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Respiratory Therapist - Day Shift (6:30am - 7:00pm)

Allied Health
Critical Care& RespiratoryCare 203100
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The Respiratory Care team provides a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient health care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  With the help of highly trained equipment techs and internal information system support, our therapists can focus on the essentials of quality patient care. To do so, respiratory therapists are systematically assigned specific areas to promote respiratory excellence.  Respiratory Care provides services to a full range of patients from toddler to the elderly with emphasis in acute and critical care. 


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation’s top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals.”  MD Anderson’s mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention. Our mission also includes education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


Provides respiratory care modalities to patients as ordered by physicians or based on approved protocols, including but not limited to the administration of respiratory related medications, oxygen and humidity therapies, airway clearance therapy, invasive and noninvasive ventilation, lung studies etc. Develops, implements and revises patient care plans. Ensures prepackaged medications are the correct drug, dosage and dosage form.


Discusses orders for respiratory care with physicians, nurses, supervisors and/or sectional clerical staff. Documents pertinent patient care data in medical and sectional records. Operates and modifies all respiratory care equipment as necessary. Assists with the clinical training of respiratory care students. Orients new employees. Performs charge duties and acts as lead respiratory therapist when necessary. Sets up and maintains respiratory care equipment. Performs blood gas testing and analyses.


Shift:  Days 6:30am - 7:00pm with rotating weekends and holidays; 36 hrs


Salary range:  $59,600 - $74,500 - $89,400



Patient Care:

Administers various respiratory care modalities, as ordered by physicians, or based on approved protocols.  Conducts pre and post modality assessment through direct contact and chart review. 
Performs appropriate respiratory assessment; interprets clinical data; evaluates patient breathing effort, ventilatory pattern, and use of accessory muscles to develop plan of care based on this assessment; analyzes, interprets, recommends POC based on ABG and other clinical data.
Documents accurately and timely, and maintains departmental records. Participates in shift report to effectively communicate all relevant information to upcoming shift.  Ensures proper selection, assembly, use, and cleaning or disposal of equipment and/or supplies used in the delivery of respiratory services in accordance with infection control practices and based on department policy. Recognizes and rectifies equipment malfunction.


Patient Safety:   
Integrates patient safety principles into all aspects of care. Monitors and evaluates patient care and processes in an effort to identify opportunities to improve safety and quality of patient care. Responds timely and appropriately in emergency procedures such as airway management, resuscitation, intubation, and MERIT calls. Assists with care and maintenance of department equipment and supplies. Communicates with the supervisor/charge RT and biomedical engineering department of malfunctioning equipment. Acts as steward of resources.


Education and Leadership: 
Acts as Shift in-charge to ensure adequate staffing for all shifts; division of patient care assignments; responding to patient/family concerns; allocation of equipment and supplies.
Attends staff meetings, in services, and education seminars according to departmental guidelines. Provides patient and/or family education related to specific respiratory modality.



Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy from an approved and accredited program or university.


Required:  None

Preferred:  Two years of experience as a Respiratory Therapist




Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Basic Life Support (BLS) by AHA

Advanced Life Support (ACLS) by AHA

Licensed by the Texas Medical Board (TMB) to practice Respiratory Care.


It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html


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