CERTIFIED RESPIRATORY THERAPIST

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

Naval Hospital Jacksonville takes pride in meeting all their patient’s health care needs --urgent, preventive and routine.  Their priority is to heal our nation's heroes and their families. 

 

To learn more, please visit:

https://www.med.navy.mil/SITES/NAVALHOSPITALJAX/Pages/default.aspx

 Essential Functions and Job Responsibilities:

 

Contractor personnel shall perform a full range of duties consistent with their labor category, education, training, experience, clinical privileges (as applicable), and assigned position. General duties that apply to all personnel or across certain labor categories are given below.  

 

  • Maintain a level of productivity comparable with that of other individuals performing similar services. 

  • Participate in peer review and performance improvement activities.

  • Practice aseptic techniques as necessary.  Comply with infection control guidelines to include the proper handling, storage, and disposal of infectious wastes, and the use of universal precautions to prevent the spread of infection. 

  • Function with an awareness and application of safety procedures.

  • Perform efficiently in emergency patient situations following established protocols, remaining calm, informing appropriate persons, and documenting events.  Anticipate potential problems/emergencies and make appropriate interventions.  Notify supervisor, director, or other designated person regarding problems that the HCW is unable to manage.

  • Apply an awareness of legal issues in all aspects of patient care and strive to manage situations in a reduced risk manner.

  • Participate in the implementation of the Family Advocacy Program as directed.  Participation shall include, but not be limited to, appropriate medical examination, documentation, and reporting.

  • Exercise awareness and sensitivity to patient/significant others' rights, as identified within the MTF.

  • Maintain an awareness of responsibility and accountability for own professional practice.

  • Participate in continuing education to meet own professional growth.

  • Attend and/or comply with all annual training classes required by the Command, to include but not limited to online annual training provided by the MTF: disaster training, infection control, Sexual Harassment, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire and Safety, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE), and all other required training.

  • Actively participate in the command’s Performance Improvement Program.  Participate in meetings to review and evaluate the care provided to patients, identify opportunities to improve the care delivered, and recommend corrective action when problems exist.

  • Participate in the provision of in-service training to clinic staff members.  Provide training and/or direction as applicable to supporting government employees (e.g., hospital corpsmen, students, etc.).

  • Attend and participate in various meetings as directed.

  • Perform timely, accurate, and concise documentation of patient care.

  • Operate and manipulate automated systems such as CHCS, AHLTA, ADS, Essentris, MHS Genesis and Clinical Information System (CIS), participate in clinical staff Performance Improvement (PI) and Risk Management (RM) functions, as prescribed by the Commander. Maintain DOD email account as directed. The HCW shall be responsive to all email and voicemail communications.

  • Exercise appropriate delegation of tasks and duties in the direction and coordination of health care team members, patient care, and clinic activities.

  • Maintain documentation of all treatment provided in accordance with clinic directives and prepare such records and reports as may be required. All records and reports must be legible. Abbreviations must be only those listed in local instructions.

 

Core Duties:

 HCW shall provide services within the scope of their competencies, the applicable duties provided in the basic contract, and the following:

  • Efficiently administer all types of respiratory care, and efficiently draw blood, in accordance with professional qualifications, and as directed by the Respiratory Therapist (Advanced) or physician.

  • Operate and troubleshoot all types of respiratory equipment to include proper disassembly, cleaning, sterilization, and packaging of all respiratory therapy equipment to ensure safe patient care.

  • Maintain equipment, to include performing examinations to detect worn tubes, loose connections or other indications of disrepair and notify the Government supervisor of need for maintenance. Start equipment and observe gauges measuring pressure, rate of flow and continuity of test equipment. Notify the Government supervisor of malfunctions.

  • Be familiar with the functions and modes of equipment, ensuring equipment is cleaned, reassembled, and returned to storage.

  • Receive, set-up, operate, and maintain various devices and systems such as ventilators, nebulizers, oxygen therapy systems, humidity and aerosol therapy, sterilizers, and aeration chambers.

  • Administer prescribed doses of medical gases and aerosolized drugs intermittently and continuously. Perform airway management and hygiene including chest percussion postural drainage. Obtain arterial blood gas specimens.

  • Perform patient assessments and monitoring and provide patient instructions including breathing exercises. Make therapeutic recommendations. Examine patient records and report and identify changes in the clinical status of patients. Identify contraindications and report adverse responses/reactions.

  • Change nebulizers on nursing wards and reset oxygen flow as prescribed by physician.

  • Stock shelves in department and other departments of the MTF as needed for the provision of respiratory therapy.

  • Customer Service Accountability – Contract employees providing services at NH Jacksonville and supporting facilities shall adhere to the Customer Service standards specified in NAVHOSPJAXINST 6320.7F or updated versions. A copy of the instruction will be made available upon request or at the time to commencement of services.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree: Associates Degree.

  • Education: Graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

  • Certification: Possess certification as Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

  • Experience: A minimum of 1-year full-time experience as a CRT within the last 3 years.

  • Citizenship:

o    U.S. citizenship.

  • Credentialing:

o    Ability to pass background check and drug screen.

o    Current physical and immunizations.

 

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Previous experience working with the military population.

 

Work Location/Hours & Physical Requirements:

  • Physical Requirements: The environment is fast-paced and multifaceted, with conditions and duties that can change quickly throughout a shift.

  • Shifts: Services are required 24/7, Monday through Sunday, including holidays. The HCW shall supplement the approximate three active duty Navy CRTs assigned to the Respiratory Therapy Service.  The supervisor will schedule all CRTs to ensure adequate coverage of all clinic operating hours. The HCW shall normally provide services for 80 hours per two-week period, dependent upon being scheduled for an 8-hour or 12-hour shift.  Weekend and holiday services shall also be required and shall be rotated with other CRTs. It is anticipated that the HCW shall work every other weekend.  Evening, night, weekend, and holiday shifts will be equitably distributed among all CRTs. In no instance will the HCW be required to provide services in excess of 80 hours per two-week period. 

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