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Providence Health & Services Respiratory Care Practitioner in Torrance, California


Providence is calling a Respiratory Care Practitioner (Per Diem/Variable Shift) to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, CA.

We are seeking a Respiratory Care Practitioner who will, under the direct supervision of a medical director, and department director, perform management, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities which affect the pulmonary system and associated aspects of cardiopulmonary and other systems function within the scope of practice of Respiratory Care Practice Act 1996. The Respiratory Therapist will perform a variety of technical procedures that require independent judgment of initiative to apply prescribed treatments and testing in a safe, professional manner. This position will be accountable and responsible for the delivery of direct respiratory care to all age ranges of patients from neonates to adults and through the assignment and direction of the Patient Care Leader, utilizing a collaborative care patient management process, meeting established standards of respiratory care and integrating other health care team members.

In this position you will:

  • Use the clinical processes of assessment, respiratory diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation for all patients, documenting the same

  • Perform the duties of a RCP as defined in the role description, at a proficient level

  • Demonstrate competency in selected technical and psychomotor skills

  • Administer medications to respiratory tract per physician prescription including: HHN, IPPB, CPT, Continuous Bronchodilator Therapy, Surfactant, or any other FDA drug approved for such application

  • Perform EKG, ABG and related quality control, once hospital documented competency is acquired

  • Report abnormal ABG to M.D. or R.N. giving accurate interpretation as requested, utilizing Critical Value Reporting Policy

  • Assist with Bronchoscopies as assigned

  • Assist in emergency situations following established procedures

  • Identify patient and family respiratory care education and learning needs and implement measure to meet those needs. (i.e.: pulmonary hygiene)

  • Be responsible for all equipment aspects associated with respiratory care, i.e. utilization, assembly, cleaning, etc. (to include but not limited to e.g., handheld, ventilators etc.)

  • Demonstrate sound basic knowledge in the caring and the decision-making process for a designated patient population

  • Documentation/ Information Management:

  • Demonstrate competency and working knowledge of the Hospital Information System and Respiratory NUR component

  • Properly utilize the admission history and other computer based communication and data base systems

  • Maintain confidentiality of all patient and hospital related information

  • Perform documentation on unit records and in patient’s record, which is timely, accurate, and concise

  • Communicate all relevant patient information to other caregivers at intershift report, patient transfer, and patient discharge

  • Understand Automatic Stop Order procedure and properly documents relevant information

  • Leadership and Supervision: (Charge Responsibility)

  • Assess competency of staff

  • Assign and coordinate patient care

  • Staff shifts based on patient volume and departmental staffing standards

  • Preceptor/orient new staff and maintain staff records

  • Demonstrate flexibility in resolving staffing issues

  • Professional Growth/ Development:

  • Assume responsibility for own professional growth and practice

  • Attend staff development activities for the department, including staff meetings

  • Participate in presenting in-services as requested

  • Maintain certification and competency in BCLS

  • Maintain all required licenses and certificates

  • Performance Improvement/Quality and Safety:

  • Participate in performance improvement activities as needed and works to correct deficiencies identified

  • Actively support the facility with regards to continuous compliance with all regulatory and performance improvement standards including, but not limited to JCAHO, Department of Health Services, CMS Core Measures, IHI initiatives, etc

  • Maintain current knowledge regarding JCAHO standards for this position

  • Commit to and actively participates in ongoing compliance

  • Need to be knowledge of Tracer methodology

  • Provide the best care and service to every person, every time (PHS Quality Vision)

  • Provide care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient/family centered (PHS Quality definition)

  • Budgetary/Stewardship:

  • Consistently practice financial responsibility and prudence (Core Value)

  • Use equipment and supplies in a prudent and effective manner

  • Comply with budget and staffing standards

  • Support emergency staffing needs


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • H.S. Diploma or GED

  • Associate's Degree in Respiratory CareOr Graduate of a two (2) year Respiratory Program

  • Current California State Respiratory Care Practitioner License

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist required for all new grad Respiratory Therapist applicants.

  • Note: Respiratory Therapist credentialed prior to 1/1/15 are grandfathered as Certified Respiratory Therapists.

  • Pulmonary diagnostics to include Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) certification and quality control

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association

  • Advanced Cardiac Lifer Support (ACLS) certification sponsored by the American Heart Association within 6 months of hire

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification sponsored by the American Heart Association within 6 months of hire

  • One year in an cute care setting to include critical care

  • Neonatal Intensive Care experience

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) competency certified

  • Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) experience.

  • Membership in a professional organization; CSRC, AARC

About the hospital you will serve.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is a 436-bed non-profit hospital that has served the greater South Bay communities of Los Angeles since 1960. We have a reputation for clinical excellence and sophisticated technology while providing care with a personal, healing touch. In addition to the finest general medical, surgical and critical care services, we offer a number of specialty programs including Cardiovascular Services, Women’s and Children’s Health, Oncology, and Emergency Care. We are proud to be named one of the Top 50 U.S. Hospitals for Heart Care by Thomson Reuters, the only community hospital in California to receive this honor. We were one of five hospitals in the United States recognized by American Hospital Association-McKesson for leadership and innovation in quality improvement. We received The Choice Award by AAHCP for Outstanding Customer Service Delivery, and were one of 24 hospitals and health systems in the nation to receive the Premier Award for Quality by the Premier healthcare alliance. As a member of Providence Health & Services, a Catholic-sponsored healthcare ministry, we believe strongly in respecting the dignity of each person, and give special concern to the most vulnerable members of our community.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: On Call

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Respiratory Therapists

Location: California-Torrance

Req ID: 243983