Performs all aspects of direct respiratory care according to physician's orders and/or approved
protocols. Consults physicians on effectiveness of therapy and makes appropriate
recommendations. Provides appropriate ventilator support and maintains and monitors other
cardiopulmonary life support equipment. Maintains and properly utilizes respiratory care
• Demonstrates knowledge in various modes and methods of oxygen delivery and the
equipment needed for each and can conduct prescribed therapeutic procedures to
achieve adequate oxygenation.
• Administers therapeutic procedures, understanding the purpose and benefits, and
possible effects associated with each.
• Performs diagnostic procedures as outlined in policy.
• Initiates, monitors and maintains mechanical ventilators and non-invasive ventilators and
is aware of the critical care duties and effects of such therapy.
• Independently evaluates current therapies using appropriate judgment and protocols,
making proper recommendations concerning plans of care and patient education needs.
• Documents therapy and results as required by hospital, department and regulatory
agencies. Communicates information to appropriate members of the healthcare team.
• Initiates, conducts and modifies respiratory care techniques in an emergency setting.
• Performs and evaluates blood sampling analysis with a thorough understanding of the
values, and the importance and treatment of abnormal results.
• Works independently in all patient care areas and assists co-workers with patient care
• Follows departmental safety guidelines. Completes all regulatory requirements.
• Completes annual proficiency evaluation of respiratory care equipment and procedures.
• Is proficient in the electronic medical records and its interface with the Respiratory Care
Requires repetitive physical activity. Able to walk and stand to perform duties. Ability to lift
materials 20-50 pounds. Ability to move patients of all age groups. Adequate hearing and
eyesight is necessary. Exposures to working environment that may include odors, low lighting,
and crowded working conditions. Machines, Tools, and Equipment
Ventilators. BiPAP/CPAP equipment, Oxygen/Aerosol equipment and delivery systems.
Flowmeters. Mist tents. Nebulizers and humidifiers. Chest percussors/mucous clearance
device/ABI Vest. Resuscitation equipment. Monitors. Blood Gas Analyzers. Other medical
supplies and equipment. Needle and syringes. Computer terminal. Calculator.
Education, Experience and Certifications
Graduate of an AMA-approved school of Respiratory Care. Associate's RRT or RRT Equivalent
required, Bachelor's degree preferred. Credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist by
the National Board for Respiratory Care. Licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in the
state of North Carolina. Basic Life Support for healthcare providers thru the American Heart