Lead Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is responsible for providing basic and advanced Respiratory services to adult and geriatric patients at the Southern Nevada Healthcare System VA Medical Center. The Therapist plans, implements and evaluates the effectiveness of respiratory care procedures; oversees work of staff and their training; and coordinates day to day operation. ********** There are 2 vacancies. 1 to Lead day shift and 1 to Lead night Shift ************* Collect, review, and evaluate relevant clinical data from the medical records, care team, patient, and patient's family to ensure appropriate care when indicated. Perform both basic and complex therapeutic procedures for adults and geriatric patients. Example: monitoring patients receiving mechanical ventilation, assisting with bronchoscopy, using techniques that include interpretation of clinical data, describing and interpreting arterial blood gas values and acid base balance. Apply clinical expertise in such a manner as to upgrade patient care where indicated and assist the provider in formulating an appropriate respiratory care plan based upon patient assessment, history, lung auscultation, chest x-ray, pulse oximetry, etc. Communicate changes in the respiratory care plan and/or patient status to other health care team members as appropriate. Make recommendations to providers regarding changes in treatment based upon patient observation and diagnostic test values. Provide effective and relevant education to the patient, family, students, and facility staff when appropriate. Perform both fundamental and advanced diagnostic procedures. Perform both emergency and acute Respiratory Care procedures in accordance with departmental guidelines and industry standards. Participate in departmental quality assurance and hospital organizational performance improvement. Comply with all medical center policies and procedures regarding safety practices. Assembles, checks, and corrects malfunctions and performs quality controls on respiratory care equipment. Participate in in-service education pertaining to respiratory therapy, maintaining a close relationship with other disciplines and students who may rotate through the health care facility. Delegates individual assignments based on patient acuity and staffing levels. Lead will be available to cover areas when needed and as indicated. Responsible to perform chart audits, monthly documentation submission and perform In-service education as necessary. Assists in monitoring supplies within the department and orders supplies as needed. Utilizes VA systems to request repair and replacement of equipment through Information technology and Biomedical departments to ensure proper and timely replacement of supplies and/or repair of broken equipment and devices. Work Schedule: Days: 6 days 0700 - 1930 and 1 day 0700-1530 Nights: 6 nights 1900 - 0730 and 1 night 1900-0330 Required to work every other weekend and holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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