This position is located in the Pulmonary/Critical Care section of the Medicine Service at the McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA. The incumbent will be expected to provide basic and advanced Respiratory services to adult and geriatric patients at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System. Services are rendered in collaboration with the ordering provider, either by specific orders, policy or established protocol. These functions and responsibilities are supported by education and administrative oversight. Periodically specific functions may change. The primary services include, but are not limited to: Incumbent will have a great deal of independence in the performance of their duties. Incumbent will collect, review and evaluate relevant clinical data from the medical records, care team, patient and patient's family to ensure appropriate care when indicated. Incumbent will be capable of performing both basic and complex therapeutic procedures for adults and geriatric patients. Example; monitoring patients receiving mechanical ventilation, assisting with bronchoscopy, using techniques that include interpretation of clinical data, describing and interpreting arterial blood gas values and acid base balance. Incumbent will apply clinical expertise in such a manner as to upgrade patient care where indicated and assist the provider in formulating an appropriate respiratory care plan based upon patient assessment, history, lung auscultation, chest x-ray, pulse oximetry, etc. Incumbent will communicate changes in the respiratory care plan and/or patient status to other health care team members as appropriate. Additionally, the incumbent will make recommendations to providers regarding changes in treatment based upon patient observation and diagnostic test values. Incumbent will provide effective and relevant education to the patient, family, students, and facility staff when appropriate. Incumbent will perform both fundamental and advanced diagnostic procedures. Incumbent will perform both emergency and acute Respiratory Care procedures in accordance with departmental guidelines and industry standards. Incumbent will actively participate in departmental quality assurance and hospital organizational performance improvement. The Therapist will comply with all medical center policies and procedures regarding safety practices. The Therapist will demonstrate working knowledge of the appropriate safety protocols. Incumbent will maintain clinical and professional competency based upon established standards of practice. Incumbent assembles, checks, and corrects malfunctions and performs quality controls on respiratory care equipment. Incumbent will participate in in-service education pertaining to respiratory therapy, maintaining a close relationship with other disciplines and students who may rotate through the health care facility. Work Schedule: Full Time, 40 hours per week. Scheduling will be discussed during the interview process. Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Registered Respiratory Therapist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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