Respiratory Therapist
at The Goodman Group

Date Posted: 1/31/2020

Job Description

Purpose of Your Job Position

The primary purpose of your job position is to provide each of your assigned residents with routine daily nursing care and services accordance with the resident's assessment and care plan, and as may be directed by your supervisors.

Delegation of Authority

As a Staff Respiratory Therapist, you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility, and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.

Job Functions

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.

Miscellaneous Information

1. Risk Exposure Potential to Blood and/or Body Fluids (1, 2, or 3)

2. Essential Function (T = NOT REQUIRED)

3. Function Requires Repetitive Motion (T = YES)

4. Min. Weight Lifting Requirements Apply to Task (T = YES)

5. Function Requires Prolonged Sitting, Standing, Bending, etc. (T = YES)

6. Competency Evaluation

1. Poor-Needs Training

2. Fair - Needs Training

3. Meets Standards Some of the Time

4. Meets Standards Most of the Time

5. Exceeds Standards

Duties and Responsibilities

Administrative Functions

1

2

Safety

Factors

3 4 5

Comp.

Eval

(1-5)

6

Use the wristband to Identify residents before serving meals, etc., as necessary.

2

3

Record all entries on flow sheets, notes, charts, etc., in an informative and descriptive manner.

3

3

Use only authorized abbreviations established by this facility when recording information.

3

3

Report all changes in the resident's condition to the Charge Nurse as soon as practical.

3

3

Report all accidents and incidents you observe on the shift that they occur.

2

3

Total

Job Description Staff Respiratory Therapist

Duties and Responsibilities (Continued)

1

2

3

4

5

6

Care and Treatment Functions

Assist residents with dressing/undressing as necessary.

2

3

3

Assist residents with hair care functions (i.e., combing, brushing, shampooing, etc.

2

3

Keep residents dry (i.e., change gown, clothing, linen, etc., when they becomes wet or soiled).

1

3

Change bed linens. Keep linens tight to avoid wrinkles from forming under the resident.

2

3

Make beds (occupied and unoccupied).

2

3

Put extra covers on beds as requested.

2

3

Position residents in correct and comfortable position.

2

3

Maintain intake and output records as instructed.

3

Check and report bowel movements and character of stools as instructed.

1

Keep incontinent residents clean and dry.

1

3

Assist residents in preparing for medical tests (i.e., lab work, xray, therapy, dental, etc.).

2

3

Assist residents in preparing for activity and social programs (i.e., church services, parties, visitors, etc.).

2

3

Assist in transporting residents to/from appointments, activity and social programs, etc., as necessary.

2

3

3

Assist with lifting, turning, moving, positioning, and transporting residents into and out of beds, chairs, bathtubs, wheelchairs, lifts, etc.

2

3

Assist residents to walk with or without selfhelp devices as instructed.

2

Perform restorative and rehabilitative procedures as instructed.

2

Provide eye and ear care (cleaning eyeglasses/hearing aides, etc.) as instructed.

1

3

Assist in preparing the resident for a physical examination.

2

3

3

Weigh and measure residents as instructed.

2

3

3

Measure and record temperatures, pulse, and respirations (TPR's), as instructed.

1

3

Answer resident calls promptly.

3

Ensure that residents who are unable to call for help are checked frequently.

3

Check each resident routinely to ensure that his/her personal care needs are being met in accordance with his/her wishes.

2

Assist with the care of the dying resident.

2

3

Provide postmortem care as instructed.

2

3

Total Points

Job Description Staff Respiratory Therapist

Duties and Responsibilities (Continued)

1

2

3

4

5

6

Staff Development

Attend and participate in scheduled training and educational classes to maintain current Respiratory Therapist License.

3

Attend and participate in scheduled orientation programs and activities.

3

Attend and participate in annual OSHA and CDC inservice training programs for hazard communication, TB management, and blood borne pathogens standard.

3

Attend and participate in advance directive inservice training programs as scheduled.

3

Total Points

Safety and Sanitation

Participate in appropriate inservice training programs prior to performing tasks that involve potential exposure to blood/body fluids.

3

Wash hands before and after performing any service for the resident.

3

3

Keep the call system within easy reach of the resident.

3

Immediately notify the Charge Nurse of any resident leaving/missing from the facility.

3

Follow established safety precautions in the performance of all duties.

3

Keep residents' personal possessions off the floor and properly stored.

3

Keep floors dry. Report spills immediately.

2

Keep excess supplies and equipment off the floor. Store in designated areas.

3

3

3

Clean, disinfect, and return all resident care equipment to its designated storage area after each use.

2

3

3

Perform routine housekeeping duties (i.e., clean bed rails, over bed table, night stand, etc., that relate to nursing care procedures).

2

3

Before leaving work area for breaks or the end of the work day, store all tools, equipment, and supplies.

3

Report all hazardous conditions and equipment to the Charge Nurse immediately.

3

Report all safety violations.

3

Follow established smoking regulations. Report all violations to Charge Nurse.

3

Follow established isolation precautions and procedures.

3

Wash hands before entering and after leaving an isolation room/area.

3

3

Follow established procedures in the use and disposal of personal protective equipment.

2

Wear and/or use safety equipment and supplies (i.e. back brace, mechanical lifts, etc.) when lifting or moving residents.

2

Total Points

Job Descriptions C Staff Respiratory Therapist

Duties and Responsibilities (Continued)

1

2

3

4

5

6

Resident Rights

Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.

3

Ensure that all residents are treated fairly, and with kindness, dignity, and respect.

2

Report all grievances and complaints made by the resident to the Charge Nurse.

3

Report all allegations of resident abuse and/or misappropriation of resident property.

2

Honor the resident's refusal of treatment request. Report such requests to your supervisor.

3

Ensure that all care is provided in privacy.

2

Knock before entering the resident's room.

3

Total Points

Equipment and Supply Functions

Use only the equipment you have been trained to use.

3

Operate all equipment in a safe manner.

3

3

Use only the equipment and supplies necessary to do the job. Do not be wasteful.

3

Report defective equipment to the Charge Nurse.

3

Inform the Charge Nurse of your equipment and supply needs.

3

Total Points

Care Plan Functions

Review care plans to determine if changes in the resident's routine have been made on the care plan.

3

Inform the Charge Nurse of any changes in the resident's condition so that appropriate information can be entered on the resident's care plan.

3

Ensure that your notes reflect that the care plan is being followed.

3

Total Points

Miscellaneous

Provide data to the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement and Assessment Committee as requested.

3

3

Respond to all emergency situations as outlined in the policy and procedure manuals. Assist with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation/medical emergencies as needed. Follow fire alarm/evacuation protocol when necessary.

1

3

3

Recognize and report any adverse or unusual reactions to therapy, contraindications to treatment, or any inappropriate use of modalities according to policy and procedure and departmental clinical practice guidelines.

3

3

3

Perform physical management of ventilation assisted residents during ADL's, school programs, activities, and transportation as needed. Initiate, monitor, and makes clinically necessary changes based on physician orders, policy and procedure, and established care plans for management of impaired pulmonary function, mechanical ventilation, and neurological compromise.

1

3

3

Job Descriptions C Staff Respiratory Therapist

Duties and Responsibilities (Continued)

1

2

3

4

5

6

Miscellaneous (Continued)

Perform airway management procedures as indicated based on established guidelines. Initiate and perform appropriate intervention(s) when indicated according to policy and procedure, and established care plans for suctioning, tracheotomy care, and tracheotomy tube change.

1

3

3

Administer therapeutic aerosols, MDI's, chest percussion, and postural drainage based on physician orders and /or established procedure and established care plans observing policy and procedure protocols.

1

3

3

Administer and monitor oxygen therapy as ordered according to policy and procedure and established care plans.

1

3

3

Install and maintain monitoring equipment as ordered according to policy and procedure. Monitor and insure (connecting) site integrity per established care plan.

2

3

3

Document all intervention (s) according to policy and procedure.

3

3

3

Maintain neat and clean resident care and work environments observing policy and procedure. Perform equipment cleaning, disinfection, and maintenance as needed. Organize and stock supplies when necessary.

1

3

3

Adheres to facility dress code policy.

Adheres to facility attendance policy.

# of absences

Provides consistent customer service to residents, visitors, staff, etc.

Total Points

Average Score

Job Descriptions C Staff Respiratory Therapist

Working Conditions

Works throughout the nursing service area (i.e. nurses' stations, resident rooms, etc.).

Moves intermittently during working hours.

Is subject to frequent interruptions.

Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.

Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, and visitors.

Communicates with nursing personnel and other department personnel.

Works beyond normal working hours, on weekends and holidays, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.

Is subject to callback during emergency conditions (e.g., severe weather, evacuation, postdisaster, etc.).

Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.

Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the work day, as well as to reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminants.

Is 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.

Education

Licensed Respiratory Therapy Practitioner.

Experience

None. On the job training.

Specific Requirements

Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.

Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.

Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.

Must possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel.

Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.

Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices.

Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition.

Must not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other individuals in the workplace.

Must adhere to facility time and attendance policies.

Employee has qualifications that are commensurate with job responsibilities to meet infant, pediatric, adult and geriatric resident's medical nursing care, nutritional, rehabilitation, environmental, social service, recreational, oral health and other functional needs.

Must adhere to facility dress code.

Physical and Sensory Requirements

(With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)

Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.

Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.

Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.

Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to ensure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.

Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies.

Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility which include a medical and physical examination.

Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile people within the facility.

Must be able to push, pull, move, and/or lift a minimum of 75 lbs pounds to a minimum height of 3-1/2 to 4 feet and be able to push, pull, move, and/or carry such weight a minimum distance of 50 feet.

May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.

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