MEDSURG JOB DESCRIPTION: •Meets patient's goals and needs and provides quality care by conducting pulmonary function tests; assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining respiratory therapy treatment plans in consultation with physicians and by prescription.•Helps patient accomplish treatment plan and supports life by administering inhalants; operating mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators.•Administers respiratory therapy treatments by performing bronchopulmonary drainage; assisting with breathing exercises; monitoring physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes; directing treatments given by aides, technicians, and assistants.•Evaluates effects of the respiratory therapy treatment plan by observing, noting, and evaluating patient's progress; recommending adjustments and modifications.•Completes discharge planning by consulting with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health care workers; contributing to patient care conferences.•Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing home exercise programs; instructing patients, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs; recommending and/or providing assistive equipment; recommending outpatient or home health follow-up programs.•Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.•Maintains patient confidence and protects hospital operations by keeping the information confidential.•Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.•Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.•Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturers instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.•Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.•Develops respiratory therapy staff by providing information; developing and conducting in-service training programs.•Complies with federal, state, and local legal and certification requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.•Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
TELE DUTIES: Plans and implements individualized nursing treatment programs for patients and their families. Assesses patient's conditions and nursing needs; including cardiac rhythm. Develops, implements, and updates individualized nursing care plans and reports pertinent observations and patient reactions to appropriate personnel (physician, head nurse, charge nurse and./or nursing supervisor) and records observations accurately, legibly, and concisely. Administers medications as prescribed and according to client facility policy, procedures and/or protocols. Performs treatments for patients as prescribed according to client facility policy, procedures and/or protocols. Collaborates with physicians regarding patient care and family needs. Assists team members in giving care, or administering direct care when professional nursing skills and/or judgment are needed. Coordinates and prioritizes care requiring multi-disciplinary services. Develops and/or implements an individualized patient/family teaching plan. Assists with or institutes emergency measures for adverse developments in patient condition. Manages a safe and clean patient environment. Assumes responsibility for maintaining professional nursing practice by Updating and documenting core competencies. Provides for infection control according to OSHA standards and client facility policy, procedures, and protocols. Participates and educates patient/family discharge planning as required. Documents and communicates all patient concerns during shift. Participates in education/training programs regarding compliance as required.