Under general supervision, administers complex respiratory therapy modalities in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with cardiopulmonary functions threatened or impaired by developmental defects, the aging process, physical injury, or disease. Provides respiratory services consistent with the mission and values of University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute (UMROI) within scope of practice, professional and regulatory standards. Accountable to Coordinator of Respiratory Services, medical and clinical staff, patients and families for processes and outcomes during an episode of care. Serves as a fully engaged member of the interdisciplinary team. Participates in cost effective strategies that optimize patient care and improve outcomes.
Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age, culture, ethnicity, and specific individual diagnostic needs of the patients served in his/her department. He/she must be able to assess and interpret data about the patient's status in order to identify each patient's specific needs and provide the care needed by the patient group (pediatric, adolescents and/or geriatric patient group, culture and diagnostic specific).
Consistently expresses and demonstrates compassion and courtesy for patients. Extends courtesy and support to patient's families/visitors.
We're making Maryland stronger!
With roots that go as far back as 1895, the UM Rehab & Ortho Institute continues to be a pioneer in orthopedics and neurological disorders. From bones to brains, our cutting-edge hospital heals even the most serious of injuries, specializing in everything from total joint replacement to spinal cord injuries and neurological condition. In total, our 141-bed facility welcomes over 3,000 patients every year. As the state's largest provider of inpatient rehabilitation services, we offer some of the most advanced therapies for stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic and sports injury, among many others.
Education & Experience
Licensed by the state of Maryland as a Certified Respiratory Care Practitioner by the Maryland Board of Physician
Quality Assurance is required.
Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) is required.
Current CPR certification is required.
Graduation from an approved AMA Respiratory Therapy Program is required. A Bachelor of Science in
Respiratory Therapy is preferred.
Two years experience as a Respiratory Therapist is required. Minimum 1 year Critical Care experience strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, biology, microbiology, technical mathematics, and pharmacology are required. Proficient knowledge of medical terminology and operation and use of standard respiratory equipment and supplies, such as various types of ventilators, nebulizers, aerosol masks, nasal cannulas, and other oxygen delivery devices.
Knowledge of respiratory diseases and standard treatments in order to assist in training employees. Knowledge of respiratory procedures (auscultation, administration of bronchodilators), respiratory surgical procedures, x-ray and arterial blood gas interpretations, and lab result analysis.
Effective verbal and written communication skills are necessary in communicating with patients, doctors, respiratory staff and nursing staff throughout UMROI, and in maintaining accurate and complete documentation of testing procedures.
Demonstrated critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
Highly effective verbal communication skills including courtesy, resourcefulness and efficiency in answering questions, giving directions, locating staff and explaining hospital/departmental policies and procedures are necessary. Verbal communication skills may include communicating with an interdisciplinary team, patients, and families. Effective writing skills are also required in order to take messages and maintain miscellaneous records, receipts, reports and logs.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) was created in 1984 when the state-owned University Hospital became a private, nonprofit organization. It has evolved into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the world's largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily. The hospitals and health systems that comprise UMMS are: University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, UM Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Capital Region Health, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, UM St. Joseph Medical Center, UM Upper Chesapeake Health, UM Shore Regional Health, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and UM Community Medical Group.