Catholic Health Initiatives RESPIRATORY THERAPIST REG in LEXINGTON, Kentucky



Job Summary

PRN Respiratory Therapist Registered for St Joseph East Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky

The Registered Respiratory Therapist is an (RRT) that

possesses working knowledge of respiratory care and has displayed age-specific

competence for all age groups serviced by the facility. The incumbent conducts

himself/herself in a professional manner and is courteous to patients,

physicians, visitors, members of the department and all other healthcare

personnel. The incumbent supports and contributes to departmental productivity

and organizational objectives by functioning as an integrated member of the

respiratory care team and performs services consistent with his/her scope of

licensure. The incumbent supports and exhibits behaviors consistent with the

organization’s mission and values in offering hope and healing to all.

Essential Key Job Responsibilities

  1. Plans and administers non-medicated aerosoland humidity therapy.

  2. Plans and administers oxygen therapy(including implementation of oxygen therapy protocol where appropriate.

  3. Plans and administers aerosolized medicationand specialty gas therapy.

  4. Plans and administers COPD care program.

  5. Performs airway management.

  6. Plans and administers incentive spirometry.

  7. Cleans and reprocesses respiratory therapyequipment and stocks supplies for immediate use.

  8. Plans and administers bronchial hygiene andperforms chest physiotherapy (including implementation of bronchial hygieneprotocol where appropriate).

  9. Performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation andmanual ventilation during resuscitation attempts and aides in rapid responsecalls when appropriate.

  10. Collects, analyzes and reports arterial bloodsamples.

  11. Operates mechanical ventilators (invasive andnon-invasive) and manages ventilator settings and weaning per protocols andprovider orders.

  12. Performs electrocardiography studies.

  13. Performs bedside pulmonary function testing.

  14. Performs overnight pulse oximetry.

  15. When called upon to do so, serves as apreceptor to newly hired employees and/or respiratory therapy students.

  16. When called upon to do so, serves in thecharge respiratory therapist role.

  17. When called upon to do so, assists in researchprojects (as directed by departmental and facility leadership.

  18. Provides patient, family, hospital staff andphysician education as appropriate.

  19. Attend staff or hospital meetings as requiredand participates on committees as directed.

  20. Performs other duties,within the scope of licensure, as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Required Education for Staff Job Levels

At a minimum, the incumbent shall have

received the equivalent of an Associate’s Degree in Cardiopulmonary Services

or Respiratory Care from an accredited respiratory therapy educational


Required Licensure andCertifications


incumbent shall be distinguished as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC); such distinction shall be

kept current (if applicable). Additionally, the incumbent shall hold an

active license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner from the Kentucky Board of

Respiratory Care.


incumbent shall hold a current certificate from the American Heart

Association (AHA) in Basic Life Support or Basic Life Support for Healthcare


Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills and


The incumbent

shall be skilled in interpersonal communication to the level that is

required to effectively interact with patients, visitors and members of the

healthcare team. The incumbent shall possess critical thinking skills

adequate to evaluate patient conditions and recommend appropriate

intervention (or to seek assistance when necessary). The incumbent shall

display time management skills that are sufficient to organize scheduled

tasks in a manner that ensures delivery of high quality respiratory care. At

a minimum, the incumbent shall communicate in English at the twelfth

grade level. Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the

English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job,

especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or

security. Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians,

family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service

focus and application of positive language principles. The incumbent shall

possess basic rationale in communicating therapeutic needs with patients, visitors

and members of the healthcare team. Ability to work independently; capable of

handling challenging / difficult procedures and patient care situations;

demonstrates sound judgment and executes above average clinical skills.

Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the

healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all

patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers. Adapts to multiple ongoing

priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing work flow and

actively participating in problem-solving. Possesses basic computer

knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital /

Respiratory Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and

exam documents.

PREFERRED Qualifications

One year experience as a Respiratory

Care Practitioner. It is desired that the incumbent hold a current

certificate from the AHA in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. If the incumbent

functions within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, he/she shall hold a

current certificate from the AHA/American Academy of Pediatrics as a

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider.

Organizational Information


The Mission

of Catholic Health Initiatives is to nurture the healing ministry of the

Church, supported by education and research.

Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social

justice as we create healthier communities.

Our Vision is to live up to our name as one CHI:

Catholic – Living our Mission and Core


Health – Improving the health of the

people and communities we serve;

Initiatives – Pioneering models and

systems of care to enhance care delivery.

Living the Core Values of CHI

  1. REVERENCE : Respecting diverse viewpoints and working together to bring out thebest in everyone.

  2. INTEGRITY : Being open and honest in all of our interactions.

  3. COMPASSION : Caring for the whole person and the greater good of others.

  4. EXCELLENCE : Doing our best work, providing quality care and service, andachieving our goals.

CHI Standardized Competencies


  1. Accountability

Takes full responsibility for the conduct andresults of own work. Holds self/ others accountable for goal attainment. Demonstratesan understanding of the link between one’s own job responsibilities andoverall organizational goals, priorities and needs.

  1. Adaptability / Flexibility

Understands and appreciates different andopposing perspectives on an issue. Adapts one’s approach as situations changeand accepts changes within one’s own job or the organization at large.

  1. Initiative

Takes appropriate independent action,addresses issues proactively, engages in problem solving, generates new ideasand solutions, seeks out new responsibilities and acts on opportunities forself-development.

  1. Integrity & Spirituality

Is open and honest in all interactions. Actswith moral wholeness, soundness and truthfulness.

  1. Quality

Is attentive to detail and accuracy, iscommitted to error prevention, monitors, owns and acts on quality work. Looksfor and participates in opportunities for process improvements.

  1. Safety

Learns and practices safety as a personalpriority in your work. Addresses potential safety concerns. Willing to addressunsafe behaviors in others. Commits to team safety.

  1. Service Excellence

Builds confidence, is committed to increasingsatisfaction, sets achievable expectations, assumes responsibility for solvingproblems, ensures commitments are met, solicits opinions and ideas andresponds to patients, coworkers, physicians, and all other stakeholders.Maintains pleasant and professional image.

  1. Teamwork

Collaborates with others toachieve common goals. Listens, works to resolve conflicts, supports andupholds team decisions. Builds constructive relationships by appreciating andrespecting the diversity and contributions of others. Promotes an overallpositive team atmosphere.

Protected Health and other confidential Information

This job accesses, uses and discloses patient protected

health and other confidential information and will use and disclose patient

protected health and other confidential information:

  1. Only as it applies to job functions

  2. In amounts minimally necessary forintended purpose, and

  3. In a confidential manner.

Job Clinical Support


Daily Schedule 7am

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 0

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2018-R0187331

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.