Elevate Care Waukegan Respiratory Therapist in Waukegan, Illinois
Seeking a Full Time, Part Time, PRN Respiratory Therapist / CRT / RRT to work in Waukegan, IL
SUMMARY: The RT is responsible for providing direct respiratory therapy to the residents in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern our facility, and as may be required by the Director of Respiratory Therapy to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Evaluate, treat, and care for residents with respiratory problems including but not limited to those on ventilators or with tracheostomies including the administration of bland aerosols and suctioning
Evaluate resident care and resident outcomes as they relate to respiratory care; analyze outcomes and make recommendations for changes in the plan of care based upon the analysis
Provide routine care of ventilator dependent residents including connecting to the ventilator, managing ventilator settings, maintenance, and weaning protocols; monitor equipment for mechanical problems
Provide appropriate treatment to help residents maintain or attain the highest level of respiratory function possible within the confines of his/her physical condition
Recommend and/or provide appropriate treatment and preventative measures to prevent decline in residents respiratory function
Provide appropriate resident or caregiver education to help residents maintain or attain the highest level of respiratory function possible within the confines of his/her physical abilities
Operate respiratory care equipment safely and effectively
Maintain timely and accurate resident reports as required by regulatory agencies and third party payors
Assume quality improvement duties as assigned
Draw and analyze Arterial Blood Gases according to facility guidelines.
Observe infection prevention procedures
Document care and procedures in the medical record in a timely manner
Assist in the care and management of residents during emergency situations as indicated
Check and maintain respiratory supplies on the respiratory unit/store room, including the proper care and use of all equipment
Attend mandatory in-services and meetings and complete annual competencies as designated by the department
Work collaboratively as a team member to meet resident needs
May take telephone orders relating to respiratory care from a physician
Collaborate with nurse in charge on any changes in resident’s condition
Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Respiratory Therapist with current unencumbered state licensure.
Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
Must be able to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
Must be knowledgeable of nursing & medical practices & procedures, as well as laws, regulations, and guidelines that pertain to nursing care facilities.
Current CPR Certification is required
Experience in Long Term Care is preferred.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Be able to move intermittently throughout the workday.
Must be able to cope with the mental & emotional stress of the position.
Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility, which include a medical & physical examination.
Must be able to push, pull, move, and/or lift a minimum of 25 pounds to a minimum height of 5 feet and 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.
Elevate Care is a fully integrated post-acute care consortium offering 24-hour skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, post-hospital recovery and many more clinical specialized programs. We not only provide the highest quality of care, we take it to the next level. Elevate Care is well known for our commitment to our employees, offering outstanding ongoing training and development, career advancement opportunities, competitive pay rates, generous compensation packages and much more.
Elevate Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer