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Respiratory Care Position at Seattle VA Medical Center

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Open & closing dates
01/29/2020 to 02/18/2020
Pay scale & grade
GS 8
$59,900 to $77,869 per year
Appointment type
Work schedule



Registered (RRT) Respiratory Therapists GS-08 are responsible to provide appropriate levels of respiratory care to patients in the medical center. A minimum of three years’ experience is required for care in the following areas of the facility with priority given to those located in Acute Care units; emergency room (Urgent Care), Spinal Cord Injury units, and anytime in patients are noted to be in distress.

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VA Puget Sound Health Care System



The Respiratory Therapist evaluates the orders received and communicates directly with the ordering physician any noted concerns about the appropriateness of the order. Based on the order, the appropriate procedure is performed after identifying and explaining it to the patient. Routine pre- and post-information is gathered about the patient, to determine the effectiveness of the therapy. When indicated, the therapist will provide education to patients on the procedure as it is being completed.

Respiratory Therapists must be proficient in evaluating the airway for potential problems, have above minimum of three years, and ‘experience and knowledge mechanical ventilators, drawing and interpretation of arterial blood gases, CPR, oxygen delivery devices, suctioning of the airway, Cpap and BiPap ,airway clearance maneuvers and proper infection control techniques. Equipment includes ventilators, both manual and mechanical, transport devices, airways and tracheostomy tubes, laryngeal Mask airways and devices to improve efficiency of spontaneous cough as well as devices to facilitate the removal of pulmonary secretions. Therapists must be familiar with laryngoscopes, bronchoscopes and their application. Devices such as Wright Spirometers, negative Inspiratory force meters and oximeters are considered routine tools used to provide assessment of patient status.

The therapist assesses proper functioning of equipment and contacts biomedical engineering if equipment is not working properly. The technician calibrates appropriate equipment prior to applying to the patient to ensure proper operation and documents the results.

Therapist evaluates the effectiveness of any interactions or therapy and documents in the medical record.
Therapist ensures that appropriate infection control standards are followed to protect the patient as well as self and others.
The Therapist will need to be proficient in administering bronchodilators and other inhaled medications per policy.
The Therapist completes a progress note for each patient and provides updated clinical information regarding patient changes and tolerance of interactions performed.
Therapists must complete required employee education programs each year.
The therapist will assist in transporting the patient to other areas of the medical center as needed.

Work Schedule: Variable shifts, weekends and holidays.