronchial hygiene etc.) 4. Leaves work area stocked and organized. 5. Contributes to unit maintenance and improvement. 6. Consistently extends self. 7. Consistently completes assignments on time. 8. Demonstrates accountability by being responsible to unit for attendance and flexibility of scheduling.
Professional Accountability: 1. Demonstrates awareness of and functions within Respiratory and PCS policies, procedures and guidelines. 2. Seeks consultation when patient care needs exceed own level of experience. 3. Demonstrates awareness of and functions within safety, infection control, emergency and equipment guidelines. 4. Meets attendance standard. 5. Consistently completes timesheet requirements. 6. Ensures mandatory certification competencies are completed within initial time frame. 7. Consistently wears identification badge as per hospital policy. 8. Is responsible for remaining current with information disseminated through email, voice mail, memos and posted notices. 9. Answers phone courteously identifying both self and unit.
Advocacy and Humanistic Care: 1. Treat all patients with respect and dignity and work to promote the mission in the context of his/her work. 2. Make initial contact and provide information to the patient on behalf of the provider, clinic and project. 3. Acts as an advocate for patients and families through such activities as assisting them with locating appropriate staff to address their concerns and safeguard patient’s privacy and confidentiality. 4. Respond to patient complaints and concerns by: listening to, documenting information and data from appropriate sources, composing report for review and resolution, and appropriately triaging patient complaints. 5. Refers patient to those who can give assistance if unable to meet patient’s needs. 6. Introduces self to patient and explains the role of the Respiratory Care Practitioner. Offers assistance if patient looks lost or confused. Escorts patients to their destinations when possible. 7. Conducts care-related discussions in the most private settings available. 8. Patients always take precedence over tasks. Asks patient at end of contact if there is anything else the patient needs. 9. Provide additional service for those who have been inconvenienced or who may need special assistance. Contact Specialist, manager or patient relations office when appropriate.
Communication and Team Building: 1. Promote and contribute to the development of teamwork in the service and working relationships between the service and other departments and disciplines. 2. Forms productive working relationships with co-workers. Communicate clearly, directly and on a timely basis. 3. Is open to receiving direction, ask for assistance when needed, treats staff with respect and dignity. 4. Maintains a professional manner at work. 5. Acts as a back up to other RCP’s (if applicable) in answering phones, covering breaks, leave coverage, helping all Attendings and staff, etc. 6. Represents the department in hospital committees and meetings. 7. Works independently, uses resources including computerized information systems and staff from ancillary departments and outside agencies, ask for assistance when needed, be open to feedback, help problem solve with team and work with Attendings and supervisors to meet needs of the service and patients.
Safety/Response to Emergencies: 1. Participates in an interdepartmental effort to facilitate a safe environment for all staff and patient care. 2. Follows HMC standards on the use of safety equipment and regulations of personnel where required.
Quality Assessment and Improvement: 1. Participates in and support quality assessment and improvement activities. 2. Maintain/improve knowledge and skills related to medical terminology, policies/procedures and medical center services.
Professional Development/Skills: 1. Demonstrates responsibility for own professional growth through pursuit of work-related experiences and education opportunities.
Currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited Respiratory Care Program within by the State of Washington.
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