Job Description

Parkmoor, 3625 Parkmoor Village Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America Req #820
Friday, December 11, 2020

Respiratory Therapist

Responsible for administering safe and competent respiratory care as ordered per physician, monitoring mechanical ventilation, administering medications, patient assessment, understanding ramifications of hemodynamic monitoring, understanding blood work results, monitoring, teaching, and training.


  • Competent delivery of all Respiratory Care procedures as outlined in the department policy and procedure manual

  • Maintain accurate and complete documentation of all Respiratory Care procedures per department policy and procedures

  • Verify Respiratory Care physicians’ orders. Initial, date, and time order after verification

  • Receive and give accurate and complete report. Update and complete patient profile card to reflect patient's current clinical status. Be prepared and ready to receive/give report at the specified report times

  • Attend and participate in department inservices, meetings, patient care rounds, and mandatory meetings

  • Keep Supervisor appraised of changes in work load and patient acuity

  • Enter all daily services and charges given to patients

  • Demonstrate excellent working knowledge of Respiratory Care instruments and equipment

  • Perform troubleshooting with appropriate problem resolution

  • Perform effective airway management to include bag/mask ventilation 

  • Assist physician/intubation certified therapist with intubation 

  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate suction techniques and use of artificial airways

  • Initiate and perform "CPR". Primarily responsible for airway management

  • Initiate, maintain, monitor and document continuous mechanical ventilation

  • Provide timely and accurate update information to the physicians and other hospital personnel

  • Make recommendations for changes or modification of patient therapy by contacting physicians

  • Assist in orientation/training of new employees, respiratory/nursing students, and precept new employees during orientation

  • Understand and institute advanced ventilator modalities

  • Effectively discuss advanced respiratory pathophysiology with physicians and can implement changes based on patient condition

  • Perform arterial blood gas sampling     

  • Initiate maintain and monitor ventilator patients

  • Evaluate chest x-ray for endotracheal placement and other clinical conditions optimizing Respiratory Care delivery

  • Complete required continuous training and education, including department-specific requirement

  • Comply with established personal protective equipment requirements necessary for protection against exposure to blood and other potentially infectious body fluids, chemical disinfectants, radiation, asbestos, and other hazardous substances

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served within the unit

  • Ability to work under stress and to respond quickly in emergency situations

  • Understands principles of growth and development for the entire lifespan with the ability to provide care appropriate for adult and geriatric patients as appropriate to the patient population

  • Perform all other duties as requested


Relationship Building

Have a caring attitude and sincere interest in others

Demonstrate friendliness and enthusiasm

Build relationships with all types of people




Communicate effectively




Ability to organize and prioritize

Ability to exercise judgment and display understanding

Detail oriented and follow through


Strategic Thinking

Solve problems effectively

Creative in coming up with options and variety

Curiosity and desire to learn 


  • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patient population served


  • As required for attainment of Certification or Registry by National Board of Respiratory Care. 

  • Current Certification of Respiratory Therapy or credential as Registered Respiratory Therapist by the National Board of Respiratory Care

  • Current licensure from state licensure agency

  • Must maintain currency of NBRC, credential, ACLS Certification, BLS Certification and State license

  • BLS Certification


  • How long it usually takes to completely perform this job when the incumbent has the minimum knowledge, skills, ability, work experience and/or education: up to 3 months


  • Moves intermittently during working hours 

  • Is subject to frequent interruptions

  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances

  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, etc. 

  • Works beyond normal duty hours, on weekends, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary

  • Is subject to call back during emergency conditions (e.g., severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.)

  • Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc. throughout the workday, as well as reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminants

  • Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses

  • May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals

  • Drives frequently in company or personal automobile

  • Uses computer and cellular telephone frequently

  • Consistently demonstrates Guest Relation’s skills to patients, physicians, visitors, employees and any other individuals with whom they may come in contact

  • Consistently follows the health, safety, security, hazardous materials policies and procedures


  • This is a full-time position with benefits

  • Must maintain a valid, unrestricted Colorado driver’s license

  • Classification: non-exempt


Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Regular
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