Job Description

Location: St. Joseph Medical Center
Posted Date: 2/1/2024
Job Type: Full Time
Department: 4119.04480 RESPIRATORY THERAPY

Respiratory Therapist, with NICU Experience


Under the general supervision of the Director/Manager, renders professional. Respiratory Therapy in accordance with physician’s therapeutic plan, hospital and departmental guidelines, policies and protocols for standards of care. In doing so, assesses patient’s respiratory condition, plans for therapy, sets up and cares for appropriate respiratory equipment, administers prescribed inhalant medications, provides appropriate patient/family education and documents patient assessments and response to therapies.

Our level 3 NICU respiratory therapists are responsible for neonatal therapeutic equipment and processes including:

  • ventilator management with conventional as well as high-frequency oscillatory (HFO) and high-frequency jet (HFJ) ventilation
  • High flow nasal cannula setup and maintenance
  • Bcpap set up and maintenance
  • Medication administration, assessment and airway clearance
  • surfactant administration
  • assist with intubations
  • nitric oxide administration
  • blood gas analyzing and interpretation
  • blood gas lab organization and maintenance
  • Attendance at high-risk deliveries
  • Internal transports
    In addition to their duties in the NICU, neonatal RCPs will also work in adult care floors and units when needed.


Consistently supports and communicates the Mission, Vision, and values of St. Joseph Medical Center.
Upholds the Standards of Conduct and Corporate Compliance. Performs arterial blood gas, electrocardiogram, pulmonary function test, electroencephalogram procedures as indicated.
Operates and monitors equipment, such as ventilator, BIPAP, CPAP and inhalant medication delivery systems.
Administers inhalant medication according to physician orders, prescribed departmental and hospital guidelines.
Performs other duties as assigned, i.e. performing echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests and electroencephalograms.

Consistently follows patient care, and facility guidelines and procedures in performance.
Collaborates with inter and intra professional colleagues to ensure quality outcomes.
Assesses patient’s respiratory condition, plans for therapy, sets up and cares for appropriate respiratory devices, performs and administers prescribed actions/medications, provides patient/family educations, evaluates patient’s therapy, documents and communicates patient assessments and responses to therapies to nurse, physician and on patient medical record.
Makes regular rounds on assigned patients to ensure physician’s orders are being followed, equipment is in good operational condition and assesses patient’s response to therapy.
Functions as a resource person sharing and providing clinical knowledge with other medical staff as appropriate.

Completes annual education requirements.
Maintains competency, as evidenced by completion of competency validation requirements.
Promotes of a culture of patient safety which results in the identification and reduction of unsafe practices.
Uses professional judgment and critical thinking to prepare, prioritize, and execute the patient’s plan of care consistent with patient assessment data, physicians’ treatment plans, and professional standards of care. Implements measures to prevent exposure to infectious pathogens and communicable conditions.
Identifies risks and hazards to patients through various risk assessments, with actions taken to mitigate patient harm.
Problem-solves respiratory therapy equipment for malfunction, proactively reports equipment in need of repair as indicated and follows up on status of repair. Other duties as assigned.


Maintains competency and knowledge of current standards of practice, trends, and developments.
Enhances the patient experience by fostering a positive relationship with customers.
Contributes to improving patient satisfaction results.
Initiates and proactively participates in ongoing quality improvement activities.
Finance: Promotes stewardship of hospital resources while ensuring quality patient care.

Licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner accepted by Texas Medical Board
Technical, clerical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills relevant to patient care/area.
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced
Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required.
Pediatric Cardiac Life Support (PALS) certification is to be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained.
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification must be held by all respiratory therapist who attend and assist with infants in Labor & Delivery.
Other certification requirements as defined by the certification policy.
Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.

PREFERRED Bi or Multilingual.


About Steward Health Care
Nearly a decade ago, Steward Health Care System emerged as a different kind of health care company designed to usher in a new era of wellness. One that provides our patients better, more proactive care at a sustainable cost, our providers unrivaled coordination of care, and our communities greater prosperity and stability.
As the country's largest physician-led, minority-owned, integrated health care system, our doctors can be certain that we share their interests and those of their patients. Together we are on a mission to revolutionize the way health care is delivered - creating healthier lives, thriving communities and a better world.
Steward is among the nation’s largest and most successful accountable care organizations (ACO), with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 health care professionals who care for 12.3 million patients a year through a closely integrated network of hospitals, multispecialty medical groups, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and behavioral health centers.
Based in Dallas, Steward currently operates 33 hospitals across Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Steward Health Care is proud to be a minority, physician owned organization. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are at the foundation of the care we provide, the community services we support and all our employment practices. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.

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