For more than 100 years, M Health Fairview has been meeting community needs and achieving breakthrough medical advances in care. We are committed to providing great value for our patients: higher quality, better experience, and lower cost.
In partnership with the University of Minnesota, M Health Fairview is an academic health system committed to nation-leading research and educating tomorrows physicians and health care professionals. We serve patients from across the state of Minnesota, the upper Midwest and beyond.
The Respiratory Therapist is responsible for providing diagnostic and therapeutic services as prescribed by a physician. Follows defined treatment protocol according to department policies. Collects, assesses, interprets and intervenes as appropriate in the care of adult and geriatric patients. Ensures patient welfare and safety standards during treatments. This is in our DME (Durable Medical Equipment) group.
* Assesses patient needs and identifies expected outcomes. Assesses patient condition (BP, temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, rhythm interpretation, lung sounds). Analyze data to identify needs and potential risks. Involves the patient, family and other health care team members in gathering data. Identifies outcomes that are age appropriate, culturally appropriate, realistic and attainable. Validates outcomes with patient, family, and other health team members. Documents data and identified outcomes.
Implements Respiratory interventions based on plan of care. Assists in determining appropriate care plan. Provides care according to the plan, and in accordance with all relevant policies, procedures and relevant practice guidelines in conjunction with other care team members. Collaborates, consults, or make referrals if unable to perform safely and independently. Assures all actions are based on scientific, ethical, or ecological principles; proven effectiveness; past experience; practice standards; patient/family requests and values; or legal parameters. Documents interventions according to practice guidelines. Responds appropriately to emergent situations.
Evaluates care and the patients response to interventions and expected outcomes. Systematically and continuously evaluates patient progress; reports abnormalities to responsible RN. Reports all variances in procedure to the Supervisor, Manager. Reports to the Charge Nurse with variances in each nursing unit. Modifies the interventions based on patient response and changing patient condition. Involves the patient, family, and other health team members in evaluating care. Uses ongoing assessment data to revise patient needs, priority problems, outcomes and the plan of care.
*Delivers care as delegated by physician/authorized practitioner to assigned patient population, or individual patient. Provides diagnostic and therapeutic services as prescribed by a physician. Adult draw from arterial lines and zero from them. Performs EKGs. Reports abnormalities to responsible RN or physician. Assists in level 3 with mechanical ventilation nasal cpap and other modes of oxygenation Documents care in medical record.
Uses communication strategies to achieve desirable outcomes. Contacts physician for additional information when orders are incomplete. Communicates verbal and written information in a clear, concise, accurate and timely manner. Uses communication strategies appropriate to patient/family needs for information and support. Communicates effectively with all members of the health care team.
* Operates and maintains all Respiratory Care equipment Performs routine maintenance, repair and cleaning of equipment Prepares equipment Maintains appropriate respiratory care equipment stock levels to appropriate ordering mechanisms Practices and maintains all pertinent NFPA and JCAHO standards for proper safe handling of respiratory care equipment Makes round on all patients receiving respiratory care to ensure proper equipment operation in patient safety and acceptance.
* Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting approaches to reflect developmental level and cultural differences of population served.
Preferred Education What level of education is preferred for this job, but not required?
Bachelors degree graduate of accredited (CoARC or JRCRTE)
Minimum License/Certification/Registration What License/Certification/Registration is required for this position?
Temporary license or Licensure through MN Board of Medical Practice as a Respiratory Therapist.
Requires ability to provide written validation of current basic life support competency or ability to obtain written validation within 30 days of hire.
Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Together with the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Physicians we have created M Health Fairview. M Health Fairview is the newly expanded collaboration among the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services. The healthcare system combines the best of academic and community medicine — expanding access to world-class, breakthrough care through our 10 hospitals and 60 clinics.
Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is an award-winning, nonprofit health system providing exceptional care across the full spectrum of health care services. Fairview is one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in the state, with 10 hospitals—including an academic medical center and long-term care hospital—serving the greater Twin Cities metro area.
Its broad continuum also includes 60 primary care clinics, specialty clinics, senior living communities, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management services, rehabilitation centers, counseling and home health care services, medical transportation, an integrated provider netwo...rk and health insurer PreferredOne. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 32,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated providers embrace innovation to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.