Tower Health

  • 1/4 WEPP Respiratory Therapist

    Job Locations US-PA-Phoenixville
    Requisition ID
    2018-16832
    Hospital
    Phoenixville Hospital
    Shift
    Weekends only
    Department
    Respiratory Therapy
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Allied Health
    # of Openings
    1
  • Overview

    Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people. Together, our six hospitals and other entities provide a full range of medical care from prevention, screenings & education; to the latest clinical services and surgeries available; to rehabilitation. We also offer wellness programs & public health services that ensure our communities are the healthiest they can be. Our caring, highly trained physicians and staff are committed to patient safety and patient satisfaction.

     

    With more than 11,000 team members, Tower Health includes Reading Hospital, a teaching hospital based in West Reading; Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital, a teaching hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; and Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown. We also operate Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing & Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, & we have a comprehensive physician network.

     

    Collaboration across Tower Health enables our hospitals, providers, leadership & staff to leverage best practices across the health system. Our hospitals have received national recognition for advanced care in areas such as neurosurgery and stroke, cardiac & vascular surgery, trauma, hematology & oncology. Reading HealthPlex, which opened at Reading Hospital in October 2016, combines state-of-the-art technology and world-class design to make the HealthPlex one of the most sophisticated surgical centers & inpatient facilities in the region.

     

    At Tower Health, we have a rich history of providing high-quality, cost-effective care in the communities we serve. As the healthcare industry continues to change, one thing remains steadfast: Tower Health’s commitment to Advancing Health, Transforming Lives

    Responsibilities

    The Registered Respiratory Therapist is responsible for providing respiratory care necessary to meet the needs of the patient.  Patient population will include newborns through and including geriatric patients.

    Hours: 1/4 Weekends (12 hour shifts)

    • Performs complete and accurate documentation of all respiratory modalities in the patient record, including pulmonary and cardiovascular functions, changes in therapies provided, patient responses to therapies, and adjustments made to ventilator settings
    • Recognizes and communicates patients' needs, responsiveness to therapies, and unusual circumstances or changes that arise with patient care team in a timely manner.  Makes recommendations as appropriate
    • Performs patient teaching of all respiratory modalities
    • Auscultates breath sounds and documents rales, rhonchi, and wheezing as it relates to the disease process and response to therapy
    • Recognizes signs of hypoxia and compromised lung function to include skin color, nail beds, oxygen saturation, blood gas results and work of breathing
    • Recognizes basic cardiac rhythms to include tachycardia, bradycardia, premature ventricular contractions, and asystole
    • Determines absence of pulse in the carotid, brachial, radial, and femoral sites and documents when applicable
    • Communicates patient response to therapy with the patient care team and makes recommendations for care
    • Demonstrates application of all respiratory care equipment to include: ventilators, transcutaneous monitor, suction catheters, resuscitators, respiromenters, MedGraphics PF/Dx PFTmachine, chest percussors, BiPAP and CPAP units, MAC-6 EKG machine, oxygen systems, Oximeters, pressure manometers, arterial puncture kits, regulators and flowmeters, and air compressors
    • Executes all aspects of pulmonary rehab to include individual exercise and education
    • Cleans and prepares equipment using manufacturers recommendation

    Qualifications

    Education:

    • Graduate of an AMA approved school of Respiratory Care and meet all Registry requirements set forth by the NBRC

    Certifications/Licenses:

    • Current Respiratory Therapist license in Pennsylvania
    • Current BLS and NRP certifications required

    Experience/Knowledge and Skills:

    • Team oriented
    • 2 years experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, preferred
    •  Displays professionalism and high integrity
    •  Familiar with respiratory care equipment, including but not limited to Ventilators (all types), Resuscitators (all types), Suction Catheters, Respirometers, Chest Percussors, BiPaP and CPAP units, EKG machine, Oxygen systems, Oximeters (all types), Pressure Manometers, IPPB machines, ABG Kits, Regulators and Flowmeters, Air Compressors, MedGraphics PF/DX PFT Machine, Bedside Spirometers, and infant ventilators

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