The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is seeking to fill 1 full-time GS 11 Registered Respiratory Therapist position in Wichita Kansas. Salary range: GS 11: $64,649.00 - $84,049.00/annum Work Schedule: Primarily M-F 8-1630; possible hospital coverage, which would include varied shifts Bargaining Unit: Covered Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt This vacancy announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens and Veteran's preference applies. Duties of the Registered Respiratory Therapist include but are not limited to: Independently performs all aspects of respiratory care treatments. These include but are not limited to aerosol therapies, metered-dose inhaler, chest drainage and percussion and any other related treatments as may be indicated and/or ordered by a physician and performed by respiratory care personnel Cleans, sterilizes and assembles all respiratory care equipment as may be required per manufacturer or departmental policy. Performs routine adjustments as needed. Effectively assists in the development of pertinent unit procedure/standards for implementation. Ensures that aseptic technique and standard precautions, as defined by CDC and Center policy, are maintained at all times. Contributes effectively to policy decisions related to the delivery of care. Effectively utilizes continuous quality improvement tools and identifies performance improvement opportunities to positively influence patient outcomes. As a member of the Code Blue team (resuscitation team), the respiratory therapist takes an active role in resuscitations and is responsible for airway management (endotracheal intubation), ventilation, blood gas obtainment and analysis, and overall resuscitation, airway establishment (endotracheal intubation), arterial blood gas analysis, oxygen, and other care as may be required and as per departmental policy in an emergency situation immediately and without prior physician notification. Performs critical care patient management techniques such as mechanical ventilation, arterial blood gas analysis, intubation, airway management, homodynamic calculation and any other such patient related functions as deemed within the scope of practice of respiratory care practitioners and institutional policy. Obtain arterial mixed venous blood samples as indicated and obtains the results via blood gas analysis. The results are communicated with the respective physician after analysis is complete. Selects and adapts respiratory care procedures as may be required based on patient status. Actively consults with the physician and any other health care provider as deemed necessary to provide optimal care. Provides instructions to the patient and his/her family regarding theory, operation, cleaning and actual use of cardiopulmonary treatment modalities as may be required. Provides education and instructions for physicians, students and other health care disciplines as may be requested. Maintains operating supplies in proper storage and communicated with designated party as to supply-status. Performs bronchial hygiene, such as suctioning and sputum sampling and induction as deemed necessary by personal observation and/or upon request by the physician. The incumbent will assess, identify, and provide care that recognizes the differing developmental and treatment needs of patients of different ages. The incumbent will specifically recognize the differing needs of the adult and geriatric patient populations served. Position Description/PD#: Functional Statement/00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598973200
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