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Registered Respiratory Therapist 1 – Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center is one of the country’s leading medical centers pushing the boundaries of healthcare services with innovative, compassionate, and accountable team members. Are you ready to challenge and grow your skills, contribute to providing top quality patient care, and enhance your career? Rush is a diverse and inclusive culture, and offers a competitive salary, and a valuable compensation package including health, dental and vision benefits, retirement, health savings accounts, and tuition assistance to invest in your future.

Provides simple, intermediate, and complex therapeutic and diagnostic procedures on the general care floors and special care units. Improves and maintains patient cardiopulmonary status through the application and administration of various medications, gases, devices, and procedures. Specializes in either adult or pediatric/neonatal specialty care and functions independently in either or both areas. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Administers, monitors, and weans mechanical ventilation; makes ventilator recommendations based on clinical and technical assessment, and laboratory values; manages airways
  • Transports patients within RUMC
  • Administers bronchial hygiene and treatment procedures including aerosol therapies, chest physical therapy, and therapeutic gas administration; analyzes gases where applicable; procures and delivers gases using central piping systems and gas cylinders
  • Assesses patients clinically before and after the administration or application of any medication, procedure or device; recommends appropriate therapy including initiation, escalation and discontinuation.
  • Applies CPAP and BiPAP and makes recommendations based on patient compliance, response, and laboratory values
  • Documents work timely, completely, and accurately, including documentation in the patient medical record, documentation in the department records, and patient billing
  • Assesses patient oxygenation, ventilation, and hemodynamic status through clinical observation, patient assessment, physiologic monitoring including oximetry, capnography, ventilator waveform analysis, and cardiac output, ECG, and laboratory values; provides respiratory care interventions within the scope of the Rapid Response Team, performs CPR
  • Performs bedside spirometry including spontaneous breathing parameters, PEFR, and other limited pulmonary function; identifies normal values for patients
  • Provides patient/family education
  • Performs arterial blood gas puncture (Adults) Performs bronchoscopy assist (Adults)
  • Provide clinical precepting of respiratory care students on rotation
  • Demonstrate initiative in optimizing patient care by participating in physician rounds and documenting assessment findings and therapy changes
  • Engagement in the pursuit of excellence; i.e. committee participation, CQI and QA initiatives, abstracts, research, Daily Management System (DMS) projects, or other activities to improve the clinical and work environments
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Transports between RUMC and other hospitals as a member of the neonatal transport team (Neo/Peds)
  • Attends high risk deliveries and provides appropriate respiratory support (Neo/Peds)
  • Demonstrate professionalism by belonging to the AARC/ISRC and/or pursuing education to advance one¡¦s skills

Position Qualifications Include:

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • Illinois Respiratory Care Practitioner license
  • All RTs must pass departmental competencies
  • BLS Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification prior to start date
  • ACLS (Adult) prior to start date PALS (Neo/Peds) prior to start date
  • NRP prior to start date (Neo/Peds)

Company Highlights:

  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.
  • Rush offers a competitive salary, and valuable healthy living benefits including: health, dental and vision to help you maintain and improve your health. Rush also offers several ways to invest in your future.
  • Rush University Medical Center was ranked among the top 20 best hospitals to work at in 2019 by Indeed.
  • All three hospitals in the Rush University System for Health have been designated a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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