The Respiratory Therapist is a member of the interdisciplinary team working in collaboration with the Physician. The Respiratory Therapist utilizes the care process consistent with their license and certification including initiation of interventions within individual scope of practice. The Registered Nurse is responsible to oversee any necessary coordination of the interdisciplinary plan of care and provides for its consistency with the medical treatment plan. The patient care process includes:
Assessment - an orderly process consisting of the identification, gathering and organization of subjective and objective data pertaining to the patient/family/significant other.
Planning - an organized step in the process that consists of the identification of actual or potential problems and desired outcomes (goals) that result in a documented plan of care. The plan of care provides direction for the patient/family/significant other and interdisciplinary team.
Intervention - the specific interventions or orders that are implemented consistent with the plan of care and medical treatment plan.
Evaluation - a step in the process that involves determining the effectiveness of the interventions in achieving the plan of care and determining the conclusions concerning the achievement or lack of achievement of desired outcomes. The evaluation may initiate the need for reassessment and revisions to the problems, goals, plan of care, and interventions. This step provides for documentation of required actions. Based upon findings identified during assessment and reassessment:
Patients have problems identified and prioritized relative to biophysical, psychological, environmental, self care, educational and social status.
Goals are identified consistent with the problem to provide direction for patient care and health promotion.
Education is consistent with the identified problem and associated goals and is seen as critical to creating an environment that promotes patient empowerment. Licensed, certified care providers responsible for utilizing the care process relative to their scope of practice and knowledge base, may document the assessment, plan, intervention and evaluation. All patient care activities are administered according to standards, procedural guidelines and organizational policy. Page 2 Respiratory Therapist (Registered) The Respiratory Therapist actively supports performance improvement initiatives. By participating in educational activities, the Respiratory Therapist assumes responsibility for continued professional and personal growth. QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION:. Graduate of an AMA approved school of respiratory care. LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: Licensed by the State Board of Respiratory Care and must be Registered Respiratory Therapist. Current BLSHCP required; Position requires certification in one of the certifications listed: ACLS, PALS, NRP. EXPERIENCE: Prior experience preferred but not required. Pool candidates do require 3 years critical care experience. Proficiency in Clinical Applications preferred at time of hire; incumbents within position will be trained appropriately and then skill will be required for this position within 30-60 days from date of hire.
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