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Respiratory Tech Extern - Bronson Methodist and Bronson Battle
Under general and direct supervision, the Respiratory Care
Extern works with the LRT to administer basic respiratory care to
patients with cardiopulmonary abnormalities and deficiencies
according to physician prescription and/or established organization
policies, procedures, and guidelines. The Respiratory Care Extern
is responsible for communicating learning needs to the LRT partner.
The Respiratory Care Extern is accountable, under the direction of
an LRT, for setting priorities, meeting deadlines, and providing
selected aspects of patient care within established Bronson
Respiratory Care Extern Scope of Practice. The Respiratory Care
Extern performs routine respiratory care procedures according to
established standards in General Patient Care areas. The
Respiratory Care Extern works under direct supervision of a LRT in
the Critical Care Units. Employees providing direct patient care
must demonstrate competencies specific to the population
Enrolled and maintaining satisfactory progress after one year in
an accredited program for Respiratory Care to perform in General
Patient Care areas required.
Enrolled and maintaining satisfactory progress in the final
clinical semester of an accredited program for Respiratory Care to
work in the Critical Care areas under the direct supervision of a
Successful completion of the Respiratory Department requirements
for orientation which includes Hospital, Core, and Department
Satisfactory performance on the respiratory care medication
Current BLS certification
- Ability to read, interpret, and analyze data from various
computer systems and equipment in order to set an appropriate plan
- Must be able to constantly communicate both verbally and in
writing. Activities and treatments must be recorded in an accurate
manner and technical information and instructions must be
communicated to patients, families, and all members of the care
- Excellence in internal and external customer service must be
Work which produces high levels of mental/visual fatigue, e.g.,
interactive and repetitive or small detailed work requiring
alertness and concentration for sustained periods of time, the
operation of and full attention to a personal computer or CRT
between 40 and 70 percent of the time.
Involves regularly lifting of bulky or moderately heavy weights
(i.e., up to 50 pounds), and occasionally assisting with heavier
tasks or expending the equivalent effort in pushing, pulling, or
otherwise handling material, equipment, and other objects.
- Performs as an integral part of the patient care team.
o Assesses patients' respiratory status using basic assessment
skills including medical record/monitor review and physical
o Performs basic, routine respiratory care procedures including
oxygen delivery and medication administration.
o Assembles, checks, and corrects malfunctions associated with
Respiratory Care equipment.
o Under direct supervision of a LRT, externs may gather and
prepare equipment such as intubation but not assist with the
o Under supervision of a LRT, performs necessary
measurements/calculations and assists in determining appropriate
parameters for mechanical ventilation.
o Under supervision of a LRT, performs emergency and acute
Respiratory Care procedures.
- Communicates appropriately and effectively with other members
of the healthcare team regarding all aspects of patient care.
- Regularly communicates with his/her shift charge therapist as
to activity in his/her area and availability to help areas.
- Participates in department performance improvement
- Assumes responsibility for professional development.
Scheduled Weekly Hours
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