The primary responsibilities and functions performed by the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)/Educator Therapist in the Cincinnati VA encompass diagnostic evaluation, assessment, care plan development and provision of respiratory care services to both inpatients and outpatients throughout the facility. The RRT/educator acts as educational liaison between Respiratory Care and other departments, clinical affiliates, and organizations. The primary duties of the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)(Educator) position include: a. Demonstrates proficiency in all acute, sub-acute and critical care areas. b. Performs diagnostic evaluations such as: arterial blood gas interpretation, pulmonary function testing, sleep testing and overnight oximetry. c. Provides recommendations based on assessment of patient and evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions. d. Develops a care plan encompassing all respiratory care interventions and education needed by an individual veteran, includes veteran in the planning process. e. Sets up and monitors complex respiratory care and diagnostic equipment such as invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilators and high flow systems. Titrates settings based on patient response. f. Performs assessment and airway care for veterans with artificial/altered airways in collaboration with nursing staff. g. Performs as a member of the CPR code team. h. Develops and implements an orientation program; performs literature search, develops orientation materials, and plans for new employees, coordinates learning activities and reports results to department leadership. i. Acts as a preceptor and performs competency assessments. j. Uses all available resources for teaching. k. Identifies weaknesses in new employees and provides corrective re-education. l. Observes clinical performance of staff, performs audits to identify need for improvements. m. Identifies clinical experts to act as appropriate preceptors and follows up with them regarding employee development. n. Mentors staff that express a desire or exhibit potential to teach. o. Coordinates educational activities with other departments (e.g., physicians, nurses, nurse educators, case managers, ancillary staff, etc.) as needed. p. Develops, prepares, and participates in respiratory therapy-related education provided to patients, caregivers, students, and hospital staff. q. Completes annual education needs assessment. r. Oversees ongoing validation of clinical competency (i.e., skills day). s. Maintains staff orientation and ongoing education records. t. Establishes a monthly education calendar. u. Assists staff with educational presentations and acts as first line reviewer of all staff presentation material. v. Applies for CEU credit when appropriate. w. Recommends corrective action plans for deficiencies found during surveys and audits and monitors for compliance. x. Assists in identifying, analyzing, and recommending new services, protocols, equipment, etc. to enhance the quality of services delivered/care provided. y. Participates on organizational committees as needed. z. Participates in development and updating of policies, procedures, protocols, templates, and order sets. aa. Recommends changes in policy and practice in response to changes in medical practice/evidence, procedures or equipment, Joint Commission, or other regulatory standards. bb. Participates in performance and continuous quality improvement initiatives and research activities. cc. Assists with outpatient Respiratory/Pulmonary programs as needed, such as Sleep/PAP, home oxygen, lung nodule tracking, pulmonary clinic. dd. Performs assessments for complex, and/or new respiratory care modalities. ee. Assists with completion of department paperwork/audits. ff. Participates in development of annual continuous quality improvement plan. gg. Provides additional, non-traditional, respiratory care services as determined by the Cincinnati VA and Respiratory Care department needs. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.