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Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Req #:  112518
Facility:  Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Department:  Respiratory
City:  Chicago/Lakeview
Posting Budget Status:  Day/Night
Shift Type:  Registry
Posting FTE:  0

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, located on Chicago’s North Side, is one of the state’s largest, most comprehensive nonprofit medical centers. Illinois Masonic Medical Center offers a wide range of medical specialties and is nationally recognized for its medical expertise, use of the most innovative technologies and dedication to patient safety, quality and service.  A commitment to community, medical education and ongoing clinical research affirms our mission of providing patients the highest quality care in Chicagoland, as illustrated by our many honors, including being named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health Analytics.

Position Requirements:
Graduate of an AMA accredited Respiratory Care Program.
Attainment of NBRC entry level credential as Registered, and possesses an Illinois state license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.
Basic Life Support.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support within one year of hire.
Neonatal Resuscitation Program within one year of hire.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support within 18 months of hire.
Strong interpersonal, clinical, problem~solving, and communication skills.
Must be able to work as a member of an inter~ interdisciplinary patient care team as well as promote a positive team spirit and professional image of the respiratory care department.
Possess an advanced knowledge base and demonstrates competence in all Respiratory Care modalities for adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients.
Possess excellent knowledge base of pathologic states, disease management and methods for patient assessment.
Demonstrates strong patient and family teaching and care plan development abilities.
Licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations as a Respiratory Care Practitioner, RCP. Ability to maneuver heavy equipment or lift heavy objects (ie. patient, compressed gas cylinders).
May be exposed to hazardous materials/disease states.
May be exposed to strong odors and bodily fluids/waste.
Duties require much verbal activity and the ability to speak in front of a group.
Emergency patient activities may be stressful.


If position has direct patient care or direct patient contact the following lifting requirement supersedes any previous lifting requirement effective 06/01/2015. Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case~by~case basis.

Purpose:
Under the supervision of the Manager, Respiratory and Pulmonary Services, the Respiratory Care Team Lead, in conjunction with the Medical Director, the Registered Respiratory Therapist provides respiratory care modalities to inpatients and outpatients of all age groups, including neonate, pediatric, adult, and geriatric. All modalities are provided in accordance with written policies and procedures, and include oxygen therapy, respiratory treatments, ventilator support, blood gas analysis, EKG's, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. These modalities may be delivered in all areas of the hospital. The Registered Respiratory Therapist functions as an integral part of the healthcare team and is vital to providing quality, safe patient care utilizing clinical and critical thinking skills.

Accountabilities:
Assess indications for and delivers the highest quality of patient care and monitors for optimal outcomes by utilizing best practices from evidenced based medicine and AARC and AAP clinical practice guidelines for prescribing and assessing patient responses to delivered therapies. Re~evaluates patients on an ongoing basis to ensure that appropriate modalities and plan of care are adjusted or maintained as patient condition changes. Recommends changes to Respiratory Care to other members of the healthcare team.
People Growth ~ Promotes people growth throughout the hospital by assisting with the clinical education of students during clinical rotations.
Role Model ~ Acts as a role model for department associates.
Champions Change Initiatives ~ Views innovation as a means of improving the utilization of respiratory care services.
Process Improvement ~ Insures that quality is maintained in the delivery of respiratory care services.
Department Leadership ~ Provision of Charge/Lead Therapist Duties:
Customer Service ~ Provides customer service by as

About Advocate Health Care

 

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.


Nearest Major Market: Chicago