In a state hospital or institution this class is accountable for performing diagnostic testing and administering a full range of respiratory therapy with emphasis on the more difficult procedures.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
Considerable knowledge of equipment, procedures, techniques and terminology used in respiratory therapy and related diagnostic testing; considerable technical knowledge of cardiopulmonary physiology and pathology; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to work therapeutically with patients; ability to prepare written reports.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: General Experience: Successful completion of a two (2) year respiratory therapist program approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association. Substitution Allowed: Successful completion of a one (1) year respiratory therapy technician program approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association AND one (1) year of experience as a Respiratory Therapy Technician may be substituted for the General Experience.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health in accordance with the applicable Connecticut General Statutes. Candidates will be required to take a physical examination to demonstrate sufficient physical strength for efficient performance of duties. Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and/or adjust equipment and patients; may have some exposure to communicable and or infectious diseases and uncooperative or abusive patients; may be exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions.
PREFERRED: NICU experience.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Administers more difficult types of therapy (i.e. mechanical artificial ventilation) and various basic types of respiratory therapy (i.e. intermittent positive pressure breathing therapy) and aerosol, sputum induction and postural drainage treatments; records treatments on patient charts; sets up, operates and monitors all ventilatory support; performs diagnostic testing for cardiopulmonary pathology including blood gas analyses and pulmonary function testing; participates in resuscitative efforts; cleans, sterilizes, assembles and performs minor maintenance on therapeutic equipment; performs related duties as required.
SCHEDULE: This is a per diem position, hours to be determined by incumbent's availability and the needs of the department.
HOURLY BASE RATE: $ 26.68