Arizona Heart Hospital is a small specialty hospital. It is a wonderful facility with a knowledgable and caring staff in all areas.
Pros: the great staff i work with.
Cons: i often work alone due to a decreased work load, i may even get cancelled because of low patient census, i don't earn vacation pay very quickly, i haven't had a pay raise in four years
I work the night shift. Report begins promptly at 1800 hours. Typically, there are two therapists staffing the hospital, however if the workload has decreased, I may be required to work alone. I would be responsible for all areas of the hospital from the emergency room, post surgical patients, and therapies delivered. I am responsible for any new patients – more... admitted and ordered to be seen by the respiratory department. I am responsible for any new orders written by the physicians to initate respiratory therapy. I am responsible to attend all code blues, or difficulty breathing pre respiratory failure such as CHF. This might require a fast response, set-up and initate Bipap therapy to avoid mechanical ventilation. I may be required to initate mechanical ventilation, which would involve receiving the order, getting the machine, and beginning the therapy. I may need to initate arterial lines , ask for an x-ray, or transport a mechanically ventilated patient to CT for further testing. This all requires team work. It is important to maintain a professional and friendly atmoshere within our facility so we can all be active participants in our client's medical care. The night shift is responsible for stocking any neccesary equipment to help assure our department runs effiecently for both shifts. We are currently the shift that makes all flowsheets, which reuires the names, and medical numbers and therapies ordered on each of our patients. I am responsible for any dirty equipment to be cleaned, redressed, and function tested for use, making certain if there is any equipment that is not functioning properly, to remove it and take the neccesary steps to have it repaired. I have learned how to work functionally alone, and if neccesary, to adhjust staff levels for the nest shift. My co-workers are very professional and hard working people. We have all worked together for many years and make the working enviornment as enjoyable as we can. The staff is more than helpful in all areas, not being restricted to only their department areas. This makes the job enjoyable and tolerable. The hardest paart of the job is loosing a patient. Since the facility is small, I often get close with my patients. They know my name, they know they can call for me at anytime and I will be at their bedside to tend to their need or answer any question I can for them. After thirty years of preforming respiratory therapy, I still enjoy my career and my patients! – less