Respiratory Therapist | Nights

Allina Health

Allina Health

St. Louis, MO, USA
Posted on Monday, January 8, 2024

Number of Job Openings Available:


Date Posted:

January 08, 2024

Posting Expiration Date:

January 16, 2024


34005300 Respiratory Therapy


Permanent Nights (United States of America)

Shift Length:

12 hour shift

Hours Per Week:


Union Contract:

ADIT-2-United Residual Workers

Weekend Rotation:

Every Other

Job Summary:

Assesses, diagnoses and treats patients suffering from cardiopulmonary respiratory disorders. Under the direction of a physician, educates patients and staff regarding chronic and acute pulmonary disorders, provides consultative services to area hospitals/agencies, and provides technical and educational support to nurses regarding respiratory procedures.

Key Position Details:

Job Description:

Principle Responsibilities

  • Provides respiratory assessment and therapeutic intervention.
    • Identifies opportunities to improve outcomes by utilization/recommendation of appropriate therapies or interventions.
    • Applies knowledge of approved protocols and clinical indications for interventions and routinely applies protocols to progress patients appropriately.
    • Communicates with the care team to ensure exchange of essential information.
    • Demonstrates competency with operation and troubleshooting of equipment used for therapy
  • Provides for safe/effective management and monitoring of all forms of mechanical ventilation.
    • Provides mechanical ventilatory support safely and effectively to meet objectives identified by the provider and/or protocols.
    • Demonstrates competency in operation and troubleshooting of ventilators.
    • Identifies best mode of ventilation and opportunities to optimize patient-ventilator interface, makes recommendations to provider as appropriate.
    • Assess readiness to wean, recognizes failure to wean and documents findings.
    • Provides invasive and non-invasive ventilation, ventilation during transport, manual resuscitation by bag/valve device, weaning assessment, respiratory mechanics and waveform analysis, non-traditional modes and techniques.
    • Manages airway appropriately to include positioning, securing, humidification selection and suctioning.
    • Negotiates decisions within own scope of practice and in the best interest of the patient.
    • Collaborates with nurses and providers to assure respiratory goals are not in conflict with other aspects of patient care.
    • Provides disease management education to patients and families.
    • Recognizes opportunity to increase patient knowledge of disease management and/or coping skills.
    • Reinforces positive patient behaviors and skills during treatment interactions.
    • Possesses and shares knowledge of asthma self-management and COPD education.
    • Educates patient on inhaler techniques, peak flow monitoring asthma and COPD education to achieve patient compliance for self-administration.
    • Educates patient on diaphragmatic and pursed lip breathing techniques to alleviate dyspnea.
  • Conducts diagnostic testing and analysis.
    • Completes necessary tests to assist in the medical management of the patient.
    • Demonstrates competency in technique and technology to meet standards.
    • Possesses clinical knowledge of interpretation of results and acts accordingly.
    • Complies with policy and procedure as well as processing of report.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Associate's or Vocational degree from a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredited Respiratory Care Program required or
  • Bachelor's degree from a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care Program or other health science related program preferred
  • 0 to 2 years in a critical care setting required and
  • 0 to 2 years as a Respiratory Therapist preferred
  • Licensed Respiratory Therapist - MN Board of Medical Practice required as required by location of employment and
  • Licensed Respiratory Therapist - WI Dept of Safety & Professional Services required as required by location of employment and
  • BLS Tier 1 - Basic Life Support - Multisource required and
  • ACLS/BLS Tier 2-Advanced Cardiac Life Support - Multisource preferred within 180 Days and
  • PEARS - Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition & Stabilization - Multisource required required at sites providing pediatric care within 180 Days or
  • PALS - Pediatric Advance Life Support - Multisource required required at sites providing pediatric care within 180 Days and
  • NRP - Neonatal Resuscitation - Multisource required required at sites providing neonatal care within 180 Days
  • Credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care preferred and

Physical Demands
Medium Work*:
Lifting weight Up to 32 lbs. occasionally (*Allina Safe Patient Moving Policy), Up to 25 lbs. frequently