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Under the direction of department management and according to
policies and procedures as defined in the Department Policy and
Procedure Manuals, the Respiratory Therapist, Senior demonstrates
an advanced level of knowledge in respiratory care and assigned
patient care areas. The Respiratory Therapist, Senior administers
competent care of patients through airway management, mechanical
ventilator management, oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, respiratory
care procedures and treatments designed to assess, prevent,
stabilize or remedy patients respiratory dysfunction.
Additionally as a member of the Pediatric Transport Team will
function under the direction of UNC Carolina Air Care (CAC) Air
Care Protocol / management and according to policies and procedures
as defined in the Department Policy and Procedure Manuals,
administers respiratory care procedures and treatments designed to
assess, prevent, stabilize or remedy patients respiratory
dysfunction. After completion of orientation, functions
independently with minimal supervision. Prefer three years minimum
experience and five years respiratory therapy experience in
neonatal or pediatric ICU settings. Will need current certification
in BLS, PALS, NRP and ACLS plus trauma certification.
This is a 36 hour per week full time position with Carolina Air
Care Pediatric/Neonatal Critical Care Transport Team. This position
requires rotating shifts (both 12 and 24 hour shifts) and the work
environment is aircraft and ground ambulance with some time spent
outdoors. Must be able to work in the environment without
restrictions and meet weight restrictions for rotor wing/helicopter
less than or equal to 225 pounds and fixed wing/jet less than or
equal to 270 pounds in uniform or flight gear for air craft safety
Administers standard Respiratory Care including but not limited
to, aerosol medication delivery, basic bedside pulmonary function
testing, breathing exercises, oxygen therapy, (Not included in Per
Diem Job) and arterial punctures. Provides for all aspects of
airway management including aspiration of established airways,
tracheostomy care, tracheostomy tube changes, endotracheal
intubations and exudations. May perform Pulmonary Function Testing
Carolina Air Care - When working with Carolina Air Care may
Transport pediatric and neonatal patients from referral hospitals
per UNC Air Care Protocol. May perform respiratory care and
advanced practice procedures per UNC Air Care Protocol. These
procedures include UAC, UVC, IV insertion, intraoaaeous insertion,
Chest Tube insertion, Needle Decompression, ABG's, Blood Glucose
monitoring, and others as deemed necessary by the medical control
ECMO - When working with ECMO may manage the Extracorporeal
circulation for cardiac and respiratory support of patients.
May be required to be on-call days, nights, weekends and
May Perform all aspects of ventilator care to include, but not
limited to setting up the ventilator and verifying function using
specialized ventilator modes to manage the patients disease
process. Provide for an appropriate monitoring of these patients
and provide appropriate weaning techniques. (O)
Maintains and improves job knowledge and skills. Functions
independently with minimal supervision. Serves as resource to other
staff reflective of experience level. Serves as resource for
physicians and other UNCHCS staff. Aids in training new staff
members, students and new physicians. Provides in-services as
required. May assume Charge Therapist responsibilities.
Records completely all pertinent information pertaining to
patient care procedures per hospital and departmental policies.
Records patient information in electronic medical record
Determines most suitable method of administering inhalants,
precautions to be observed, and modifications which may be needed
that will be compatible with Physician's
Implements appropriate pulmonary education plan according to the
individualized needs of the patient with full consideration of
patient safety needs.
Instructs patients on bronchopulmonary drainage and breathing
exercises. Instructs patients on bronchopulmonary drainage and
Maintains oxygen and other respiration supplies.
Inspects, tests and adjusts respiratory therapy equipment to
ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently. Orders
repairs when needed
Demonstrates respiratory care procedures to trainees and other
health care personnel.
Monitors patient's physiological responses to therapy such as
vital signs, 02 saturation, and heart rate responses.
Graduation from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program.
Licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the North
Carolina Respiratory Care Board. Must be registered (RRT) by the
National Board of Respiratory Care. BLS on hire. Must have either
ACLS-Adults, NRP - NICU, PALS - PICU/Rex, CPFT - PFT, Advanced
Practice certificate to administer moderate sedation in the
Bronchoscopy Lab. Must maintain certification annually.
Professional Experience Requirements:
Two (2) years of experience as a Respiratory Therapist
Knowledge/Skills/and Abilities Requirements:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret clinical information and
technical procedures. Ability to document clinical information.
Ability to effectively communicate information and respond to
questions from patients, physicians, family members, and other
staff. Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply concepts such as
fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical
situations. Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect
data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to
interpret an extensive variety of technical situations.
Entity: UNC Medical Center
Organization Unit: RDU Ground
Work Type: Full Time
Standard Hours Per Week: 36.00
Work Schedule: Rotating
Location of Job: US:NC:Chapel Hill
Exempt From Overtime: Exempt: No