Respiratory Therapist

Under the general supervision of the Manager or Lead Therapist of the Respiratory Care Department administers respiratory care to patients obtains and analyzes blood gas specimens and performs sleep studies and pulmonary function tests as ordered by a physician. Performs all essential functions with consideration of the age-specific needs of the geriatric adult and adolescent patient. Fosters patient and family centered care and healthcare services in accordance with the Lifespan and The Miriam Hospital�s mission vision and values with consideration of the life span including all developmental stages as well as cultural patterns.


Administers respiratory care in accordance with physician orders or protocol. Accepts and enters verbal and telephonic orders from physicians into patient charts. Sets up and operates devices aerosol generators and bedside pulmonary function testing equipment. Monitors equipment to ensure specific parameters are maintained. Performs chest physiotherapy and bronchopulmonary drainage procedures. Assists patients with breathing exercises utilizing incentive spirometry. Instructs patients and families in therapeutic modalities and equipment use. Monitors the physiologic response of patients to therapy and suggests therapy changes. Maintains patient charts entering therapy ventilator and monitoring information.

Inspects and tests respiratory therapy-related equipment to ensure proper operating condition. Notifies Manager or Lead Therapist of need for equipment repairs.

Performs arterial punctures to obtain blood samples for gas analysis. Analyzes and reports results. Calibrates and performs preventive maintenance and quality control procedures on blood gas instrumentation.

As assigned performs all tests and duties in the Pulmonary Function Laboratory that relate to pulmonary function tests and sleep studies. Records results and forwards to physician for interpretation. Maintains logs of required information on tests performed and related records and reports. Consults with physicians regarding appropriateness of tests ordered and test results. Cleans makes minor repairs and maintains pulmonary function and sleep study equipment. Prepares and revises written procedures for sleep study and pulmonary function testing. Orders laboratory supplies.

Participates in Code Blue emergencies by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation airway management and ventilatory support.

Assists in the evaluation of replacement respiratory and pulmonary function equipment. Assists in care and maintenance of equipment and supplies.

Attends and participates in staff meetings and in-service education sessions. Maintains various records and reports as required.

Maintains quality assurance safety environmental and infection control standards in accordance with established hospital and departmental policies procedures and objectives.


Other information:
Associates Degree in an AMA-approved respiratory therapy program. Must be licensed by the State of Rhode Island as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Interpersonal skills � to instruct and calm patients. Analytic skills � to interpret blood gas reports calculate results of pulmonary function tests and synthesize interrelated data from various medical disciplines. Leadership ability � to establish priorities assign work to practitioners when assigned charge responsibilities and instruct students.

Ability to operate all respiratory therapy and diagnostic testing equipment.

All essential functions performed in this position reflect the age-specific needs of the patients.


One year of experience as a respiratory therapist preferred.


Prolonged sitting standing and walking.

Exposed to all patient elements.

May be required to lift/turn patients and equipment.

Repeated bending squatting stooping.

Sufficient visual acuity and manual dexterity to use computer keyboard and other common office equipment.

Any hazards are minimized by adherence to established safety procedures and precautions.


May provide functional or technical supervision as a �charge therapist� where scope of responsibility is limited to occasional direction guidance and explanation (refer to Respiratory Therapy Department Policy � Charge Therapist Description � for complete list of responsibilities).


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: The Miriam Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Part Time


Shift: 4


Union: Non-Union