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Kaiser Permanente Respiratory Care Practitioner II - Grade 755 in San Francisco, California

Under supervision of a physician experienced in respiratory care, 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 at 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. It also 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:- Selects, reviews, obtains & interprets data- Accurately transcribes physician orders to electronic charting system or dept'l patient master- Interprets data to formulate goal-directed plan of care & determines requirements for treatment- Recommends procedures to obtain additional data including radiographs, bronchoscopy, Gram stain & C&S, spirometry, blood gas analysis, lung mechanics, work of breathing, EKG, & noninvasic monitoring- Performs diagnostic modalities- Performs procedures & interprets results: ABG sampling & analysis, co-oximetry, spirometry, pressure-volume & flow-volume loops, cuff pressure, & sputum induction- Selects, assembles & checks equipment for proper function, operation & cleanliness- Ensures proper function & ready availability of respiratory related life support equipment- Troubleshoots & performs minor repairs of equipment- Participates in routine dept'l programs of cleaning, disinfecting & sterilizing of respiratory care & other related equipment- Initiates, conducts & modifies prescribed therapeutic or diagnostic procedures- Observes established safety & security procedures & protects patients from nosocomial infection- Explains planned therapy or procedures & goals to patient in understandable terms to achieve optimal therapeutic outcomes- Conducts therapeutic procedures to maintain a patient 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- Documents all required info in the medical record according to dept'l policy & procedure- Initiates pressure-cycled/volume-cycled/high frequency ventilation- Weans/modifies mechanical ventilation according to assessment & physician orders- Assists w//or performs extubation- Conducts patient education & disease mgmt- Contributes to dept'l quality improvement activities- Assesses priorities for delivery of patient care & redistributes resources as necessary- Protects data from intentional or unintentional destruction, modification, or disclosure- Maintains a current knowledge base of dept'l info mgmt systems, including collection, maintenance, & dissemination of info, as well as approp audit trails- Participates in continuing education for professional development in Respiratory Care & related fields- This job has no supervisory responsibilities

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least three (3) years of regular (20 hours of more per week) of recent experience as Respiratory Care- At least one (1) year of clinical experience in the field of polysomnography preferred, may be required for this particular position- 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 from a 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- BLS required- 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- Certified or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist by the National Board for Respiratory Care preferred, but may be required for this particular position- Registered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists preferred, but may be required for this particular position- Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist by the National Board preferred, but may be required for this particular position- Depending on the particular specialty, ACLS, NRP or PALS may be required for this particular position- 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- Key board skills preferred- Must be willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment- Also refer to Position specifications outlined in the appropriate collective bargaining agreement


TITLE: Respiratory Care Practitioner II - Grade 755

LOCATION: San Francisco, California


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.