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Respiratory Care Practitioner

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Job Type: Respiratory Therapist Job Number: KAM260187

Job Description

Full-time Respiratory Care Practitioner needed at a top hospital right outside of Chicago!
(Reference Code: KAM)

Respiratory Care Practitioner, FT nights (36 hrs./week or 72 hrs./pay period) includes every other weekend.
IL State Licensure required.  RRT certification required.

Job Description:
Reporting to the Manager of Respiratory Care, performs, teaches, and guides all forms of respiratory therapy, chest physical therapy, and cardiopulmonary diagnostics.

* Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and treat all age groups of patients from neonatal to geriatric; implements assessment/treatment based on the developmental stages of the patient. Involves family/guardian in plan of care and conducts patient family education, as appropriate, considering the developmental needs of the patient.
* Administers all forms of respiratory therapy including medical gases, medication delivery via the airways, chest physical therapy, pressure breathing treatments, breathing retraining, aerosol and humidity therapy. Understands the equipment, indications, contraindications, hazards, and adverse reactions of each mode of therapy.
* Provides intensive respiratory care utilizing advanced techniques and specialized equipment; establishes and maintains an airway during CPR; performs external cardiac massage if necessary.
* Performs arterial punctures to obtain blood gas samples, blood gas analysis, and related calculations; performs blood gas lab quality control.
* Performs pulmonary function testing including spirometry, lung volume, and DLCO; performs related calculations, and quality control.
* Explains purpose and procedure of treatments, tests, and equipment to patient, family, and hospital personnel; develops and delivers home care instructions to patients.
* Participates in continuing education at all levels within the department.
* Performs patient assessment and evaluation of care; confers with nurses and physicians to optimize the care of the patient.
* Initiates and maintains the appropriate records in the patient chart and on respiratory care records.
* Provides guidance to Respiratory Therapy Techs as necessary.
* Cleans, repairs, and maintains respiratory therapy equipment; maintains appearance of the department.
* Performs selected duties of the Director in his/her absence, eg. distributes staff assignments, grants overtime as necessary, accepts sick and absentee calls from staff, authorizes equipment rental, and activates disaster plan in case of emergency.
* Adheres to all hospital standards, policies and procedures.

Respiratory Care Practitioners assigned to Emergency Department perform the following duties in addition to the duties listed above:
-  Performs various tests and procedures as assigned; draws venous Blood Samples on both adult and pediatric patients; performs EKG's and maintains equipment; initiates IV fluids on adult and pediatric patients; performs breath alcohol testing; collects drug screen urines per protocol.
-  Supervises the administration of respiratory therapy treatments by nursing staff; acts as a consultant to nurses and physicians in matters involving management of patient airway; teaches proper procedure for performing and documenting nebulizer treatments.
-  Supports the nursing team members by acting as an assistant with critical patients such as trauma patients, acute MI's, acute airway problems (i.e., vital signs T, BP, P, R), reassessments, etc.
-  Assists nursing staff in facilitating patient flow by working as a team member. Maintains peer relationships that demonstrate support, collaboration, and goal directed interaction.

Needed Qualifications:
1.  Graduate of an AMA approved school for respiratory therapy granting eligibility to take exams given by the National Board for Respiratory Care or Registered or Certified by the N.B.R.C.
2. Current Illinois Respiratory Care Practitioner licensure required.
3. Current CPR certification.
4. Advanced knowledge of acid-base balance, blood gas analysis and interpretation, and cardiopulmonary physiology.
5. The ability to remain calm in emergency and high pressure situations.
6. The interpersonal skills necessary to interact with patients, families, physicians, and hospital staff.
7. The written and verbal skills necessary to instruct patients, families, and hospital staff on respiratory care procedures and to do appropriate documentation.
8. Respiratory Care Practitioners assigned to the Emergency Department must demonstrate the ability to perform the associated competencies.

Offering competitive compensation and complete benefits!
For more information, please submit your resume for review.

Additional Information

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Meet Your Recruiter

Katherine Anderson
Client Relationship Manager, Senior Healthcare Recruiter

Katherine started with K.A. Recruiting as an intern, and has been a full time employee since graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in 2016.  She has placed all different kinds of healthcare professionals from Nurse Practitioners & Laboratory Techs to Regional Sales Reps & Quality Managers.  Katherine is passionate about what she does and loves forming relationships with both candidates and clients in order to find the right match.  When she is not working, Katherine enjoys spending time with family & friends, cooking, and traveling to new places.


Candidate testimonial:
"I wasn’t even really looking for a new position! I was in the process of updating my resume because there had been some changes at the place I was working with staff incentives and investment plans for colleagues and it was possibly time to update and refresh my portfolio. It was at that exact time that I got a happy little email from Katherine Marano about some potential positions. One absolutely struck a chord with my heart. It was for a position that I had been working in that particular field for over 10 years in. It was an opportunity to learn higher complexity, research type testing in a patient setting and also a relocation to a whole brand new locale! I reached out to her and the whole process started to unfold. She was there the whole way for me in the negotiation process. She even was able to set up a visitation to the area and the job to shadow the environment I would be relocating to. Katherine and the whole HR team that worked on my onboarding were phenomenal. I couldn’t thank her more for the chance to start a brand new adventure in my life!"   - Jennifer Q.

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