Respiratory Therapy Supervisor

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Coatesville, PA

Posted Date 11/29/2019
Description The Respiratory Therapy Supervisor assumes responsibility that the service will be delivered to patients on a 24-hour basis, 7 days a week. Incumbent must be well trained in all aspects of respiratory therapy and experience in its clinical application. Must be thoroughly versed in the techniques of therapy and the function of equipment. Must possess leadership qualities and administrative ability. Preferably will be registered by the American Association of Respiratory Care.
TEACHING RESPONSIBLITIES include but not limited to:
1. Plans and implements in-service education to review and to advance the theoretical and technical knowledge of the Respiratory Therapists.
2. With the Director of Patient Care Services, Chief of Staff, and Office of Education and Staff Development, plans, coordinates and implements pertinent educational programs for nursing personnel.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES include but not limited to:
1. Reviews on a regular basis, treatment plans with individual physicians to assure that patients receive optimal respiratory therapy.
2. Maintains and develops skills to perform therapeutic measures and, as necessary, will be required to function as a qualified respiratory therapist.
3. Functions as a member of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT).
4. Attends meetings of MERT Committee.
5. Determines safety and efficiency of equipment using the Deputy Assistant Director of Patient Care Services Safety Policy, Medical Center Safety Policy, OSHA and College of American Pathologist Standard as a reference.
6. In collaboration with Biomedical Engineering, established procedures for control of medical equipment.
7. Complies with the standards of respiratory care services as established by The Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, JCAHO and College of American Pathologists,
8. Assists in establishing criteria for respiratory care audits and participates in retrospective evaluation of respiratory care services provided.
9. Functions as the Clinical Coordinator for the Home Oxygen Program. The supervisor may delegate these duties as appropriate. Duties include:
a. Approving or disapproving of new patients applying for home oxygen based on approved guidelines
b. Re-evaluating clinical need for home oxygen for established patients in the home oxygen program
c. Providing local oversight and clinical review of the Home Oxygen Respiratory Program according to Veterans Health Administration Clinical Practice Recommendations, and local policies/procedures.
d. Ensuring that Home Oxygen Respiratory Program meets quality standards, including the National Patient Safety goals and Joint Commission standards; other pertinent regulations; as well as ensuring

RESPIRATORY DUTIES
The position consists of a wide range of respiratory therapy practices. RRT's are frequently required to recognize, evaluate and make decisions to expedite the delivery of care by channeling the definite need to the appropriate person. Decisions at this level are based on knowledge of procedures and awareness of specific capabilities and assignments.


Work Schedule: Various Tours of Duties to include rotating weekends and holidays
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/16/2019.
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist. Preferably will be registered by the American Association of Respiratory Care. Has a certificate as an RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent. This includes registration based on either 1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or 2). Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974.

Preferred Experience: in all aspects of respiratory therapy and experience in its clinical application. Must be thoroughly versed in the techniques of therapy and the function of equipment. Must possess leadership qualities and administrative ability.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS9.

Physical Requirements: This position requires sitting, standing, walking and carrying equipment/supplies up to 15 lbs.

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