Respiratory Care Practitioner (Nights)

Stanford Health Care - Palo Alto, CA4.1

30+ days agoFull-time
Perform diagnostic and therapeutic clinical procedures as defined in the Respiratory Care Services scope of clinical practice. Work performed in accordance with physician orders or protocols. Defined duties are performed in adult patient populations. This is an entry level position.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification, and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
  • Employees must abide by all Joint Commission requirements including, but not limited to, sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patients' rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.
  • Employees must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the C-I-CARE Standards of the Hospital. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford's patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions.
CONNECT with people by calling them their proper name, or the name they prefer (Mr., Mrs., Dr.)
INTRODUCE yourself and your role.
COMMUNICATE what you are going to do, how long it will take, and how it will impact the patient.
ASK permission before entering a room, examining a patient, or undertaking an activity.
RESPOND to patient's questions or requests promptly; anticipate patient needs.
EXIT courteously with an explanation of what will come next.

1) Administration of aerosolized medications via hand held nebulizers (HHN), metered dose inhalers (MDI), dry powder inhalers (DPI), large volume continuous nebulizers, and intrapulmonary percussive ventilation (IPV);
2) Administration of medical gases via nasal cannulas, oxygen masks, high flow nasal cannulas, and large volume nebulizers;
3) Performing routine tracheostomy care and weaning;
4) Assembling and assuring safety and proper functioning of all equipment /supplies necessary for providing respiratory care;
5) Documentation of results, findings, and assessments in the patient's electronic medical record;
6) Performing airway clearance using chest physiotherapy (CPT), vibratory positive expiratory pressure devices, cough assist device, or nasotracheal suctioning;
7) Assessing pulmonary mechanics using portable spirometry devices;
8) Responding to cardiopulmonary arrests and rapid response calls;
9) Responds to calls and provides therapy to patients requiring emergency care for non-traumatic conditions;
10) Educating patients, families, physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team about routine respiratory procedures, medications, modalities, and disease processes;
11) Providing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or biphasic positive airway pressure (BiPAP) for patients who use such devices at home;
12) Performing arterial blood gas sampling and analysis;
13) Oversees and trains staff and community college students working on general medical floors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Ability to adjust communications to fit the needs and level of understanding of the receiver;
  • Ability to think critically, conduct analysis, formulate conclusions, and reflect on practice;
  • Ability to process equipment and utilize personal protective equipment to reduce risk of infection;
  • Understanding of commonly used medical terminology;
  • Knowledge of new technologies, changes in practice, or updates relating to respiratory care;
  • Knowledge of the principles of health, hospital, and clinic organization and administration;
  • Knowledge of the indications, contraindications, and hazards of respiratory therapies, anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology related to the cardiopulmonary system;
  • Ability to provide superior customer service along with quality respiratory care to positively impact patient experience and outcomes.
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

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Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

  • Completion of a 2-year American Medical Association (AMA) approved respiratory care program.
  • No previous respiratory care experience required if minimum certification and educational requirements are met.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) currently employeed with SHC with valid California Respiratory Care Practitioner's License (RCP), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).