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Respiratory Therapist - RT

Duke Health Durham, NC

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Respiratory Therapist-Adult Care

Duke Regional Hospital Durham, NC


Duke Regional Hospital is looking for Respiratory Therapists to join their team.

Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for 40 years. With 1,935 employees, we provide outstanding medical care with compassionate, personalized service in a comfortable community hospital setting. Duke Regional Hospital has 369 inpatient beds and offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including orthopedics, weight loss surgery, women's services, and heart and vascular services. We also offer care at the Duke Rehabilitation Institute, the Health Services Center, and the James E. Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke Regional Hospital as #11 in North Carolina and #4 in the Raleigh-Durham area for 2020-21, and as high performing in gastroenterology, nephrology, and orthopedics. It is also ranked as high performing in four adult procedures/conditions: COPD, heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement.

Duke University and Duke University Health System each earned a spot on “America’s Best Employers 2021” list by Forbes. Duke is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. This is an exciting Full-time permanent position that offers amazing benefits which include:


•            Relocation allowance

•            Tuition Assistance

•            Generous PTO

•            Loan Forgiveness, and MUCH more, as well as the opportunity to work in a variety of fast-paced environments.


Duke Regional Hospital is located in Durham, North Carolina. If you’re interested, I’d love to tell you more about this opportunity. Please let me know when you would be available for a 15-minute phone call today, tomorrow, or later this week. I look forward to connecting with you soon! Feel free to click on the link below to find a time and day that will work for you. I look forward to hearing from you!



General Description

Perform diagnostic and therapeutic clinical procedures as defined in the Respiratory Care Services scope of clinical practice. Work performed in accordance with physician orders. Defined duties are performed working strictly with adult populations or working only with neonatal, pediatric populations, but not with both.   



Job Duties

•    Perform all duties and responsibilities required of a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

•    Evaluate appropriateness of medical orders.

•    Proficient in the application of mechanical ventilator modalities.

•    Proficient in the application of Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV); Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)

•    Perform endotracheal intubation under the observation of a Clinical Team Lead.

•    Perform extubations.

•    Serve as a member of the code/ emergency team. Administer medical gases. Insert nasogastric and orogastric tubes.

•    Perform tracheostomy tube changes.

•    Perform capnography monitoring. Transport patients requiring mechanical ventilation or airway protection.

•    Interpret clinical data to optimize patient clinical objectives.

•    Participate in clinical rounds with physicians; nurses and other health care providers

•    Assist with Bronchoscopy.

•    Assist with orientation and training of Resp. Care Practitioner.

•    Assure safe operations of devices in the MRI.

•    Qualified for certification in the hyperbaric chamber if applicable to the institution scope of practice



Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge necessary to make appropriate clinical decisions and interactions relative to the specific age of a patient.

Skills validation/certification of competencies for the duties and responsibilities required for a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Skills validation/certifications of competencies for the duties and responsibilities of this level.

Work involves contact with patients of all ages, family members, physicians, nursing, and all other members of the health care team.

Work is performed in all areas of the hospital.

Work may require lifting or pushing in excess of 30 pounds.

Required to carry emergency airway bag weighing approximately 20 pounds.

Work requires walking, running, climbing, and bending. Customer service and communication expertise​​​​​​



Completion of a 2 year AMA approved respiratory care program (Associates Degree or the equivalent) and is registry eligible. Successful completion of the registry exam (RRT) is required prior to employment.

Must maintain annual skill maintenance requirements Must maintain annual safety/compliance

Must maintain North Carolina annual license requirements for CEUs



Six months to one year of clinical experience following graduation from a respiratory care program.

North Carolina State Licensure. Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and any other certifications applicable to the institution.

North Carolina State Licensure Registry ( RRT) by the National Association for Respiratory Care (NBRC)


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke Regional Hospital and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.



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