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Respiratory Therapist - Respiratory Therapy
Position Description
The Respiratory Therapist is responsible for providing cardiopulmonary care services in accordance with specific physician orders, department policies and procedures. The Respiratory Therapist administers respiratory care and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system, performs diagnostic tests of the cardiovascular and pulmonary system to aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and lung disorders.

Desired Education, Certifications and/or Experience
• Current Wyoming CRTT or RRT license
• BLS Must possess the ability to function in a team environment.
• Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, patients, family members, visitors, and physicians.
• Must have patience, tact, and a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as willingness to handle difficult situations.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Embraces change and able to handle multiple demands at one time.

Responsibilities / Functional Job Description
General: Performance Expectations
1. Responsible - works independently, in a safe and appropriate manner. Demonstrates both problem-solving and problem-prevention skills.
2. Sensitive - displays sensitivity to the needs of patients and co-workers. Demonstrates good communications skills and empathy.
3. Timely - recognizes time as a customer's most valuable resource and responds promptly to patients' and co-workers' needs.
4. Accurate - works carefully and precisely, with attention to detail.
5. Coordinated - organizes and delivers service in the proper order. Displays good organization skills and utilizes resources wisely.
6. Thorough - meets all the requirements of his/her position. Is able to evaluate and follow up on his/her services.

General: Teamwork and Service Expectations
1. Display and encourage sensitivity to needs of patients, visitors, and co-workers.
2. Treat others with consideration, courtesy and respect.
3. Perform duties willingly and with initiative; shares necessary information so co-workers can do the same.
4. Remain composed and takes actions to restore calm in stressful situations.
5. Demonstrate judgment and tact when dealing with others.
6. Cooperate with other hospital departments and work groups.
7. Communicate effectively with patients, visitors, and co-workers; take action to clarify information received from others.

Role Specific: Work role responsibilities
1. Maintains knowledge of the various methods of oxygen delivery, including the necessary equipment. Remains alert, assesses possible side effects to oxygen delivery.
2. Administers respiratory therapy treatments, and nebulized medications. Understands the purpose of each and the possible side effects associated with each.
3. Sets-up and monitors mechanical ventilators and the associated critical care duties required for such treatment.
4. Performs arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood samples for blood gas analysis, and understands the possible complications and contraindications associated with the procedure.
5. Follows departmental equipment sterilization procedures.
6. Documents all pertinent data on the patient's medical record following completion of any service.
7. Maintains a thorough knowledge of electronic health record, departmental forms, flow charts, Logbooks and their proper usage.
8. Performs all additional duties as assigned by the department director.
9. Performs EKG's, types report interpretations, sends reports to physicians who request them, and files reports in department, according to department procedures.
10. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the differences in technique and treatment modalities as performed on patients of varying ages, including pediatric, adolescent and geriatric patients.
11. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of oxygen concentrations and medication doses as they relate to patients of varying ages, including pediatric, adolescent and geriatric patients.
12. Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently.
13. Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs of a patient and evaluates effectiveness of learning. Patient's family is included in teaching as appropriate.
14. Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Coordinates and directs patient care to ensure patient's needs are met and that hospital policy is followed. Ability to assess patient, his/her need, and ability to tolerate treatment and reassessment for response to treatment.
15. Attends education in-service programs to maintain professional competency. Obtains appropriate hospital-specific education and training.
16. Participates in performance improvement activities and QI/QA teams when discussion pertains to department concerns, workflow and mission.
17. Must take call on rotating schedule or as needed to maintain department staffing.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
1. Knowledge in general clinical services.
2. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
3. Ability to determine appropriate course of action in more complex situations.
4. Ability to work independently, exercise creativity, be attentive to detail, and maintain a positive attitude.
5. Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous responsibilities and to prioritize scheduling of work.
6. Ability to maintain confidentiality of all medical, financial, and legal information.
7. Ability to complete work assignments accurately and in a timely manner.
8. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
9. Ability to handle difficult situations involving patients, physicians, or others in a professional manner.

Equal Employment Opportunity
South Lincoln Medical Center will provide equal opportunity employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person shall be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or intellectual disability, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Additional Information
Position Type : Full Time
Shift : Other
Ref Code: 017
Contact Information
Nick England - HR Manager
South Lincoln Medical Center
711 Onyx Street
Kemmerer, WY 83101
Email: nengland@southlincolnmedical.com
Phone: 307-877-4401 ext. 3198

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On Monday July 17, 2017 the South Lincoln Hospital District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of CEO Kenneth Archer. Mr. Archer had served as CEO of South Lincoln Medical Center since January 2015. The board has requested that the CEO position be posted as soon as possible. During the meeting, the board appointed Kristin Housley, Jessie Wilcox, and Scott Erickson to serve as an interim Administrative Management Team during this time of transition. The Board is confident that the Interim Management Team has the ability and experience necessary to handle the continued operation for all facilities including hospital, EMS, clinic, nursing home, and retail pharmacy. They will continue to work closely with the board to effectively enact the vision and mission the board has set for the organization. The board would like to thank the providers and each employee of South Lincoln Medical Center for their continued efforts compassionately caring for the medical needs of our community.