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Respiratory Therapist Flex

Company: Children's Hospital Colorado
Location: Aurora
Posted on: July 14, 2019

Job Description:

Why Work at Children's....

Children's Hospital Colorado has defined and delivered pediatric healthcare excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children's Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well being of children. Continually recognized as one of the nation's outstanding hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children's Colorado is known both for its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research and education programs as well as the full spectrum of everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. With more than 1,000 healthcare professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric specialties, Children's Colorado Network of Care includes its main campus, 16 Children's Care Centers and more than 400 outreach clinics.

A career at Children's Colorado will challenge you, inspire you, and motivate you to make a difference in the life of a child.
Additional Information

Department: Respiratory Therapy IP

Hours per week: 1

Shift: Shift varies

Flex employees are expected to align their availability with department needs, including day, night, and weekend shifts.

Flex staff will meet department scheduling requirements.

Minimum of one Summer and one Winter holiday
Job Overview

The Respiratory Therapist Flex provides family-centered care as demonstrated by recognizing the patient, family and/or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs. The RT II assumes an active role in clinical education of patients, families and staff; and functions effectively within respiratory and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, teamwork, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.

Population Specific Care

  • a.) Neonate -
  • b.) Infancy - > 30 days to 1yr
  • c.) Toddlers - > 1yr to 3yrs
  • d.) Pre-Schoolers - > 3yrs to 5yrs
  • e.) School age - > 5yrs to 13yrs
  • f.) Adolescent - > 13yrs to 18yrs
  • g.) Adult - > 18yrs to 65yrs.

    Essential Functions

    An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.

    • Utilizes and documents the respiratory process to provide developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence based care.
    • Actively anticipates changes in patient outcomes and unit needs in the provision of care.
    • Guides care by clinical care guidelines, policies, and standards of care.
    • Communicates and advocates patient values, preferences and expressed needs as part of implementation of care plan, evaluation of care and assessment of patient/family learning needs to the interdisciplinary team.
    • Initiates and anticipates individualized care and education for patients/families across the continuum using an interdisciplinary approach.
    • Promotes bi-directional communication with all key team members with the goal of patient safety.
    • Integrates best current evidence with clinical knowledge and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
    • Uses data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
    • Brings suggestions around quality improvement activities and uses quality measures to leadership.
    • Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
    • Uses information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
    • Seeks opportunities to participate in professional development activities such as completing continuing education activities; participating in a respiratory or professional health organization; obtaining certification in clinical specialty; and providing community service and/or grass roots advocacy.
    • Participates in education by precepting and the education of orientees, students, peers and acting as a clinical resource.
      Other Information


      • ADAPTABILITY - Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment (e.g., people, processes, structure, or culture); adjusting effectively to change by exploring the benefits, trying new approaches, and collaborating with others to make the change successful.
      • APPLIED LEARNING - Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner.
      • BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS - Developing and leveraging relationships within and across work groups to achieve results.
      • COLLABORATING - Working cooperatively with others to help a team or work group achieve its goals.
      • COMMUNICATION - Conveying information and ideas clearly and concisely to individuals or groups in an engaging manner that helps them understand and retain the message; listening actively to others.
      • CUSTOMER ORIENTATION - Placing a high priority on the internal or external customer's perspective when making decisions and taking action; implementing service practices that meet the customers' and own organization's needs.
      • DECISION MAKING - Identifying and understanding problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information; choosing the best course of action by establishing clear decision criteria, generating and evaluating alternatives, and making timely decisions; taking action that is consistent with available facts and constraints and optimizes probable consequences.
      • DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY - Is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, and other individual differences in the workforce; recognizes the value of diverse perspectives and experiences and fosters a work environment reflective of the community at large.
      • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - Establishing and sustaining trusting relationships by accurately perceiving and interpreting own and others' emotions and behavior; leveraging insights to effectively manage own responses so that one's behavior matches one's values and delivers intended results.
      • MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS - Meeting the personal needs of individuals to build trust, encourage two-way communication, and strengthen relationships.
      • MANAGING WORK - Effectively managing one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
      • PLANNING & ORGANIZING - Establishing an action plan for self and others to complete work efficiently and on time by setting priorities, establishing timelines, and leveraging resources.
      • RESOLVING CONFLICTS - Helping others deal effectively with an antagonistic situation to minimize damage to the relationships and promote shared goals; using appropriate interpersonal methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people and facilitate agreement.
      • STRESS TOLERANCE - Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (e.g., experiencing time pressure, conflict, or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
      • Proficient knowledge of computer use, operations and soft wares, including Microsoft office and soft wares relevant to clinical settings.


        Guidelines: Guidelines are generally numerous, well established, and directly applicable to the work assignment. Work assignment and desired results are explained by general oral or written instructions.

        Complexity: Duties assigned are generally repetitive and restricted in scope but may be of substantial intricacy. Employee primarily applies standardized practices.

        Decision Making: Decisions or recommendations on non-standardized situations are limited to relating organizational policies to specific cases. Brings non-routine issues to supervisor. Problems that are not covered by guidelines or are without precedent are taken up with the supervisor.

        Communications: Contacts with the public or employees where explanatory or interpretive information is exchanged, gathered, or presented and some degree of discretion and judgment are required within the parameters of the job function.

        Supervision Received: Under normal supervision, within a standardized work situation, the employee performs duties common to the line of work without close supervision or detailed instruction. Work product is subject to continual review.

        • Education: Associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy or Respiratory Care is required at the time of hire.
        • Experience: Minimum of one (1) year of experience delivering respiratory therapy/care is required at the time of hire.
        • Certification(s):

          • Certification as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care
          • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association is required at the time of hire.
          • Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is required within six (6) months of hire.
          • Certification in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) is required within six (6) months of hire if working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and/or Maternal Fetal Care Unit (MFCU).
          • Certification in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is required within one (1) year of hire.
          • Licensure(s): Licensure as a Respiratory Therapist in the state of Colorado is required at the time of hire.
            Physical Requirements

            Ability to Perform Essential Functions of the Job

            • Body Movement

              • Will frequently stand/walk up to 12 hours per day.
              • Will frequently use hands while keyboarding and writing.
              • Will frequently sit up to 2-4 hours per day while accessing computer, talking on the telephone, and while attending meetings.
              • Back and Upper Body (lifting and carrying)

                • Will occasionally lift/force exerted up to 35 pounds/16 kilos.
                • Vision

                  • Constantly uses sight in performance for daily job duties.
                  • Hearing

                    • Constantly uses hearing in performance for daily job duties.
                    • Others

                      • Able to assist or assume direct patient care as census directly permits. Exposure to unsteady or falling patient: In the course of transferring a patient, may encounter a patient who falls or loses balance, causing employee to fall and/or bear the full weight of a patient.

                        Work Environment

                        • Exposure: Exposure to blood/body fluid: Regular/Frequent.
                        • Exposure: Exposure to heights: Occasional.
                        • Exposure: Exposure to infectious diseases: Frequent.
                        • Exposure: Exposure to lung irritations: Occasional.
                        • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Independent discretion/decision making.
                        • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Makes decisions under pressure.
                        • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Manages stress appropriately.
                        • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Works with others effectively.
                          Equal Employment Opportunity

                          It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. Be aware that none of the questions are intended to imply illegal preferences or discrimination based on non-job-related information.

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