Job Description

Location: Holy Family Hospital
Posted Date: 1/19/2024
Job Type: Per Diem
Salary: Based on Experience
Department: 0301.53500 HFH Respiratory Therapy

Join us at Holy Family Hospital

Not many healthcare professionals have the opportunity to build a career with a great job and robust benefits while also caring for friends, family and neighbors. You can when you work at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Haverhill. As part of the Steward Health Care System, our goal is to offer low-cost, high-quality healthcare to the people who live and work near our hospital, so they don’t have to travel far for great care.

Our two campuses in Methuen and Haverhill have a total of 320 beds and we are a full service, acute care hospital offering comprehensive inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient care, and 24/7 emergency services. We have three behavioral health units, cardiac telemetry, and critical care service lines. Our Haverhill campus offers all private rooms, and our Methuen campus offers a new state-of-the-art catheterization suite and Joint Center of Excellence named as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction+ Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.

Position Summary: Respiratory Therapist Per Diem

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Respiratory Care Medical Director and the Manager, Non-Invasive Services, the Respiratory Therapist is responsible for providing Respiratory Care services in accordance with specific physician’s orders, department policies and procedures.

  • Essential Functions: Maintains knowledge of the various methods of oxygen delivery devices; troubleshoots and assesses possible side effects.
  • Administers respiratory therapy procedures; understands the indications, contraindications, and possible side effects associated with each.
  • Mechanical Ventilation/BIPAP- Calibrates, sets-up, monitors, troubleshoots, and operates equipment safely.
  • Performs arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood samples for blood gas analysis and understands the possible complications and contraindications associated with the procedure.
  • EKGs – Performs, calibrates, sets-up, monitors, troubleshoots, and operates equipment safely and performs administrative responsibilities associated with procedure.
  • Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs of a patient and evaluates effectiveness of learning. Patient’s family is included in teaching as appropriate.
  • Assesses and reassesses clients when administering prescribed medications and medical gases.
  • Able to assess patient pain interfering with optimal level of function or participation in therapy - makes appropriate physician contact for intervention.
  • Always maintains standard precautions.
  • Ensures all respiratory equipment is functioning efficiently, effectively and safely.
  • Makes clinical assessment of patients, including, but not limited to breath sounds, vital signs, and electronic monitoring. Documents clinical assessment findings in electronic record.
  • Follows protocol when patient is not tolerating a respiratory procedure.
  • Follows protocol and procedure to draw arterial blood gases.
  • Applies BIPAP and CPAP.
  • Understands the different settings on a ventilator.
  • Follows protocol and procedure when exposed to blood or body fluids.
  • Is able to administers nebulizer therapy and MDI therapy.
  • Demonstrates correct placement of electrodes for a 12 lead EKG.
  • Demonstrates safety procedures for the transportation and storage of oxygen cylinders. Follows protocol and procedure for reporting malfunctioning/defective equipment.
  • Able to demonstrate and provide the correct procedure for chest PT.
  • Demonstrates competence in reporting victims of abuse according to established facility standards and state and local laws.
  • Describe how a plan of care is developed? Implemented? Evaluated? Revised?
  • Demonstrates knowledge of restraint procedures within scope of practice.
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of the set-up and use of the following equipment: Ventilators, EKG, PFT Machine, ABG Machine, handheld nebulizer, venture mask, partial rebreathing mask, simple oxygen mask, nasal cannula, pulse oximeter, oxygen tanks, cleaning, disinfecting of equipment, performs daily instrumentation calibration, performs monthly quality control testing.
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of performing the following procedures: Ventilator settings, ventilator adjustments, oxygen administration, high-humidity aerosol, bronchial drainage, incentive spirometry, oral nasal tracheal suctioning without an artificial airway. Endotracheal suctioning with artificial airway and on mechanical ventilation: Adult, pediatric (via BLS and Annual Competency). Pulse oximetry, newborn resuscitation (via BLS and Annual Competency), pediatric resuscitation (via BLS and Annual Competency), adult resuscitation, medication /MAR administration, patient-assisted coughing, postural drainage.
  • Demonstrates competency in the knowledge of the delivery of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge of proper identification and reporting of medical/health care errors. Protects the patient in the event of a medical/health care error and, as appropriate, assists in medical/health care error resolution.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Graduate or Currently Enrolled in an AMA approved Respiratory Care Program
  2. Experience
  3. Certification/Licensure: Massachusetts State License, including 261 CMR 5.00 Continuing Education Requirement. (Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), or Licensed Respiratory Therapist (LRT)); Current BLS from AHA or Red Cross.
  4. Software/Hardware: Meditech, Proficient with Microsoft Office Application.
  5. Other: Must obtain sufficient annual continuing education to maintain license

We have many plans with various deductibles, which can cover individuals or families, so you can customize a plan that will work for you! Steward Health Care works with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to provide affordable health insurance for our employees in benefit eligible positions. Our Health Plans Highlights are:

  • Deductibles will not apply to services provided by a Steward provider (Tier 1).
  • Office visits copays will be $0 when a member uses a Steward Provider (Tier 1).
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse office visits will be $0 for all In-Network providers (Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3).

Other Benefits provided:

  • Dental, Vision, Health Care Savings Account, Life Insurance, Short Term and Long-Term Disability, Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Shift Differential, Tuition Reimbursement, and more.

About Steward Health Care
Over a decade ago, Steward Health Care System emerged as a different kind of health care company designed to usher in a new era of wellness. One that provides our patients better, more proactive care at a sustainable cost, our providers unrivaled coordination of care, and our communities greater prosperity and stability.

As the country’s largest physician-led, tax paying, integrated health care system, our doctors can be certain that we share their interests and those of their patients. Together we are on a mission to revolutionize the way health care is delivered - creating healthier lives, thriving communities and a better world.

Steward is among the nation’s largest and most successful accountable care organizations (ACO), with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 health care professionals who care for 12.3 million patients a year through a closely integrated network of hospitals, multi-specialty medical groups, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and behavioral health centers. Based in Dallas, Steward currently operates 39 hospitals across Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Steward Health Care is proud to be a minority, physician owned organization. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are at the foundation of the care we provide, the community services we support and all our employment practices. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and or expression or any other non-job-related characteristics.

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