Transport RRT III
Arkansas Children's Hospital - Little Rock, AR

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Position Summary
A Transport Therapist III is a Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) who maintains their Registered status under the National Board for Respiratory Care guidelines. Upon successful completion of the transport orientation, the Transport RT provides comprehensive respiratory care to critically ill or injured neonates, children and specifically referred adults. The Transport RT, through the use of expanded skills, is responsible for accurate assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care in accordance with established guidelines while on transport and in the Intensive Care Units or Emergency Department. The Transport RT assists the Transport RN in the stabilization and care of patients during transport under the direction of designated ACH physicians.

Position Duties

1.
Transport & Clinical Responsibilities
  • Consistently provides and promotes safe and effective care which addresses the age-specific variations related to growth and development.
  • Performs patient assessment interventions with advanced stabilization skills at the referring hospital.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in technical and procedural respiratory skills in accordance with policy and procedures, standards of practice, and State Practice Act/Rules & Regulations.
  • Prioritizes and organizes care with the Transport RN prior to and during transport based on patient acuity, time limitations and consultation with ACH physicians.
  • Coordinates plan of care with other health care team members and initiates action to prevent current or potential risk to a patient in an emergency situation.
  • Consistently provides and promotes safe transportation of patient transport while delivering quality care.
  • Supports patient safety initiatives which may include: National Patient Safety Goals such as: two patient identifiers, medication safety and security, unapproved abbreviations, time-outs.
  • Complies with safety instructions, observes safe work practices and provides input to management on safety issues.
  • Maintains infection control on transport by following the policies and procedures of Angel One Transport and ACH.
  • Maintains an environment that is conducive to safe care on transport.
  • Performs 2nd crew member walk around aircraft prior to lifting off (as patient condition allows).
  • Maintains sterile cockpit until instructed by the pilot.
  • Assists in loading all required equipment into aircraft or ambulance and ensures equipment is properly secured.
  • Wears seatbelt and shoulder harnesses in aircraft following Federal Aviation Regulations and in ground ambulances.
  • Secures patient with transport and hospital approved devices.
  • Conducts/performs foreign objects damage (FOD) inspection prior to every lift off of the helicopters.
  • Assists pilot with radio communication as directed.
  • Assists the Transport RN with critical thinking through individualization and prioritization of care (assessment, problem identification and desired outcomes, planning, implementation, evaluation).
  • Assists the Transport RN with recognition, reporting, recording, and re-evaluating of changes in pertinent patient information or condition.
  • Identifies and reports hazards to management/safety committee with possible solutions.
  • Effectively communicates with both referral hospital and ACH staff.
  • Provides mutual respect and support for ACH Team Members.
  • Checks, cleans and stocks aircraft, ground ambulances, transport packs, transport equipment and supplies and ensures equipment is functioning properly and documents on checklists.

2.
Development of Self & Others
  • Attends a minimum of 50% of schedule Transport Case Conferences.
  • Attends Case Conferences and presents any cases that have been selected for discussion.
  • 100% completion of annual competencies and skills within established timeframe to include quarterly intubation of neonates, pediatrics, and adults.
  • Maintains appropriate continuing education related to current practice, roles, and responsibilities.
  • Maintains current Respiratory Care license.
  • Maintains current certifications as transport position and ACH require.
  • Seeks clinical experiences in order to maintain and enhance current skills and competence in a variety of settings, which include Operating Room, NICU, PICU, ED, and any other designated units).
  • Works effectively with team/work groups to accomplish Angel One/ACH goals.
  • Takes action to achieve goals identified during performance appraisal.
  • Maintains all transport equipment in a state of readiness by checking all equipment at the beginning of each shift, noting any discrepancy and arranging for repair.
  • Develop effective approaches for managing self through organizational changes.
  • Attends and participates in annual Safety Days.
  • Follows through on commitments.
  • Be self-directed with taking on new projects.
  • Follows all ACH and Angel One departmental policies and procedures.

3.
Hospital Citizenship
  • Plans, delivers and promotes care in a safe, effective and cost-effective manner.
  • Complies with regulatory and accreditation standards which include JCAHO, CAMTS, FAA, FCC, EMS State Regulations and others as applicable.
  • Exhibits mutual respect and support for ACH Team Members and referral hospital staff.
  • Creates a clean and safe transport environment conducive to meeting customer needs and regulatory standards.
  • Proactively assesses, intervenes and evaluates when problems are encountered or identified.
  • Collaborates with referral hospital personnel to facilitate patient care.
  • Promotes a positive image of ACH in the community which may include volunteer activities and outreach education in the community, as well as tours of Angel One Transport and Arkansas Children's Hospital.
  • Promotes exceptional customer service and supports the ACH philosophy of Family-Centered Care.

4.
Advancement of Evidence-Based Respiratory Practice
  • Routinely uses available standards, literature, and research findings to guide evidence-based practice decisions and provide leadership in patient care management.
  • Participates in data collection as requested.
  • Shares research activities and/or findings with peers and others.
  • Participates ind departmental in-services and product/equipment evaluation.
  • On-going performance improvement monitoring and reporting.
  • Incorporates research as a basis for own learning.
  • Assists in the development of policies, procedures, and standards of practice in patient care.
  • Utilizes recognized research for application to practice.
  • Identifies and explores solutions to clinical problems.
  • Promotes benchmark activities within practice setting.
  • Identifies, develops, implements and evaluates solutions to clinical problems.

5.
Leadership
  • Demonstrates leadership in patient care delivery.
  • Participates as a team player.
  • Exhibits acceptance and is supportive through times of change.
  • Participates in objectively evaluating peer performance.
  • Participates in applicant interviewing, recruitment and retention activities.
  • Acknowledges, accepts, and discloses mistakes by self and others, thereby creating a safer patient environment.
  • Respectfully communicates, both verbally and nonverbally, to maintain ACH's positive image during all interactions with others.
  • Maintains a professional working relationship with all ACH Team members.
  • Accepts responsibility for performance.
  • Positively and respectfully represents Angel One Transport both at ACH and in the community.

Position Qualifications

Education Requirements

Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college program or technical school or nursing diploma Field of Study: Respiratory Therapy
Required

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university Field of Study: Respiratory Therapy
Preferred

Experience Requirements

4 years total experience required • •
which includes 3 years of Pediatric and Neonatal Experience experience

• which includes 1 year of Transport experience Required Certification/License/Registry Requirements Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner (LRCP): (AR) • Candidate must possess at time of hire
Required

EMT - Basic: (AR) (License) Candidate must obtain within 18 months of hire date or eligibility
Required

Skill Requirements

Able to work independently and as a member of a team.
Required

Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills.
Required

Physical Requirements

Physical Activity - Stand
Frequently

Physical Activity - Walk
Frequently

Physical Activity - Sit
Frequently

Physical Activity - Use hands to touch, handle, or feel
Regularly

Physical Activity - Reach with hands and arms
Regularly

Physical Activity - Climb or balance
Frequently

Physical Activity - Stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, twist, or bend
Regularly

Physical Activity - Talk or hear
Regularly

Physical Activity - Taste or smell
Frequently

Physical Environment - Inside Office Environment / conditions
Regularly

Physical Environment - Wet or humid conditions (non-weather)
Occasionally

Physical Environment - Work near moving mechanical parts
Regularly

Physical Environment - Work in high, precarious places
Regularly

Physical Environment - Fumes or airborne particles
Regularly

Physical Environment - Toxic or caustic chemicals
Frequently

Physical Environment - Outdoor weather conditions
Frequently

Physical Environment - Extreme cold (non-weather)
Occasionally

Physical Environment - Extreme heat (non-weather)
Occasionally

Physical Environment - Risk of electric shock
Occasionally

Physical Environment - Risk of radiation
Occasionally

Physical Environment - Vibration
Regularly

Physical Environment - Infectious disease
Regularly

Physical Environment - Blood or bodily fluid
Regularly

Physical Environment - Work in a confined area
Regularly

Physical Environment - Exposed to non-conventional motion
Regularly

Physical Environment - Slippery or uneven surfaces
Occasionally

Physical Environment - Vehicles
Frequently

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 10 pounds
Regularly

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 25 pounds
Regularly

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 35 pounds
Frequently

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 50 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person)
Frequently

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 100 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person) * This position may require a fitness for duty evaluation
Frequently

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - More than 100 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person) * This position may require a fitness for duty evaluation
Frequently

Noise Level - In general, the noise level for this position is considered to be:
Very Loud

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As the only pediatric medical center in the state, Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) serves the youngest Razorbacks from birth to age...