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Licensed Respiratory Therapist / LGSW Respiratory / PRN in Lafayette, LA at Lafayette General Health

Date Posted: 11/10/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Per Diem
  • Location:
    1214 Coolidge Street
    Lafayette, LA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:

Job Description


Under the supervision of the Manager of Respiratory Care Services, a Respiratory Therapist performs a variety of duties to carry out the medical prescription of a physician in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary disease



1. Conducts physician-prescribed therapy by the operation of IPPB machines, hand-held nebulizers, incentive spirometers, , room vaporizers, and various gas powered devices in order to administer prescribed drugs, gases, humidity and various oxygen concentrations to the patient.

2. Performs chest physiotherapy involving percussion, vibration and postural drainage.

3. Sets up, operates, maintains and monitors ventilators, and CPAP/BIPAP.

4. Makes rounds on a timely basis to check and maintain equipment and supplies on oxygen equipment, and room vaporizers.

5. Evaluates patients, consults with and advises other medical personnel, including physicians and nurses, regarding pulmonary management.

6. Assists the physician in performing therapeutic bronchoscopes.

7. Performs trach care on those patients receiving periodic therapeutic procedures.

8. Changes trach tubes and inserts trach buttons.

9. Performs extubation and assists in intubation.

10. Performs airway maintenance and naso- and/or tracheobronchial suctioning.

11. Responds to all CODE 9 calls to perform CPR as needed.


1. Performs arterial puncture and capillary blood gas collection, comprehends the results of information, can recognize abnormal results and acts immediately in reporting to the appropriate personnel, can maintain and operate the blood gas analyzers and trouble shoot operation if necessary, reports results appropriately and enters results into the laboratory information system.

2. Performs pulmonary function studies.

3. Assists the physician in performing diagnostic bronchoscopies,

4. Set up, monitor, and download overnight saturation recordings.


1. Conducts in-service education and orientation programs for Respiratory Care practitioners.

2. Conducts in-serviced education for other medical personnel and students.

3. Participates in health education throughout the community.


1. Performs quality control and equipment maintenance in the blood gas lab.

2. Performs preventive and routine maintenance of equipment as needed.

3. Participates in Quality Assurance through concurrent review of patients receiving therapy to evaluate objectives, effectiveness and staff performance.

4. Is responsible for the recognition and troubleshooting of malfunctioning or questionable equipment.


1) Keeps abreast of current technology and clinical practices.

2) Contributes to the in-service education program of the hospital.

3) Contributes to educating the community.


1) Properly and concisely records all pertinent patient information regarding therapy in the patient’s medical record, in accordance with hospital and department policy.

2) Properly and concisely reports to the on-coming shift, all pertinent patient information regarding treatments, problems, complications, new or changed orders, etc.

3) Processes Respiratory Care equipment – cleaning, sterilizing and packaging as required.

4) Maintains the department in a clean, neat and orderly manner.

5) Observes hospital and department safety rules

6) Stocks the department and satellite supply areas.

Job Requirements


The Practitioner must possess and be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide Respiratory care to neonate,pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. The practitioner must demonstrate knowledge of the principals of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status, and to interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to age, needs, and to provide the care needed as described in the policy and procedures.


Current License from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners as either a Registered Respiratory Therapist, Certified Respiratory Therapist, Registry-eligible Respiratory Therapist, or Certified- eligible Respiratory Therapist or Licensed Respiratory Therapist.


• Must comply with all Standards of Behavior

• Adhere to all requirements, policies, procedures and mandatory training as identified by LGMC.


• Computer

• Various types of medical instruments & equipment


• Medium Work as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor constitutes a maximum lift of 21-50 pounds on occasion and/or a maximum lift of 11-25 pounds on a frequent basis

• May be required to assist in the turning, lifting, or moving patients as well as walking about from patients’ rooms, as well as to and from various hospital areas