Company: Renown Health
Posted on: September 9, 2020
The Respiratory Care Educator will function in coordinating and
facilitating the education and Quality Improvement (QI) programs
for the various Respiratory Service lines throughout the network.
Additionally, will assist the Director in the ongoing revision and
implementation of departmental policies and procedures, protocol
development, protocol implementation, competency assessments and
orientation to new personnel. The Respiratory Care Educator serves
as a resource, educates, and instructs Respiratory Therapists and
other health care personnel on therapy modalities and clinical
practice. The Respiratory Educator has oversight and provides
direction for the Renown Internal Respiratory Therapist Training
Program. They also coordinate the student rotation for all
participating Respiratory Care College programs.
This position may provide respiratory care at a secondary care site
consistent with the mission and obligations of Renown Health and
the department of Respiratory Care.
Nature and Scope
This position has responsibility far exceeding that of all other
non-leadership respiratory therapy positions. They act as a role
model, resource and coach to the Respiratory Care Staff, physicians
and ancillary departments. This position is expected to provide
staff with the tools to effectively integrate the respiratory care
of the patient with other care providers to achieve desired
results. They are responsible for training proper documentation of
all patient records and department logs. In addition, they are
responsible for keeping abreast of technological advances in
applicable areas and are well versed in appropriate clinical
The Respiratory Educator is accountable for ensuring that staff
understand how to perform in the assessment, planning,
implementation of care, and evaluation of Neonatal, Pediatric,
Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric patients and families. They ensure
that staff can demonstrate the ability to work with patient's
physical, motor/sensory adaptation, cognitive and psychosocial
needs specific to the population being served, and meet standards
of quality as measured by the Unit/Department age specific
The Respiratory Educator trains and develops the following
positions: Respiratory Care Specialist, Respiratory Care
Practitioner 2, Respiratory Care practitioner 1, Respiratory
Apprentice, and Respiratory Aide.
The Respiratory Specialist subcategories are as follows:
Neonatal / Pediatric Specialist (NPS): primarily work with high
risk newborn/pediatric patients in the Intensive Care Nursery and
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Respiratory Care Specialist may
be required to interact with staff in outlying hospitals either as
a member of the maternal child health transport team or as a
regional referral center information source. The Respiratory Care
Neonatal / Pediatric Specialist is responsible for helping with
transport coverage to include last minute schedule to ensure
transport coverage at all times.
Adult Critical Care Specialists (ACCS): primarily work with high
risk adult patients in the Adult Intensive Care Units, Shock/Trauma
Resuscitation Rooms and Emergency Departments.
Pulmonary Rehab Specialist: are accountable and responsible for the
performance of pulmonary rehabilitation. They work in a broad
program that helps improve the well-being of people who have
chronic (ongoing) breathing problems. At pulmonary rehabilitation
the Pulmonary Rehab Specialist will work with a large
interdisciplinary team to help improve the physical condition of
patients through exercise, education, and support.
Pulmonary Function Test Specialists (PFT): are accountable and
responsible for the performance of pulmonary function examinations.
The Pulmonary Function Test Specialists are required to function as
a professional resource person to pulmonary physicians, physicians
in training, other medical staff, management, and nursing,
regarding the performance, documentation, and interpretation of
pulmonary function testing.
Clinical Specialists: function in specialty roles throughout the
network. They function as superusers for Heliox, Nitric Oxide, and
Flolan administration and are trained to assist in the performance
of diagnostic bronchoscopies. In addition, they are required to
demonstrate advanced skill and competency in ventilation
modalities, perform in-services, and complete multiple other
competency requirements outlined in the Respiratory Clinical Leader
Specialist competency data sheet.
COPD / Asthma Education Specialist: provide comprehensive education
to patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD) and/or Asthma. They utilize written education materials
along with educational aides such as handouts, lung models, and
videos as deemed appropriate. When applicable they provide
referrals for pulmonary rehabilitation and pulmonary function
testing. They act as a liaison to physicians and discharge planners
to ensure proper length of stay, adequate education and safe
discharge. They provide follow-up care to answer questions and
ensure appointments with primary care physicians are completed. In
addition, they keep meticulous records to ensure patient continuity
Patient Education includes:
* normal lung anatomy & physiology
* physiologic changes caused by COPD
* medication classifications
* the patient's specific medication: what, when, where, how and why
they take it (Action Plan)
* recognizing the exacerbation vs. 'bad day' (Rescue Plan)
* pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise
* smoking cessation
* oxygen use
This position does provide direct patient care.
The foregoing description is not intended and should not be
construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills
and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is
intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and
level of the job.
Requirements - Required and/or Preferred
Must have working-level knowledge of the English language,
including reading, writing and speaking English. Masters degree in
a Healthcare or Education related field is preferred.
Minimum of eight years Respiratory Care experience in an acute care
setting. Prior experience and demonstrated ability in planning and
conducting in-servicing education and training.
Ability to obtain and maintain a State of Nevada Board of Medical
Examiners Respiratory Care Practitioner License. Current Registered
Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from National Board of
Respiratory Care (NBRC) required. Board Certification in both
Neonatal/ Pediatric Specialist and Adult Critical Care Specialist
within one year.
Current AHA BLS certification required. Current ACLS certification
required. PALS and NRP required within 90 days and ongoing
Computer / Typing:
Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computers
skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for
job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies,
complete online benefits enrollment, etc.
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