Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology & Pulmonary Medicine. The position is located at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Children’s Specialty Care Center. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Duties will include all standard pulmonary function testing and responsibilities of a Pulmonary Technician I position.� In addition, responsible for ongoing clinical operations and perform pulmonary function tests, including coordination of clinical and research studies conducted through the laboratory.� Assist in establishing and maintaining standard operating procedures, and testing norms and QA program utilizing the CQI process.� Provide mentoring, education and training for faculty, fellows and laboratory technicians in performing pulmonary function studies.� Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment needs for pulmonary function lab.� As required, this candidate will assume the role of acting supervisor in the lab during the absence of the Pulmonary Function Supervisor.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performance, calibration, cleaning and reporting of standard pulmonary function tests according to American Thoracic Society criteria and guidelines to include:
Spirometry, with and without bronchodilators.
Fractional exhaled nitric oxide.
Lung volumes measurements (gas dilution and body plethysmography).
Train and assist pulmonary laboratory technicians for the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory.
Provide training and education of physicians, fellows, nurses, pulmonary function/laboratory technicians and ancillary clinical staff in the principals of pulmonary function testing and related respiratory physiology.
Setup, instruction and training of home spirometers to patients and parents as requested.
Responsible for the coordination of pulmonary function testing for clinical and research studies.
Work with study investigators and research coordinators, develop and coordinate research protocols that require pulmonary function measures as clinical outcomes or endpoints and facilitate communication of the results (e.g., participation in manuscript preparation).
Manage all pulmonary function test databases, provide patient longitudinal and population searches and assist divisional physicians in interpretation of pulmonary function tests.
Develop, revise and maintain laboratory policies standard operating procedures and quality standards for studies performed in the laboratory with supervisor and medical director approval and regularly review and update procedure manual for pulmonary function studies in infants, children and adolescents.
Regularly review (and if necessary, revise) normative standards for pediatric pulmonary function testing with supervisor and division medical director approval.
Develop, monitor and record status of established quality improvement goals for Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory.
Prepare and calibrate all equipment, including all flow sensors, body plethysmographs, gas analyzers, metabolic cart, treadmill, ergometer,� and device. Maintain supplies and pharmaceuticals necessary for pulmonary function testing with management approval.
During absence of PSR II, assist in arriving patients and scheduling appropriate testing in EPIC scheduling system and answering incoming phone calls.
Maintain orders and assign referrals with EPIC scheduling system.
Maintain workques related to PFT lab within EPIC.
During absence of supervisor, assist in supervision of laboratory personnel as well as duties above.
Adapts to change.
Accepts responsibility for learning.
Follows policies and procedures.
A.A.S. degree with strong math/science or allied health background.
CPFT, RPFT, RRT and/or RRT credential required in addition to Missouri state licensure for respiratory care practitioner.
Minimum of five years experience in PFT lab desired.
Ability to perform all required pediatric pulmonary function testing.
Advanced knowledge of computer function and applications.
Knowledge of pulmonary function laboratory procedures and basic theory.
Strong skills and understanding of patient scheduling/medical record (EPIC) system and resource management.
Excellent communication skills, providing leadership and mentoring.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Moving heavy portable equipment.
General hospital precautions are involved with isolation of patients and critically ill children.
Some travel necessary.
The hiring range for this position is $27.15 - $34.62 per hour.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Service Excellence Responsibilities:
Treat patients and families with care, respect and professionalism.
Maintain patient privacy at all times.
Provide patients with clear and accurate information.
Take action to continuously improve service.
Respond consistently to the needs of referring physicians and other health care professionals who are participating in the patient’s care.
Create a positive work environment by treating all co-workers, students and physicians with dignity and respect.
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