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Kaiser Permanente Respiratory Care Practitioner I - Grade 725 in San Leandro, California

Under supervision of a physician experienced in respiratory care, in accordance w/ policies & procedures approved by the Medical Director, is expected to assume clinical responsibility for specific respiratory care modalities & to adjust or modify therapeutic techniques w/in well-defined procedures based on a limited range of patient responses. Works under the general supervision of an administrative supervisor or the direction of a technical lead to deliver respiratory care services to patients in all areas of the hospital. Must be able to adapt to the particular area of duty assignment & to perform special duties required by the assignment. Standards of performance for the area to which the individual is assigned must be maintained.

Special duties may include provision of basic & advanced respiratory care to neonatal & pediatric patients in the intensive care unit & during transport, which frequently requires making rapid decisions & assisting physicians to respond to status changes in neonatal & pediatric patients. Special duties may include performance of a variety of diagnostic tests of the cardiopulmonary system & to determine the effect of disease & treatment on that system.

Essential Functions:

  • Reads & evaluates physician's orders, clarifying as needed

  • Accurately transcribes physician orders to electronic charting system or departmental patient master

  • Reviews patient information including history, lab data, radiologic studies, progress notes, respiratory & cardiovascular monitoring data & performs assessment/data collection in systematic manner

  • Systematically assesses patient's overall cardiopulmonary status by inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation, & patient interview

  • Interprets data to formulate goal-directed plan of care & determines requirements for treatment such as type & duration of therapy, precautions to be observed, equipment required, & medication & dosages

  • Determines modifications to physician orders, which optimize patient, care & makes recommendations to physician

  • Recommends procedures to obtain additional data

  • Performs procedures & interprets results

  • May perform EKG's, place Holter monitor, perform pulmonary function, & sleep diagnostic tests

  • May perform exercise Stress Tests & indirect calorimetry

  • Selects, assembles & checks equipment for cleanliness, proper function & safe operation.

  • Ensures proper function & ready availability of respiratory related life support equipment.

  • May perform Quality control, calibrate, maintain & troubleshoot pulmonary function diagnostic equipment.

  • Participates in routine departmental programs of cleaning, disinfecting & sterilizing of respiratory care & other related equipment

  • Participates in routine departmental preventive maintenance program & performs basic repairs.

  • Operates all medical equipment w/in manufacturer & department guidelines to safely treat patients

  • Explains planned therapy or procedure & goals to patient in understandable terms to achieve optimal therapeutic outcome

  • Conducts therapeutic procedures to maintain a patent airway, remove bronchopulmonary secretions, and/or achieve adequate ventilation & oxygenation

  • Monitors patient's physiological responses to therapy, recognizes patient adverse reaction & stops or modifies or recommends modification to procedure based on patient response

  • Initiates pressure-cycled/volume-cycled/high frequency ventilation

  • This job has no supervisory responsibilities

  • Perform other duties as directed

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least one (1) year of recent critical care experience preferred, may be required for this particular position

  • At least one (1) year of clinical experience in neonatal/pediatric respiratory care preferred, may be required for this particular position

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • Graduate of an accredited respiratory care education program supported by CoARC or accredited by CAAHEP required, with 62 semester hours of college credit, including a background in the basic sciences, or baccalaureate degree in an area other than respiratory care or Associates of Arts or Science degree, preferred

  • Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner in the State of California

  • Certification (CRT) from the National Board of Respiratory Care

  • Respiratory Care Practitioners who received their RCP license prior to 1986 and currently working at Kaiser Permanente are exempt from obtaining their CRT credential

  • BLS required

  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, technical manuals, and short correspondence or memos

  • Ability to write simple correspondence

  • Ability to speak and understand spoken English

  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization

  • Certified by the National Board for Respiratory Care

  • Certified or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist by the National Board for Respiratory Care may be required for this particular position

  • Registered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists may be required for this particular position

  • Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist by the National Board may be required for this particular position

  • Also refer to Position Specifications outlined in the appropriate collective bargaining agreement

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

COMPANY: KAISER

TITLE: Respiratory Care Practitioner I - Grade 725

LOCATION: San Leandro, California

REQNUMBER: 782189

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.

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