UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. UW Medicine - Northwest is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are: The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award; The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award; The Stroke Care Excellence Award; Winner of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, we’re also one of the safest places to get care – among the top 5% in the country.
UW Medical Center - Northwest has an outstanding opportunity for a VARIED SHIFT, PER DIEM/RESERVE, REGISTERED RESPIRATORY THERAPIST. As prescribed by the physician, the Respiratory Therapist provides respiratory assessment, support, treatment, and diagnostic tests; serves as a consultant to nursing and physicians regarding both the technical and theoretical aspects of respiratory care.
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
1.Plans and Evaluates Care, includes but is not limited to: •Reviews physician’s prescription and patient information, performs assessments of patient’s breathing condition, and recommends appropriate respiratory therapy treatment to physician. •Monitors patient’s responses to therapy and appropriately consults with nurses and physician if adverse reactions occur. •Refers concerns regarding patient care plan to supervisor and director.
2.Provides, Progresses, and Documents Care, includes but is not limited to: •Performs respiratory diagnostics including: Nocturnal oximetry testing, bedside pulmonary function testing, apnea monitoring, and bronchoscopy assistance. •Sets up and operates respiratory equipment, following treatment parameters. •Administers respiratory therapy treatments including: -Invasive ventilation: Safely and effectively uses volume or pressure ventilators on adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients. -Noninvasive ventilation: Assesses need for and implements proper type/ fittings for nasal prongs or nasal/full masks. -Administers oxygen and Heli-Ox therapies and inhaled medications. -Performs lung inflation therapies such as incentive spirometry and IPPB. -Performs airway management such as nasotracheal suctioning, tracheotomy tube and button measurement / placement, and chest physiotherapy. •Responds to emergency codes and provides emergency care. Makes appropriate clinical decisions in emergency situations. •Follows established procedures and observes all safety precautions. •Meets departmental standards for quality, customer service, and productivity. •Documents patient treatment and responses according to policy and procedure. Properly completes all required paperwork.
3.Provides for Continuing Care, includes but is not limited to: •Educates patient, family members and caregivers on breathing condition and instructs them on appropriate management techniques such as breathing exercises and home respiratory care.
4.Communication and Collaboration, includes but is not limited to: •Confers with interdepartmental team to plan, implement, and assess the treatment program. •Acts as consultant to nursing and physician staff regarding technical aspects of respiratory care. •Communicates pertinent clinical information to nursing and physician staff. •Gives complete, accurate and pertinent patient information at shift report.
5.Training and Leadership, includes but is not limited to: •Serves as a resource to other Respiratory Care staff in theory and application of respiratory therapeutics. •Trains and orients new employees. •Supervises and trains assigned students and evaluates their performance. •Assists with organizational planning, and actively participates in the development and implementation of new programs, departmental performance improvement projects, and projects that ensure the department remains compliant with all regulatory requirements.
6.Equipment and Supplies, includes but is not limited to: •Demonstrates thorough knowledge of all respiratory care equipment and its operation. •Inspects, cleans, tests and maintains equipment to ensure proper functioning, ordering repairs as needed. •Complies with procedures for maintenance of departmental supplies and equipment. REQUIREMENTS: •Graduate of a two-year AA, AMA-accredited respiratory therapy school. •Registered with the National Board of Respiratory Care. •Current Washington State license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. •Current BLS certification. •Must provide proof of current NRP certification. •Minimum of one year ICU experience required.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.