- Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures, maintain patient records, and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.
Essential Job Functions:
This facility expects their employees to promote an atmosphere of teamwork with other employees and hospitality and comfort for its residents. Therefore, the following list of duties is not all-inclusive:
- Direct the day-to-day functions of the therapy department in accordance with rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern the long-term care industry.
- Confirm that all nursing personnel assigned to you comply with the written policies and procedures established by this facility.
- Meet with your assigned nursing staff, as well as support personnel, in planning the shift’s services, programs and activities.
- Make written and oral reports/recommendations concerning the activities of your shift, as required.
- Cooperate with other resident services when coordinating nursing services be certain that the resident’s total regimen of care is maintained.
- Participate in the development, maintenance, and implementation of the facility’s quality assurance program for the nursing department.
- Participate in surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies.
- Periodically review the resident’s written discharge plan. Participate in the updating of the resident’s written discharge plan, as required.
- Complete accident/incident reports, as necessary.
Charting, Documentation, Medication, and Therapy Functions:
- Complete and file required forms/charts upon resident’s admission, transfer, and/or discharge.
- Receive telephone orders from physicians and record on the Physicians’ Order Form.
- Transcribe physician’s orders to resident charts, cardex, medication cards, and treatment/care plans, as required.
- Set up and operate devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
- Determine requirements for treatment, such as type, method and duration of therapy, precautions to be taken, and medication and dosages, compatible with physicians’ orders.
- Monitor patient’s responses to therapy such as vital signs, blood gases and blood chemistry changes, and consult and relay information to physician.
- Maintain charts that contain patients’ pertinent therapy information.
- Prepare and administer medication as ordered by the physician.
- Verify the identity of the resident before administering the medication/treatment.
- Verify that prescribed medication for one resident is not administered to another.
- Immediately notify the Director of Nursing any medication administration discrepancies.
- Deliver and maintain optimum resident care and comfort by demonstrating knowledge and skills of current practices.
- Promptly respond to call lights and other resident needs.
- Make rounds with physicians, as necessary.
- Consult with the resident’s physician in providing the resident’s care, treatment, rehabilitation, etc., as necessary.
- Monitor seriously ill residents, as necessary.
- Review care plans daily to confirm that appropriate care is being rendered.
- Confirm that CNAs are aware of the resident care plans. Verify that the CNAs refer to the resident’s care plan prior to administering daily care to the resident.
- Explain treatment procedures to patients.
- Educate patients and their families about their conditions and teach appropriate disease management techniques, such as breathing exercises and the use of medications and respiratory equipment.
- Attend in-service education programs in order to meet facility educational requirements.
- Be familiar with Standard Precautions, Exposure Control Plan, Fire Drill and Evacuation Procedures and know how to use the information.
- Maintain confidentiality of resident and facility records/information.
- Protect residents from neglect, mistreatment, and abuse.
- Protect the personal property of the residents of the facility.
- Others as directed by the supervisor or administrator.
- Registered Respiratory Therapist with current state license.
- Excellent technical, assessment and documentation skills.
- Good Leadership qualities.
- Organized and detailed in work performance.
- Good communication skills with excellent self-discipline and patience.
- Genuine caring for and interest in elderly and disabled people in a nursing facility.
- Comply with the Residents Rights and Facility Policies and Procedures.
- Perform work tasks within the physical demand requirements as outlined below.
- Perform Essential Duties as outlined above.
- Subject to frustrations in meeting work demands due to frequent interruptions.
- Fast paced, required to make decisions quickly
- Involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
- May work beyond normal duty hours, on weekends, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.
- Subject to call-back during emergency conditions (e.g., severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.).
- Subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
- May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals
Physical and Sensory Requirements:
- Assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations
- Meet general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility, which may include a medical and physical examination.
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