Respiratory Therapist

Job Description

SUMMARY Administers respiratory therapy care and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of cardiopulmonary system, under supervision of Physician and by prescription, by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Administers respiratory therapy and life support to patients with compromised or abnormal cardiopulmonary systems under the supervision of a physician and by prescription.   Performs diagnostic tests for cardiopulmonary systems by prescripiton.   Reads prescription, measures arterial blood gases, and reviews patient information to assess patient condition and determine requirements for treatment such as type and duration of therapy, and medication and dosages that will be compatible with physician's orders.   Determines most suitable method of administering inhalants, precautions to be observed, and modifications which may be needed that will be compatible with Physician's orders.   Sets up and operates devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators.   Operates equipment to ensure specified parameters of treatment such as volume, gas concentration, humidity, and temperature, and to administer medicinal gases and aerosol drugs to patients.   Monitors patient's physiological responses to therapy such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes.   Performs bronchopulmonary drainage and assists patient in performing breathing exercises.   Performs pulmonary function tests to be used by Physician in diagnosis of case.   Observes equipment function and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum results to therapy.   Consults with Physician in event of adverse reactions.   Maintains patient's chart that contains pertinent identification and therapy information.   Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently.   Orders repairs when needed.   Demonstrates respiratory care procedures to trainees and other health care personnel.   Arterial blood gas sampling. Arterial blood gas analysis. Arterial blood gas machine quality control, maintenance and troubleshooting. BIPAP applications. Cough and deep breathing patients. CPAP, CPR, CPT. Patient billing. EKG's. Event monitoring. Holter monitor diagnostic testing. IPPB. Incentive spiromithy. Mechanical ventilation. Mist tent set up and maintenance. Overnight oximeters. Oxygen therapy. Patient scheduling. Pre-op respiratory evaluations. Proficiency testing. Pulmonary function testing. Pulse oximetry. Quality control. Suctioning. Small volume nebulizer treatments. Aerosol treatments. Oxyhoods. Airway support in newborns.



An Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy is required.   Credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care as Registered respiratory Therapist. Licensed in the State of Montana.   BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP

Contact Information

Stacy Torgerson
Employment Specialist
10 Kruger Road / PO Box 768
Plains, MT 59859

Phone: (406) 826-4982
Fax: (406) 826-4992

Date Posted:
Clark Fork Valley Hospital
Plains, Montana
Education Level:
2-Year Degree
Required Travel:
Respiratory Care
Relevant Experience:
1-3 Years
Relocation Covered: