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Respiratory Therapist, PRN
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La Crosse, WI 54601

Part time


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This position offers full time employment at a premium wage (non-benefited) during the winter months and the opportunity to enjoy the warm summer months off. Can start now and pick up shifts as needed and to train. Full time starting in the fall/winter months.

A rare opportunity in a beautiful region. Flexibility to work Days, PM's, Nights and rotating weekends and holidays needed. Interested in learning more?  Call Melissa Heberlein at 608-775-6570

Job Description:

The Respiratory Therapist performs all basic and advanced therapies per policy and procedure in all areas of the hospital including ventilator management and adequately monitoring patient for adverse reactions. Provides assessment of patients, consultation with other health care providers, development of the patient care plan, evaluation of the outcomes, and the education and training of the patient with regard to Respiratory Care. The therapist communicates, organizes, delegates and works cooperatively as a member of the health care team to continuously improve the quality of patient care services delivered in routine, emergent and critical care settings. The therapist serves as a professional resource for the department, the health care team, and the community. Respiratory Therapists are required to exercise independent judgment in many tasks.

Major Responsibilities:
1. Assesses the patient's cardiopulmonary status to develop, revise, implement, and evaluate a respiratory care plan based on established practice guidelines, protocols, and competent clinical judgment to facilitate best patient outcomes.
2. Assists in airway management and monitoring of patients undergoing special procedures.
3. Identifies and addresses the special needs of patients in critical care settings.
4. Practices in accordance with the established minimum standards as described by the Respiratory Care (RC)department competency based assessment inventory in order to complete the work of the RC department in a collaborative and respectful environment.
5. Assists patients, family members, and other health care providers to facilitate the discharge process through education, training, and coordination of equipment referrals.
6. Responsible for maintaining and improving job knowledge and technical skills in order to provide competent, state of the art respiratory care that promotes healing and optimal health of Gundersen Health System patients.
7. Provides education and professional expertise to patients and family members, the health care team, and to the community in order to teach, consult, refer, and manage respiratory disease and wellness.
8. Works with RC Assistants and students to provide clinical direction and supervision.
9. Assists in training new personnel.
10. Performs other job-related responsibilities as requested.

Education and Learning:
Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy

Bachelor's degree in Respiratory Therapy

Work Experience:
No experience required.

1 year of Respiratory Therapy experience

License and Certifications:

  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) by the state of Wisconsin
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) within two years of hire date.
  • Current Infant-Adult Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (with hands on learning) from one of the following programs; American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist credential (CRT-NPS or RRT-NPS) required if selected to be on the Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team

Age Specific Population Served:
Infant (less than 1 year)
Pediatric (1 - 12 years)
Adolescent (13 - 17 years)
Adult (18 - 64 years)
Geriatric (65 years & older)

OSHA Category:
Category I - All Employees in this job title have a reasonably anticipated risk of occupational exposure to blood and/or other potentially infectious materials.

Environmental Conditions:
Exposed to infectious diseases.
Required to wear a respirator.

Physical Requirements/Demands Of The Position:
Sitting Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
Static Standing Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
Walking/Standing Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
Stooping/Bending Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
Squatting Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
Kneeling/Half Kneel Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
Climbing Stair Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
Reaching - Shoulder Level Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
Reaching - Below Shoulder Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
Reaching - Above Shoulder Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
Repetitive Actions - Pinch Forces Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours) Pounds of force 0-25
Repetitive Actions - Grip Forces Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
Repetitive Actions - Fine Manipulation Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
Balance - Right Leg Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
Balance - Left Leg Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
Lifting - Floor to Waist Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours) Number of lbs 0-25
Lifting - Waist to Overhead Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours) Number of lbs 0-25
Lifting - Other Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs 0-25
Carrying - Long Carry (>50 feet) Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs 0-25
Carrying - Short Carry Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs 0-25
Push/Pull (Static Force) Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Number of lbs 25-50

If you need assistance with any portion of the application or have questions about the position, please contact [email protected] or call 608-775-0267

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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