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Lead RRT | Respiratory Therapy - Le Bonheur Children's | Full Time - Days Job

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Date: Nov 13, 2021

Location: Memphis, TN, US

Company: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare


The Lead Registered Respiratory Therapist is responsible for assisting the Supervisor with the day-to-day operations of the Respiratory Care Dept as well as the standard and advanced respiratory care procedures patients suffering from various cardiopulmonary disorders and for performing other examinations and procedures as directed. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in MLH Mission, Vision and Values.



Education/Formal Training

Work Experience




Associate or Bachelor degree program approved by the CAAHEP or CoARC.


Must have 2 years experience in critical care.  Preceptor course is recommended with in 6 months of job possession.  For LeBonheur, completion of the Leading of Quest within 12 months of possession of the job position.


  • Licensed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) from the state of where is performed.


  • Current credential as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or has grandfathered credential prior to July 1, 2002 from the National Board of Respiratory Care.


  • Must have certification for PALS and NRP if required by facility. Must have completed competency and skill in advanced airway management.


  • Effective June 1, 2018: New Hires and Transfers are required to have current BLS Certification.








Formal training or Diploma program in Respiratory Therapy




  • Ability to understand and prepare moderately complex written materials, such as patient records.
  • Ability to communicate verbally with Associates, physicians, and other outside professionals.
  • Prepared by education, training, or experience to work with the age specific populations, preferred.
  • Ability to work without close supervision and to exercise independent judgement.
  • Ability to organize multiple tasks and projects and maintain control of work flow.
  • Must have completed competency and skill in intubation and airway management.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Performs routine respiratory therapy procedures including IPPB, O2 therapy, and humidity/aerosol therapy in an assigned area on patients.
  • Establishes and maintains ventilation and airway care for assigned patients and provides ventilatory support to patients receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  Performs advanced respiratory care techniques, including but not limited to: invasive pressure monitoring, including ICP, pulmonary artery catheters, cardiac output determinations, administration of Nitric Oxide, and other gases.  Assists physician in insertion of catheters as needed.  Performs arterial blood gas collection through line draws or punctures.
  • Performs patient assessment and reassessment through observation of the patient, clinical data gathering, response to therapy and reports findings accurately making referrals to appropriate disciplines as needed.
  • Provides educational development through guidance and teaching and serves as a technical resource person to the patient, patient's family, physician, students and other hospital staff regarding respiratory care procedures.
  • Recognizes and reacts appropriately to environmental safety factors and performs preventative and routine maintenance on respiratory care equipment and instruments.
  • Participates in departmental/hospital continuous improvement opportunities.

Physical Requirements

  • The physical activities of this position may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
  • Must have good balance and coordination.
  • The physical requirements of this position are: medium work - exerting up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 25 lbs. of force frequently.
  • The Associate is required to have close visual acuity including color, depth perception, and field of vision to perform an activity, such as assessing patients, preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; or extensive reading.
  • Frequent invasive and non-invasive patient contact.
  • Exposure to patient body fluids as well as exposure to hazardous or poisonous materials.
  • Ability to react quickly to emergency situations.

Nearest Major Market: Memphis

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