Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy students. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment. Respiratory Therapists assigned to the pulmonary functions lab, responsible for performing diagnostic cardiopulmonary evaluations and respiratory therapy treatments designed to care for patients with deficiencies and dysfunctions of the cardiopulmonary system. The Pulmonary function technologists primarily perform diagnostic tests. These tests can include spirometry, diffusion testing, lung volumes, airway resistance, respiratory muscle forces, bronchial provocation testing, assisting with bronchoscopy, CPX testing and other tests that a doctor orders. They must also be able to calibrate, clean and maintain diagnostic equipment and recognize when equipment malfunctions.Job RequirementsMinimum Education
Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Care required.
Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Care preferred.
Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to work in a stressful environment and take appropriate action.
Basic Life Support (BLS) required
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) (within 3 months of date of hire or transfer)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) (within 3 months of date of hire or transfer)
NRP (within 3 months of date of hire or transfer)
Requires current North Carolina Respiratory Care Practitioner license (RCP)
Minimum Work Experience
1-3 years experience as a RRT preferred.
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